givemea170 wrote:You haven't taken your LSAT yet? Or am I misreading?
Misreading dude, I missed my practice score by 7 points. All attributable to test day anxiety I suppose. Hence my comment about deferring and retaking if I can't get more aid.
, I'll also have to say take UIUC. Not only is it higher ranked, you have the Illinois Guarantee.
Speaking as an LUC UG alum, I have to say tuition increased a few thousand EVERY semester.
I also had a scholarship as an incoming freshman there and it did NOT increase proportionate to the cost of attendance.
And I was constantly frustrated with how the administration would spend money. There's a field on campus that has been changed every year I lived there. Why landscape it then make it a flat field again?
Tax, living etc. all higher in the city. You can live comfortably for $300-$400 rent at UIUC, but you will need double that (with roommates) to live in the city.Tooswole
, I would go ahead and retest. I also took a retest. My first LSAT of 164 was actually lower than any of my practice tests. (I'm attributing it to lack of sleep, bad planning by sleeping next to the el, and nerves). My retest went up to 171 points. Even then, I was nervous from not being able to complete the first section, which, thankfully, was the experimental. My advisor basically told me, "maybe you can get into UIUC" with my first score, and later, "you should definitely apply to Chicago and NU." This same advisor told me I was unlikely to improve my score. I say if you know you can do better, really go for it and retest. What's another year of waiting compared to better admissions and scholarship chances in the future?
For everyone else, I've officially withdrawn my offer from UIUC. I just received the confirmation from the Interim Director. I had a quarter (in-state) scholarship, so hopefully some of you can use that. Good luck!