Technically, not a ding....but it certainly feels like one. I write you a Why Vanderbilt? essay, work at the University for 2 years, above your 25% LSAT, above your 75% GPA, applied early, schlepped downtown for the alum interview, and that's still not good enough for you? I even did my master's thesis on Cornelius Vanderbilt's founding of the university!!
But, I guess you're right. I should go to a school that has some semblance of school spirit. That IS important to me. I see more Univ. of Alabama and Univ. of Florida apparel than I do Vandy. This proves to me your students not only lack school spirit, but also good taste. I remember a football game I had the misfortune of being dragged to, and being disgusted that 3/4 of the stadium was filled with the visiting team. The only NFL prospect of note you have ever produced is a d*ck. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6017986
What's that? You have academic standards that impair your ability to compete? Funny, Northwestern and Stanford are BETTER schools and they seem to fielding decent, even good, football teams from time and time. And, by the way, being the smartest school in the SEC is like being the skinniest girl at fat camp. I wouldn't feel too good about myself.
Your LSAT median was a whopping 162 only 9 years ago. Now, it's 169? You're a social climbing whore desperate to join the 'cool kids' in the T14. Too bad if anyone is going to do it, it's going to be Texas/UCLA. I remember the girls just outside the A-team being the cruelest in high school. That's you.
Keep telling yourself that you have name recognition throughout the country. Vanderbilt is more famous as 1). a pair of jeans from the 80's (thanks Gloria!) and 2). a NEW ENGLAND family. If the so-called 'Southern Ivies' were the Pussycat Dolls, Duke would be the lead singer (you know, the only one people recognize), Vanderbilt, Tulane, Emory, etc. are her backup dancers with jacked-up faces.
Also, why are you BRAGGING about your law school being one of the most expensive in the country? That's f*$($ed up.
EDIT: I'm not really a jerk and I don't REALLY feel this way....just a little hurt.