Are Why Essays Necessary?

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XYL42
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Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby XYL42 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:55 pm

I have already got my lsat, resume, ps, LOR, and diversity statement ready to go. I am still confused about "Why" essays and how important are they. The consensus seems to suggest that for Michigan, UVA and Penn, they are very important. Is that true? What about other schools like NYU and Columbia?

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby Rigo » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:05 am

They're important for PVM because those schools yield protect and are prone to deny you if you're above their 75th percentiles.
They're not that important for the Top 6 schools because they don't YP.

The importance of Why X essays depends on your stats.

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby 03152016 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:24 am

no need for a why essay at ccn. they know why you want to attend, no yp as rigo said

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby XYL42 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:47 am

Brut wrote:no need for a why essay at ccn. they know why you want to attend, no yp as rigo said


what about duke then?

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby xylocarp » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:17 am

XYL42 wrote:
Brut wrote:no need for a why essay at ccn. they know why you want to attend, no yp as rigo said


what about duke then?

duke seems to have been doing some YP-ish priority reserves this cycle, so I'd write one

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby hill1334 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:49 am

I had a 170 LSAT when I initially applied to UVA, and as I did not think I was likely to be YP, I did not write a "Why UVA." However, I scored a 173 on my December LSAT, and I suppose that being YP is much more likely now. Can I submit a "Why UVA" now, or would doing so appear forced? Should I just wait until they either accept or waitlist me (assuming I am not rejected) and then write a "LOCI" in order to try to get off of the waitlist? UVA is one of my top couple choices, so I would seriously prefer not to be YP.
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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby KMart » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:51 am

hill1334 wrote:I had a 170 LSAT when I initially applied to UVA and, as I did not think I was likely to be YP, I did not write a "Why UVA." However, I scored a 173 on my December LSAT, and I suppose that being YP is much more likely now. Can I submit a "Why UVA" now, or would doing so appear forced? Should I just wait until they either accept or waitlist me (assuming I am not rejected) and then right a "LOCI" in order to try to get off of the waitlist? UVA is one of my top couple choices, so I would seriously prefer not to be YP.

Go ahead and write one now and if you get WLed you can write a LOCI.

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby hill1334 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:59 am

imKMart wrote:
hill1334 wrote:I had a 170 LSAT when I initially applied to UVA and, as I did not think I was likely to be YP, I did not write a "Why UVA." However, I scored a 173 on my December LSAT, and I suppose that being YP is much more likely now. Can I submit a "Why UVA" now, or would doing so appear forced? Should I just wait until they either accept or waitlist me (assuming I am not rejected) and then right a "LOCI" in order to try to get off of the waitlist? UVA is one of my top couple choices, so I would seriously prefer not to be YP.

Go ahead and write one now and if you get WLed you can write a LOCI.


A "Why UVA" two weeks after I applied will not be considered odd? I guess it will likely help even if I would have been better off writing one earlier.

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby Liz18 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:44 am

I won't be applying until this coming fall, but I have a followup question. I very much want to go to UVA (more than any other school in the T14) for many reasons including strong personal ties to the region, but I'm worried being overly enthusiastic about it will reduce my scholarship chances.

I'm retaking the LSAT in June or Oct, but assuming I have above the 75% GPA and about the median LSAT, how would a "Why" essay effect my scholarship chances? Would the effect be different if I were above or below the median?

(I am very concerned about finances, and though I really want to go to UVA, I would choose big money at a slightly lower school before UVA with minimal or no scholarship.)

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby KMart » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:02 am

A why essay might help a little towards finances. If anything why essays at other schools would also behoove you for negotiation purposes at UVA since you seem to be leaning towards there. I'm not sure why essays give you a bigger scholarship, but they will get you away from YP hell where receive zero scholarship because you are in decision or WL purgatory. They're not hard to write; you seem decided on where you want to go, just verbalize that in a single page.

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby xylocarp » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:53 am

I wrote a SUPER enthusiastic Why UVA (I also have super strong ties to the region), and I got a Dillard. applying early also seems to be absolutely key for that this year. def write it and don't hold back, and try to apply as early as possible.

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Re: Are Why Essays Necessary?

Postby romeo1985 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:39 am

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