Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby Pless » Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:42 pm

Aggiegrad2011 wrote:I totally understand that, I was just wondering what the general sentiment is about visits. Naturally, sub-standard scores won't be compensated with by personality and such and I didn't mean to suggest otherwise.

For someone interested in a brief meeting for questions, a tour and a class visit as well, should they e-mail the general admissions office for a time/date?

Thanks so much!


We love people to visit, I just don't want anyone coming with a false expectation about what will happen. To schedule a time, just call the office and my team will set something up. If you want to meet with me specifically, just let them know and they will find a time that I am available.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby kk19131 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:53 pm

I just discovered all the Youtube videos the College made.

...including an introduction from a certain dean.

I think everyone should take a look: --LinkRemoved--

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby JenDarby » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:48 pm

Dean Pless,

I was accepted, with scholarship money (which I'm am extremely excited about!), but am retaking the LSAT in February. Would a higher LSAT score be something Illinois would take into consideration for raising scholarship offers?

Thanks for the acceptance and current offer!

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby Pless » Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:55 pm

JenDarby wrote:Dean Pless,

I was accepted, with scholarship money (which I'm am extremely excited about!), but am retaking the LSAT in February. Would a higher LSAT score be something Illinois would take into consideration for raising scholarship offers?

Thanks for the acceptance and current offer!


It is possible. I would be more swayed by offers from peer schools. Happy to have the conversation with you.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby kk19131 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:33 pm

Dean Pless:


I read on here that there might be a plan to raise the qualifying income for LRAP from $55,000 to $65,000. Is the school still considering this?

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby kk19131 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:35 pm

Pless wrote:
JenDarby wrote:Dean Pless,

I was accepted, with scholarship money (which I'm am extremely excited about!), but am retaking the LSAT in February. Would a higher LSAT score be something Illinois would take into consideration for raising scholarship offers?

Thanks for the acceptance and current offer!


It is possible. I would be more swayed by offers from peer schools. Happy to have the conversation with you.



Not to sound foolish, but what do you consider a peer school?

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby Pless » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:04 am

kk19131 wrote:Dean Pless:


I read on here that there might be a plan to raise the qualifying income for LRAP from $55,000 to $65,000. Is the school still considering this?


That is possible.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby Pless » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:06 am

kk19131 wrote:
Pless wrote:
JenDarby wrote:Dean Pless,

I was accepted, with scholarship money (which I'm am extremely excited about!), but am retaking the LSAT in February. Would a higher LSAT score be something Illinois would take into consideration for raising scholarship offers?

Thanks for the acceptance and current offer!


It is possible. I would be more swayed by offers from peer schools. Happy to have the conversation with you.



Not to sound foolish, but what do you consider a peer school?


It is best to just call or email me with the list of schools you are considering and the offers they have made. We can then talk about it and figure out what is the best fit.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby thelaststraw05 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:36 am

Dean Pless,

I know you've already been thanked many times here, but I wanted to add my voice to the chorus. The application process at Illinois has been the least painful and most informed of any I have been through. I have not been stressed, because I know that any question I have will be answered fully and without reproach.

Further, knowing when I would go under review and hear a response has decreased the need to obsessively check my status checker. While I feel that the status checker IS a good thing for transparency, I think that Illinois has taken the next step and should be emulated by other schools.

If you Deans of Admissions have conferences (or secret meetings in a dark lair... whichever), know that us applicant back your way of doing things.

Thanks!

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby krad » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:48 am

Who's excited for this Friday?? :mrgreen:

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby thelaststraw05 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:52 am

krad wrote:Who's excited for this Friday?? :mrgreen:


I'm excited for this Friday. I just wish there weren't so many days between now and then. :(

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby Barbie » Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:15 pm

Hi Dean Pless,

Are your offices open? If not, when will they open again? I am coming for a visit at the end of the month and am hoping to schedule a tour, etc. Also, do you think there will be snow around this time? :D

-A girl who hasn't seen snow since she was 8

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby Pless » Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:35 pm

Barbie wrote:Hi Dean Pless,

Are your offices open? If not, when will they open again? I am coming for a visit at the end of the month and am hoping to schedule a tour, etc. Also, do you think there will be snow around this time? :D

-A girl who hasn't seen snow since she was 8

We are open for business. Probably 50/50 on snow. We don't have any snow on the ground now (two 50 degree days took care of that), but we should be getting a few inches tonight and tomorrow.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby huttom84 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:28 pm

Hi Dean Pless,

Sooo I'm curious as to the the amount of weight you place on undergraduate major. I'm graduating with a degree in Human Biology with a good gpa (hopefully makes up for a very mediocre LSAT) and I have heard that perhaps law schools may frown on majors from the life sciences because they think the applicant really wanted to go to med school but just couldn't cut it. I have also heard that they do not think this way but it would be nice to hear your opinion! I apologize if similar questions have come up...I scanned the thread and didnt see anything but i could have missed something. Thank you for your time!

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby MrThomasFT3 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:00 pm

krad wrote:Who's excited for this Friday?? :mrgreen:


Actually, I'm anxious right now... If I receive good news on Friday then I'll be excited...

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby nsideirish » Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:34 am

krad wrote:Who's excited for this Friday?? :mrgreen:


Nervous. Seems like my numbers might not be up to par this cycle. Hopefully my application makes up for it. I'm feelings 60% chance of straight up rejection, 30% of WL, and 10% of acceptance. Ahhhh

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby Pless » Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:56 am

huttom84 wrote:Hi Dean Pless,
Sooo I'm curious as to the the amount of weight you place on undergraduate major. I'm graduating with a degree in Human Biology with a good gpa (hopefully makes up for a very mediocre LSAT) and I have heard that perhaps law schools may frown on majors from the life sciences because they think the applicant really wanted to go to med school but just couldn't cut it. I have also heard that they do not think this way but it would be nice to hear your opinion! I apologize if similar questions have come up...I scanned the thread and didnt see anything but i could have missed something. Thank you for your time!


The undergraduate major and the institution that it is from is very important. We look for people who have challenged themselves in tough programs and have done well. I think a lot of people start off thinking about med school either due to family pressures or a lack of understanding about what medical school really is. I don't worry too much about people who have switched out of that track, as long as their performance is strong.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby JJDancer » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:46 pm

krad wrote:Who's excited for this Friday?? :mrgreen:

TOMORROW! :D

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby MrThomasFT3 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:42 am

JJDancer wrote:
krad wrote:Who's excited for this Friday?? :mrgreen:

TOMORROW! :D


Today!!!

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby thelaststraw05 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:44 am

MrThomasFT3 wrote:
JJDancer wrote:
krad wrote:Who's excited for this Friday?? :mrgreen:

TOMORROW! :D


Today!!!


You beat me! Just to add to the "TODAY!" sentiment, it was around 9:30 ET that Dean Pless posted accepts/denials/WL on this forum and I believe emails hit around 10:00 ET.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby krad » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:15 am

Eek!! Good luck Friday batch, I'm excited!

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby thelaststraw05 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:01 am

krad wrote:Eek!! Good luck Friday batch, I'm excited!


Me too. I keep refreshing this page.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby Pless » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:29 am

Decisions will be going out in a few minutes. 83 Admits, 37 offers to the Wait List and 234 Denies. Good luck to everyone.

The next round will be going into review today. All files complete through January 10 will go into review with a decision on Friday, January 21st.

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby thelaststraw05 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:30 am

Pless wrote:Decisions will be going out in a few minutes. 83 Admits, 37 offers to the Wait List and 234 Denies. Good luck to everyone.

The next round will be going into review today. All files complete through January 10 will go into review with a decision on Friday, January 21st.


Thank you! Now I can stop refreshing this page and start refreshing my email!

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Re: Illinois Class of 2014 (With Dean Pless)

Postby thelaststraw05 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:33 am

thelaststraw05 wrote:
Pless wrote:Decisions will be going out in a few minutes. 83 Admits, 37 offers to the Wait List and 234 Denies. Good luck to everyone.

The next round will be going into review today. All files complete through January 10 will go into review with a decision on Friday, January 21st.


Thank you! Now I can stop refreshing this page and start refreshing my email!


Thank you for the offer of admissions and for the $30,000 scholarship. I'm very excited!




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