jesss wrote:NoleinNY wrote:trose28 wrote:I am strongly considering loyola after visiting, received a nice scholarship, however I am really worried about making it into the top 30 percent after the first year. Do you know any information about those who just miss it? Is loyola willing to work with students, bc I would hate to attend and then have to scramble to transfer after my first year
The school is good about NOT section stacking, however; people have a fair shot at keeping their schollies (though it is certainly not guaranteed).
Edit: I would like to add, for the sake of disclosure and honesty (I have no fear of admitting the following, as it will neither affect my pride or anonymity) but I have a scholarship with stipulations and did not get the grades I would've hoped for in December. They aren't insurmountably bad; however, I need to push extra hard this spring to hope to keep it. [While this is no excuse, one of the reasons I didn't perform as well was because I was very sick around exam time. This just goes to show that you can plan, work hard, study right, go in prepared and still be thrown a curveball.]
This is one of my main concerns. I tried looking for data on the percentage that keep their scholarships but was unable to find it. Can you give me a rough estimate? I doubt people talk about this a lot, but do you know of many who have lost their money (top 30% req)? I remember reading somewhere that top 30% is about a 3.4...is that accurate? Thanks!
I do not personally know the number of people who have lost their scholarships. I mostly associate with fellow 1Ls, and scholarships are only recalculated at the end of the academic year.
The school does not section stack, so it is not like there is a set number of people who must lose their scholarships. Here is an illustration (note that I making these numbers up, as I don't recall the exact ones off hand):
Hypo 1: The school hands out some type of scholarship to 50% of the class, contingent on being in the top 30%. The school spreads out people with scholarships evenly among the sections among the 4 sections. By chance, all the people in the top 30% are people who got the scholarship. In this scenario, 60% of the people with scholarships would keep them.
Hypo 2: The school hands out some type of scholarship to 50% of the class, contingent on being in the top 30%. The school puts all the scholarship people in 2 of the 4 sections. In this scenario, it would be almost impossible for most of the recipients to keep their money.
That number you pointed out, with 3.4 being approximately the top 30% was accurate... for last year. Because of how the grades are calculated, that isn't always going to be the case. This year, it could be 3.3, or 3.5(!). This is because your individual grades are calculated by section, but your GPA rank is against the whole school. You could have a different few people (in theory) get the A's in each of your different classes within your section. Same goes for everyone else in every other section. So if most people have very mixed results on their tests, the GPA required for a Top 30% will be lower.
If it looks like I qualified my statements a lot... It's because, well, I did. Law school isn't the right place to go if you can't handle uncertainty haha.