androidhu wrote:bumblebeebuzz wrote:To my surprise I received a priority track invitation from Duke (stats 3.66/170). Originally, I hadn't considered applying, but with the PT invitation and taking a closer look at the school I realize it's a great option. Since my GPA is super low for Duke is a Why Duke necessary? How much of a boost is writing the Why Duke essay? I'll definitely include the other optional-- the diversity essay. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Hi, I cannot give you the defininte answer to your questions but I had similar numbers (sort of) with you (3.58/ 171) so wanted to chime in. I applied through PT but I didn't do Why Duke essay (only did diversity essay) and I got put on a priority reserve list. If you really want to go to Duke and want to avoid the possibility of being waitlisted, I think you should write the essay. I'm not sure whether it would make a big difference, but you have nothing to lose and it's better to be safe than sorry. There are many pple who get in without Why Duke essay but theses people have amazing GPA and LSAT numbers.
Thanks so much for the advice. I'm definitely writing a "Why Duke" essay-- although even with that my chances look slim (especially considering you got priority reserve list and my numbers are so similar/worse than yours).