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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Barbie » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:14 pm

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Drive wasn't so bad :D :D

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Flips88 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:45 am

Woke up to an email telling me I'm WL. LSAT right near median, GPA way over 75th. Hmmmmmm :?

Definitely wasn't expecting that. Should have written a Why Illinois in the first place I guess. Does anyone know how an LOCI affects one's position on the waitlist as well as chances at scholarship?

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby blurbz » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:04 am

From speaking with the dean, it's my understanding that Illinois is trying hard to push its numbers AND get people who are genuinely interested in coming. If you have the numbers, you likely still need a "Why Illinois" to feel comfortable: Part of having a free application means there will be more applicants competing for the same number of seats and you'd be wise to do everything you can if you want to snag one of them.

Edit: Smith told me that they're treating recruiting as if they were a football team: Going everywhere and talking to everybody. As a result, students with ALL levels of numbers are being attracted to Illinois and are expressing their genuine interest. What does that mean? Lots of competition.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Flips88 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:12 am

blurbz wrote:From speaking with the dean, it's my understanding that Illinois is trying hard to push it's numbers AND get people who are genuinely interested in coming. If you have the numbers, you likely still need a "Why Illinois" to feel comfortable: Part of having a free application means there will be more applicants competing for the same number of seats and you'd be wise to do everything you can if you want to snag one of them.

Edit: Smith told me that they're treating recruiting as if they were a football team: Going everywhere and talking to everybody. As a result, students with ALL levels of numbers are being attracted to Illinois and are expressing their genuine interest. What does that mean? Lots of competition.


Thanks. I'm drafting an LOCI already. Illinois was the first application that I turned in so I wasn't fully aware of the importance of supplemental essays, had a different version of my personal statement, etc.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby krad » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:13 am

Good luck Flips! Def submit that LOCI and any updates. Also, Pless has said that being waitlisted does not necessarily impact $ offers either. This recently came up ITT if you search back a few pages :)

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby blurbz » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:14 am

Flips88 wrote:Woke up to an email telling me I'm WL. LSAT right near median, GPA way over 75th. Hmmmmmm :?

Definitely wasn't expecting that. Should have written a Why Illinois in the first place I guess. Does anyone know how an LOCI affects one's position on the waitlist as well as chances at scholarship?



Waitlist at Illinois is not ranked, but a well-written LOCI can only help. Scholarships are given out as long as there is money. Scholarship funds are obviously depleted by the time schools get to the waitlist, but if people who have been awarded money have forfeited their seat, that money will be given to someone else, possibly from the waitlist. In terms of money, it's a guessing game, really! If you get in and you need money to attend, it's worth talking to Pless. He might not be able to do anything for you, but he's receptive enough to professional requests that it's well worth talking to him.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby blurbz » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:15 am

Flips88 wrote:
blurbz wrote:From speaking with the dean, it's my understanding that Illinois is trying hard to push it's numbers AND get people who are genuinely interested in coming. If you have the numbers, you likely still need a "Why Illinois" to feel comfortable: Part of having a free application means there will be more applicants competing for the same number of seats and you'd be wise to do everything you can if you want to snag one of them.

Edit: Smith told me that they're treating recruiting as if they were a football team: Going everywhere and talking to everybody. As a result, students with ALL levels of numbers are being attracted to Illinois and are expressing their genuine interest. What does that mean? Lots of competition.


Thanks. I'm drafting an LOCI already. Illinois was the first application that I turned in so I wasn't fully aware of the importance of supplemental essays, had a different version of my personal statement, etc.



No problem. Good luck to you!

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Sandro » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:18 am

Rejected. Not surprising, seems like a line is being drawn at 168 barring URM/high GPA. Kind of disheartening to see people with +1 LSAT and +.1 gpa get in, though.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby krad » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:19 am

Sandro777 wrote:Rejected. Not surprising, seems like a line is being drawn at 168 barring URM/high GPA. Kind of disheartening to see people with +1 LSAT and +.1 gpa get in, though.


:( so sorry to hear buddy!!

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Flips88 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:22 am

Sandro777 wrote:Rejected. Not surprising, seems like a line is being drawn at 168 barring URM/high GPA. Kind of disheartening to see people with +1 LSAT and +.1 gpa get in, though.

Yes also disheartening to see people with 1-3 point higher LSAT in with full tuition scholarship.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Sandro » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:36 am

Flips88 wrote:
Sandro777 wrote:Rejected. Not surprising, seems like a line is being drawn at 168 barring URM/high GPA. Kind of disheartening to see people with +1 LSAT and +.1 gpa get in, though.

Yes also disheartening to see people with 1-3 point higher LSAT in with full tuition scholarship.


Retake :roll:

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Flips88 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:40 am

Sandro777 wrote:
Flips88 wrote:
Sandro777 wrote:Rejected. Not surprising, seems like a line is being drawn at 168 barring URM/high GPA. Kind of disheartening to see people with +1 LSAT and +.1 gpa get in, though.

Yes also disheartening to see people with 1-3 point higher LSAT in with full tuition scholarship.


Retake :roll:


Haha eff that.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby mez06 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:41 am

Barbie wrote:Image

Drive wasn't so bad :D :D


wohoo! picture looks nice. Though i checked the weather and its suppose to be -4 there and feel like -18 :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Dr. Strangelove » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:54 am

Rejected
165/3.0
(Ended up getting another 165 in December)

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby jayman6 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:59 am

If there was a small typo in the subject line of the email that I sent with my LOCI will I automatically be rejected? It's one of those things where you proof read so carefully that you completely miss something. It was just one missing letter and it didn't have a substantial negative impact to what I intended to say.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Flips88 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:00 pm

Is it best to send an LOCI via email or snail mail or both?

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby krad » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:14 pm

jay I think you'll be fine, it's just the subject line of an email, not the actual letter.

Flips I'd send it both ways... At least that's my plan for my soon-to-become WL's.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby OfficialWheelman » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:23 pm

mez06 wrote:
Barbie wrote:Image

Drive wasn't so bad :D :D


wohoo! picture looks nice. Though i checked the weather and its suppose to be -4 there and feel like -18 :shock: :shock: :shock:

It actually feels like -22F right now... But generally it's the wind that really gets you. It picks up speed because of the flatness in the areas surrounding Champaign. That being said, it's nice and warm inside. :)

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby ArchRoark » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:30 pm

Flips88 wrote:Is it best to send an LOCI via email or snail mail or both?

I work in an admissions office of a community college and I know my coworkers and I just trash redundant material. I am sure Dean Pless can comment on the preferred method of updating an applcant's file (I am going to guess it is by email). If you do send it by email, I would attach it as a word doc or PDF and not put LOCI into the body of the email.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby xqhp82 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:32 pm

My 6th rejection of the cycle
163/3.7

What can I say...life sucks!

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby jayman6 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:49 pm

Flips88 wrote:Is it best to send an LOCI via email or snail mail or both?


A few days after I was placed on the waitlist, Dean Pless emailed me and he said if I had further relevant information to provide I could email it to the admissions office. I don't think a hard copy sent through snail mail is necessary.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby krad » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:03 pm

That's good to know with the email vs. regular mail, thanks guys!

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby OfficialWheelman » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:13 pm

ArchRoark wrote:
Flips88 wrote:Is it best to send an LOCI via email or snail mail or both?

I work in an admissions office of a community college and I know my coworkers and I just trash redundant material. I am sure Dean Pless can comment on the preferred method of updating an applcant's file (I am going to guess it is by email). If you do send it by email, I would attach it as a word doc or PDF and not put LOCI into the body of the email.

+1

That's how the feds do it. If it's good enough for them, it's (hopefully) good enough for Dean Pless. I'd suggest attaching the LOCI as a PDF to save your formatting.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby Flips88 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:17 pm

jayman6 wrote:
Flips88 wrote:Is it best to send an LOCI via email or snail mail or both?


A few days after I was placed on the waitlist, Dean Pless emailed me and he said if I had further relevant information to provide I could email it to the admissions office. I don't think a hard copy sent through snail mail is necessary.


As a small aside into how dumb some people are...when I worked as a clerk at a law firm, this one firm from California would communicate with our lawyers via email and then for no apparent reason would FAX us the emails. It was one of the dumbest things I'd ever seen.

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Re: Illinois 2011 applicants!

Postby jayman6 » Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:35 pm

Flips88 wrote:
jayman6 wrote:
Flips88 wrote:Is it best to send an LOCI via email or snail mail or both?


A few days after I was placed on the waitlist, Dean Pless emailed me and he said if I had further relevant information to provide I could email it to the admissions office. I don't think a hard copy sent through snail mail is necessary.


As a small aside into how dumb some people are...when I worked as a clerk at a law firm, this one firm from California would communicate with our lawyers via email and then for no apparent reason would FAX us the emails. It was one of the dumbest things I'd ever seen.


Dude, it makes him feel important. haha That realy does sound stupid though.




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