crit_racer wrote:I find it weird that you would be an auto-ding b/c of your PS, though. Especially if it wasn't offensive but was just bland or something. I mean, did he not mention anything about #s?
He said my numbers weren't a concern. I think a lot of it has to do with a good GPA, a 174 from 8 years ago (when I was actually able to study and in the "school/test" mindset), and the fact that it seems for applicants with a lot of "real world" experience, they focus more on the PS and the resume. I didn't get a feel that they put that much stock into LORs, though.
Edit: My PS wasn't bad (see: Iowa - Admit, UMN - WL), or at least not bad enough to deter other, higher ranked schools from admitting/WL'ing me. I guess it just didn't highlight the "view" they wanted to see. I spoke about my children, as they are more important to me than anything else I've ever done. I guess UW just wanted to hear more about my military experience. He really did seem to emphasize that... he must have mentioned the word "Marines" 50 times in our 10 minute conversation.