MikeSpivey wrote:SPerez wrote:. All in all, this is another thing I put in the category of "Things applicants worry about that they shouldn't because they can't do anything about it".
I actually think these are very legitimate things to consider and know the answer, as much as we all can, to. In other words, why not ask for an answer to these?
I've always been the Type-B person among my Type-A brethren. My attitude is, so you have that answer. Then what? What does an applicant do with that information? You can't change your race/ethnicity. You can't/shouldn't lie on your application. Does it really matter to know that your chances of acceptance at a school are 67% instead of 60% (knowing that such specificity is unknowable)?
If it would change where you apply, why would it? Am I too much of a romantic to believe that students should apply to schools based on things like location, employment, programs, and fit? Does a dream school become less of a dream if you know that your odds of getting in are actually 10% instead of 20%? Wouldn't you still apply regardless, and wouldn't you still apply other places you had a better chance knowing it was still unlikely?
If you're goal is elite schools, then you already sort of don't care about location and are chasing name and prestige. If you're in the other 90%, most of that group is looking in certain geographic region and will probably apply to a subset of the schools in that region, regardless of their odds of getting in (especially in these days of fee waivers for all). Knowing just the median LSAT and GPA of a school is almost always specific enough for a student to know what schools to apply to in their Reach/Middle/Safety categories, IMO.
I just think that students are much better served by spending time studying for the LSAT, working on their PS, improving their grades, finding work experiences, etc. than worrying about things they have no control over.