Geneva wrote:Also: congrats to the new admits! Also: would it be helpful to say something along the lines of "Although I have already been accepted to -insert name of higher ranked school-, Columbia's ___ ____ ____ make it a top choice"? I.e. is it useful to mention higher ranked acceptances in conjuction with an expression of continued interest? I ask only because I've heard conflicting opinions on this. Thanks!
I wouldn't mention a YHS acceptance for a couple of reasons. First, each school has their own admission criteria (and target medians, 25ths/75ths, etc) and I doubt hearing that you got in elsewhere would make Columbia feel you were more worthy or desirable based on their standards. Second (and more cynically), I'm sure at this part of the cycle, schools are looking to protect their yield and if Columbia were deciding between a student with a YHS acceptance and one without one, they'd (rationally) be inclined to take the student more likely to attend, which in this case would be the one without the YHS acceptance (unless you say something to convince them that you'd definitely attend Columbia if admitted).
Hm, makes sense. I've heard that it would be helpful to mention a Stanford acceptance to Harvard, though obviously Harvard is a different case. I am still trying to figure out if there is a yield protect group of holds and a borderline group, or if hold status is strictly for borderline candidates. Did this part of the email bother anyone else: "At this date, we also understand that you might have committed to another law school for the next three years...we are saddened by the loss of your candidacy
.." ? If they wanted us to join their class, they could have accepted us...