paulinaporizkova wrote:rbarcelo9 wrote:I've been told at least 15 times by people on TLS that I am NOT a URM. When asking if I had a shot, they said no, you are not a URM only Puerto Ricans and Mexicans, not Cubans. So now that I have gotten an acceptance, I am a URM? But not when I hadn't applied to any schools, and had "little to no chance in the t14". I'm sure you're right though, I only got in because me no speaky the language and my parents floated over here on a tire and work picking oranges.
EDIT: I mis-posted my GPA. 3.76 is my real GPA.
you didn't ask the right TLSers, who could tell you that plenty of "white hispanics" get URM boosts all the time, even if their parents own gold mines. just because LSAC says it isn't true doesn't mean it isn't for schools. you don't get into a t6 with your numbers WITHOUT a URM boost, barring some out of this world softs or connections. enjoy your acceptances though - makes me really wish i was cuban.
FTR, if i recall you got into berkeley as well. point furthered.
For what it's worth, I'm a "white Hispanic" (by which I guess you mean non-Mexican and non-Puerto Rican— though of course there are actually plenty of non-white other Hispanics, and also plenty of white Mexicans and Puerto Ricans; or, at least plenty of people who are considered white in Mexico and Puerto Rico even if they aren't considered white anymore once they get to the States), and my LSAT was higher but my GPA lower than cited above. And yet I got rejected from Berkeley. LSAT above their 75th, GPA below their 25th. And non-traditional, abundant work/service experience (probably analogous to, but not exactly, TFA or Peace Corps).
I might have had a better shot if I'd not submitted the same two-page personal statement I submitted everywhere else but gone for the extended statement that Berkeley allows, and/or if I'd submitted earlier (I only went complete mid-January). Still: they didn't give me a spot, despite my strong LSAT and Hispanic-ness. Obviously anything that makes a candidate stand out—like being part of an under-represented group—works in their favor, but it really can be more complicated and unpredictable than you're suggesting.