University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Jaytray » Wed May 16, 2012 1:33 pm

Front Porch Pub has a trivia night on Tuesdays. A team of South Texas alums plays there, we could go and show them what's up.

But seriously, Anvil Bar and Refuge is fun and has interesting drinks. It's pricy and crowded at times though. Plenty of bars in the midtown area have patios where people can actually sit and converse.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby kenner12 » Wed May 16, 2012 1:41 pm

When is the 2nd Deposit due for admits? might be some more waitlisters getting on bumped then?

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Titleist » Wed May 16, 2012 2:15 pm

If I recall, there is no second deposit. I think what happens is they send out a form and you check yes or no you will be attending.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby theatetus » Wed May 16, 2012 4:13 pm

I'm still in part time waitlist land but would enjoy meeting yall for drinks and living vicariously. If it's the trivia event, let it be known that I will provide no moral or intellectual support to my STCL brethren.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Titleist » Wed May 16, 2012 4:47 pm

Don't give up hope!

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Prospecta8571 » Wed May 16, 2012 5:27 pm

Withdrew from UH but wish I was in Houston to meet up! Poison Girl is a great bar with even greater drink specials (read: cheap).

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Titleist » Wed May 16, 2012 5:31 pm

Poison Girl sounds like a sleazy bar in L.A during the height of the hair metal phase.

ETA- I'm sure it's a nice place though.
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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby mtyler19 » Wed May 16, 2012 5:32 pm

Titleist wrote:Poison Girl sounds like a sleazy bar in L.A during the height of the hair metal phase.


:lol:

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby zanzbar » Thu May 17, 2012 11:23 am

Titleist wrote:Poison Girl sounds like a sleazy bar in L.A during the height of the hair metal phase.


I was thinking it sounds like an extra sleazy strip club haha.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby JimmysParty » Thu May 17, 2012 6:52 pm

Anyone hear anything from financial aid?

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby BVest » Thu May 17, 2012 7:53 pm

Officially and finally withdrawn. $5k back in the hopper. Best of luck y'all.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby DannyS » Thu May 17, 2012 10:18 pm

BV, we're you PT or FT?

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby BVest » Fri May 18, 2012 12:46 am

FT

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby sjwest » Fri May 18, 2012 10:02 am

JimmysParty wrote:Anyone hear anything from financial aid?


Not yet, and I'm checking the myUH site directly too. Last year's thread indicates the packages went out at the end of May, so I'm not surprised.

BVest: thanks for the info, and best of luck at SMU with all that extra money! ;)

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby kirker » Fri May 18, 2012 12:10 pm

Hey y'all - newbie to the board here. I was accepted to UHLC a few weeks ago and was glad to find this TLS resource, having originally thought the other thread (with only three pages of posts) was the only thing posted here about this year's inbound class. In case you're curious, it sounds like I had a much different trek to entry than many posters here. I applied late in the process (a week before the final deadline) and didn't get my LSAC shit all in until ten days late (I know, I know...). I was accepted on a 3.2/161, but from a top-25 university. I specifically went with UHLC, and only applied to one other law school, because I'm interested in studying health law, plus I'm in-state and knew the tuition would be cheaper (and figured -- apparently inaccurately, based on what I've read -- that I shouldn't apply to SMU because my grades weren't good enough for a merit scholarship). In hindsight, knowing now that law school applications as a whole are down 25% vs. two years ago, I probably should've applied to UT as well (although my scores are way below their medians, I have a few mitigating factors in my favor), but them's the breaks.

Anyway ... I wasn't waitlisted or anything, but like everyone (?) else I have no clue what I'm getting in terms of financial aid. I'm sure it doesn't help matters that I just sent in my FAFSA last week. What concerns me is my understanding -- and I'm hoping someone here can clarify if it's accurate -- from both what's posted on the UH Web site, and also in my correspondence with Laura Neal in their financial aid office, that I can only get $1600/month beyond tuition/fees for living expenses. That's not seriously true, is it? Assuming I lived off-campus, an apartment would eat up at least half of that amount alone. The weird part is that Laura said the following: "If you live at Calhoun lofts, I can increase your budget to reflect that cost to allow you to borrow more in a grad plus loan." Does this seriously mean I can only get additional financial aid to cover housing if I live in the outrageously overpriced and tiny (albeit convenient) Calhoun building with a bunch of undergrads?

Just curious what other people's experiences have been here. I'd much rather live in something like a duplex or small apt complex than Calhoun, preferably in Montrose or the Heights. I also have friends in Houston who live downtown (yes, I know it's dead at night) and wouldn't necessarily mind living in a loft conversion; I live in Austin now, where such mid- and high-rise lofts are seriously about double the price. Also, I know Calhoun is $5,500/semester for a 1BR, but what about winter and summer breaks? Since it's presumably closed in the summer, can you just leave your shit there and move back into the same unit for 2L? (at this point I'm planning on heading back to Austin after 1L)

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby sjwest » Fri May 18, 2012 12:32 pm

kirker wrote:Hey y'all - newbie to the board here. I was accepted <SNIP>


Congrats on acceptance! Yea, you probably should have applied to other places, but UT probably would have rejected you, and UH has a better Health law program than anywhere else in the state anyways. Just look at it like you saved money on acceptance fees, as you probably would have come here anyways.

Anyway ... I wasn't waitlisted or anything, but like everyone (?) else I have no clue what I'm getting in terms of financial aid. I'm sure it doesn't help matters that I just sent in my FAFSA last week. What concerns me is my understanding -- and I'm hoping someone here can clarify if it's accurate -- from both what's posted on the UH Web site, and also in my correspondence with Laura Neal in their financial aid office, that I can only get $1600/month beyond tuition/fees for living expenses.

This should help: --LinkRemoved--. It's a cost of living estimate for various scenarios. They'll use your particular situation to determine which budget to apply for your COL (though these are from 2011, they haven't release this coming year's budget), and basically award you that amount. I have no idea how much it breaks down to per month, but $1600 sounds accurate. I don't know if you're from Houston originally, but cost of living here is pretty cheap. After my undergrad, my first job my take home was about that, and I was able to pay a car note, school loan payment, and all the other usual expenses without stretching too much. To be fair, I had a roommate, so that was a factor.

That's not seriously true, is it? Assuming I lived off-campus, an apartment would eat up at least half of that amount alone. The weird part is that Laura said the following: "If you live at Calhoun lofts, I can increase your budget to reflect that cost to allow you to borrow more in a grad plus loan." Does this seriously mean I can only get additional financial aid to cover housing if I live in the outrageously overpriced and tiny (albeit convenient) Calhoun building with a bunch of undergrads?

I've seen some people posting information about places for 500 a month, so there are cheaper places out there. I have no idea what the increased loan for Calhoun is about. On top of that, the public transportation system here, while not great, can work for you if you live in the right area. AND students get a 50% discount on all fares. Showing your proof of enrollment while getting a Q-Card (bus pass card) gets you this discount, as well as free transfers.

Just curious what other people's experiences have been here. I'd much rather live in something like a duplex or small apt complex than Calhoun, preferably in Montrose or the Heights. I also have friends in Houston who live downtown (yes, I know it's dead at night) and wouldn't necessarily mind living in a loft conversion; I live in Austin now, where such mid- and high-rise lofts are seriously about double the price. Also, I know Calhoun is $5,500/semester for a 1BR, but what about winter and summer breaks? Since it's presumably closed in the summer, can you just leave your shit there and move back into the same unit for 2L? (at this point I'm planning on heading back to Austin after 1L)


Can't help you here. Many places inside the loop are going to be pricer, so consider staying just outside it. I'll be going part time straight from work (Bellaire) so I have no idea about places to live.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby sjwest » Fri May 18, 2012 12:35 pm

Also meant to say, as far as your financial aid package, since you submitted your FAFSA after the priority date (March 31st), its HIGHLY unlikely you'll get anything but loans. But don't stress, most of us are only going to get loans. There is a very small grant fund that pays out no more than 2k a year to some students with VERY low EFCs. A merit scholarship, if you will be offered one, will be offered to you pretty soon completely separate from both your admission letter and your financial aid package.

Edit: I know some of my advice was unsolicited, but if you can't use it/don't want it, maybe it will still help someone else.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby JimmysParty » Fri May 18, 2012 6:09 pm

Don't expect much help from financial aid in terms of financial support. I'm not expecting anything from them myself. If you don't have scholarships or some kind of outside support you're pretty much gonna have to rely on loans.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby zanzbar » Wed May 23, 2012 2:22 pm

Well I'll be joining y'all in Houston I couldn't part with 60k+ for nicer scenery (I kept coming to the conclusion that is a really nice car/huge down payment on a house.) I just wish they would get the financial aid packet out already wasn't it supposed to come out towards the mid-end of April? haha

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby Titleist » Wed May 23, 2012 3:26 pm

zanzbar wrote:Well I'll be joining y'all in Houston I couldn't part with 60k+ for nicer scenery (I kept coming to the conclusion that is a really nice car/huge down payment on a house.) I just wish they would get the financial aid packet out already wasn't it supposed to come out towards the mid-end of April? haha


Smart choice. I keep hearing the financial packets will come out late May.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby bartleby » Wed May 23, 2012 9:35 pm

Some good news for y'all: a ton of people in my section (okay, only 8 or so that I know of) got market paying 1L SAs. that's 8 out of 70... though i should mention its only for 6 weeks or something

The bad news of course is 9/10 of you will end up like me. Humping the grind. Work smart and hard yall

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby theatetus » Fri May 25, 2012 2:06 pm

Any part time waitlisters heard back from admissions? Any status date updates since your decision was rendered?

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby jduh2015 » Tue May 29, 2012 4:04 pm

It’s been pretty quiet. No updates from any waitlisters… Hopefully there will be some movement in June – after they sent the Letter of Intent (or whatever it’s called). The waiting game continues... Sigh.

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby sjwest » Tue May 29, 2012 4:11 pm

FYI for the waitlisters, the commitment form is due June 8th, so hopefully you'll see some movement shortly after that date.

Best of luck!

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Re: University of Houston c/o 2015 (2011-2012 cycle)

Postby theatetus » Wed May 30, 2012 12:52 pm

sjwest wrote:FYI for the waitlisters, the commitment form is due June 8th, so hopefully you'll see some movement shortly after that date.

Best of luck!


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