Aqua wrote:I just got rejected from Penn, so I'm thinking I have no shot at Stanford. 165/3.8 AA female. So depressed about the rejection. I was going to send a LOCI into SLS but since my LOCI and "Why Penn" statement to Penn clearly didn't help me, I'm almost afraid to. Thoughts guys?
You probably should only be sending a LOCI this late in the game if something new happens, like you get a new job, or win a big award. Just writing that you want to go to Stanford with decisions coming out in the next week or two probably won't do much.
I don't think it makes sense to talk about decisions coming out in the next week or two as if it's a foregone conclusion. There are a lot of reasons why the timeline for this cycle could be different (new LSAC application caused a lot of schools to start the process late, the big drop in LSAT-takers and presumably applications too, etc).
Aqua, if you do have new information, it might not be a bad idea to send a LOCI. Read over the last few pages and you'll see there's a legitimate debate as to whether general LOCIs (without a big new life change to report) are desirable. Dean Deal seems to have suggested both yes and no at various times. I would say that if you have something worth updating them about (and a new job, or change in duties, definitely fits in that category), it might be helpful.
As for your chances, you just never know. Especially when you're a late applicant, decisions are way less predictive (Penn may have rejected you in an attempt at yield protection, or because they desperately need high LSAT scorers if most of their admits are high-GPA, less-than-stellar LSAT, etc, etc). Stanford seems to love high GPAs more than high LSATs (in contrast to most schools), so you definitely have a good shot.