CoaltoNewCastle wrote:A lot of these posts just aren't reaches though, unless my idea of a reach is incorrect.
Fact. I'm sorry, but while I most certainly congratulate everyone who gets into the schools they're hoping to get into, I'm still quite certain that a 3.9X GPA with a 17X LSAT score is most certainly NOT a reach for anywhere (Heck, if you have over a 165 LSAT and over a 3.7 GPA, you're not "reaching" for any schools). Seriously, you could be accepted to Yale with that, and I'll say congrats for sure--but even there, that's not a reaching score. There's definitely a difference between getting into a reach and getting into the school you want to go to.
That said, I've recently been accepted to Iowa (highest ranking accept yet)
URM: Kinda--I'm able to check both American Indian and Caucasian
No optional essay.
I think it was a combination of factors that got me in. 1) I'm a Peace Corps volunteer. 2) I can check the American Indian box. 3) I had a rocking PS. 4) I have a crazy amount of work and additional volunteer experience.
I also can't really consider Iowa a reach--my LSAT was well within their range (their 75% is 164) even if my GPA was well below.