Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby curious66 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:47 pm

wisteria wrote:oh my god, decision made, watch for email.

11/19 submit, 1/7 UR, 2/6 UR2. submitted a Why Duke two weeks ago.

nerve cracking. I'd be devastated if I'm waitlisted. Have personal/family reasons to really really want an offer from them.


Hopefully great news!!

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby JXander » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:49 pm

wisteria wrote:oh my god, decision made, watch for email.

11/19 submit, 1/7 UR, 2/6 UR2. submitted a Why Duke two weeks ago.

nerve cracking. I'd be devastated if I'm waitlisted. Have personal/family reasons to really really want an offer from them.

I predict admit. With your numbers, you're a shoo-in for HYS.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby BigZuck » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:53 pm

Omnivalc wrote:Applied, PT, Waitlisted last week with a 172/3.85. Slightly confused about the whole thing


They probably thought you weren't really interested and based on what you said, it sounds like you're not. But you're on to bigger and better things, so congrats!

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby pedestrian » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:53 pm

corinnejay wrote:
zz888 wrote:How long is it typically taking people to go under review? I've been complete since 1/4 and havent heard anything since....not sure if that means im under review or just waiting to go under review...



I'm still under review as well, mine went complete 1/2. From what I've seen our wait time isn't atypical. Non PTers seem to take forever


File complete; ready for review: 12/4

Silence

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby wisteria » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:07 pm

A question for non-PT RD admits, how long after the "decision made; watch for email" status change did the actual email arrive? It's 6pm EST now and there's still no email. Do they send it at night or even the next day?

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby masked kavana » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:11 pm

pedestrian wrote:
corinnejay wrote:
zz888 wrote:How long is it typically taking people to go under review? I've been complete since 1/4 and havent heard anything since....not sure if that means im under review or just waiting to go under review...



I'm still under review as well, mine went complete 1/2. From what I've seen our wait time isn't atypical. Non PTers seem to take forever


File complete; ready for review: 12/4

Silence


Solidarity

UR 10/22 silence...

Either way it stinks

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby wisteria » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:38 pm

wisteria wrote:oh my god, decision made, watch for email.

11/19 submit, 1/7 UR, 2/6 UR2. submitted a Why Duke two weeks ago.

nerve cracking. I'd be devastated if I'm waitlisted. Have personal/family reasons to really really want an offer from them.


In!!!! So happy. After the UPenn WL, I didn't want another debacle at a school where my SO is currently seeking a job. :D

I think the "Why Duke" I submitted two weeks ago definitely helped keep me off the priority reserve list.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby curious66 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:44 pm

wisteria wrote:
wisteria wrote:oh my god, decision made, watch for email.

11/19 submit, 1/7 UR, 2/6 UR2. submitted a Why Duke two weeks ago.

nerve cracking. I'd be devastated if I'm waitlisted. Have personal/family reasons to really really want an offer from them.


In!!!! So happy. After the UPenn WL, I didn't want another debacle at a school where my SO is currently seeking a job. :D

I think the "Why Duke" I submitted two weeks ago definitely helped keep me off the priority reserve list.


CONGRATS!!!

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby Crowing » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:21 pm

wisteria wrote:
wisteria wrote:oh my god, decision made, watch for email.

11/19 submit, 1/7 UR, 2/6 UR2. submitted a Why Duke two weeks ago.

nerve cracking. I'd be devastated if I'm waitlisted. Have personal/family reasons to really really want an offer from them.


In!!!! So happy. After the UPenn WL, I didn't want another debacle at a school where my SO is currently seeking a job. :D

I think the "Why Duke" I submitted two weeks ago definitely helped keep me off the priority reserve list.


Congrats! I'm still sitting on that 2/6 UR.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby StillIll » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:52 pm

Just got priority track response back, Waitlisted, 3.36 / 176. This feels like a confirmation of my worries that my PS could have been a lot better. This is the first school I've heard back from. Obviously I am worried about the possible range of implications from this.
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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby ph5354a » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:55 pm

StillIll wrote:Just got priority track response back, Waitlisted, 3.36 / 176. This feels like a confirmation of my worries that my PS could have been a lot better. This is the first school I've heard back from.


Sorry to hear that. I'm sure you'll have a lot of great options with that LSAT though. Was this via email?

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby StillIll » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:56 pm

ph5354a wrote:
StillIll wrote:Just got priority track response back, Waitlisted, 3.36 / 176. This feels like a confirmation of my worries that my PS could have been a lot better. This is the first school I've heard back from.


Sorry to hear that. I'm sure you'll have a lot of great options with that LSAT though. Was this via email?


Yeah I got the e-mail just barely. 10 days exactly since application

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby StillIll » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:59 pm

StillIll wrote:
ph5354a wrote:
StillIll wrote:Just got priority track response back, Waitlisted, 3.36 / 176. This feels like a confirmation of my worries that my PS could have been a lot better. This is the first school I've heard back from.


Sorry to hear that. I'm sure you'll have a lot of great options with that LSAT though. Was this via email?


Yeah I got the e-mail just barely. 10 days exactly since application


Obviously as a noobie at this type of thing, I'm a little worried about overall prospects. Does TLS have one of those very helpful FAQs for "What to do after being Waitlisted"?

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby ph5354a » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:13 pm

StillIll wrote:
StillIll wrote:
ph5354a wrote:
StillIll wrote:Just got priority track response back, Waitlisted, 3.36 / 176. This feels like a confirmation of my worries that my PS could have been a lot better. This is the first school I've heard back from.


Sorry to hear that. I'm sure you'll have a lot of great options with that LSAT though. Was this via email?


Yeah I got the e-mail just barely. 10 days exactly since application


Obviously as a noobie at this type of thing, I'm a little worried about overall prospects. Does TLS have one of those very helpful FAQs for "What to do after being Waitlisted"?


I'm not sure about an official FAQ, but I do know that if you're serious about attending duke, Id definitely write a letter of continued interest, detailing why you love duke and how certain you are of attending if admitted. I'd wait a little while before doing that though, because in another month or so you'll have other decisions and will be able to better gauge your feelings towards duke. From what I've learned, the two most important things about getting accepted off a WL are: 1) write an awesome LOCI and 2) update them on anything you've done since applying (updated transcripts, new honors, new jobs/volunteering, etc). With your LSAT, I would rate your chances as fairly high. LSN can give you more info about who got accepted off of Duke's wait list last year, and when that happened.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby StillIll » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:17 pm

ph5354a wrote:
StillIll wrote:
StillIll wrote:
ph5354a wrote:Sorry to hear that. I'm sure you'll have a lot of great options with that LSAT though. Was this via email?


Yeah I got the e-mail just barely. 10 days exactly since application


Obviously as a noobie at this type of thing, I'm a little worried about overall prospects. Does TLS have one of those very helpful FAQs for "What to do after being Waitlisted"?


I'm not sure about an official FAQ, but I do know that if you're serious about attending duke, Id definitely write a letter of continued interest, detailing why you love duke and how certain you are of attending if admitted. I'd wait a little while before doing that though, because in another month or so you'll have other decisions and will be able to better gauge your feelings towards duke. From what I've learned, the two most important things about getting accepted off a WL are: 1) write an awesome LOCI and 2) update them on anything you've done since applying (updated transcripts, new honors, new jobs/volunteering, etc). With your LSAT, I would rate your chances as fairly high. LSN can give you more info about who got accepted off of Duke's wait list last year, and when that happened.


Ok thank you. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby totoro » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:49 pm

In by PT today. 10 calendar days since being complete. Numbers around median but I think my PS was very strong. I also researched the school and wrote a Why Duke. It came to my junk mail folder so make sure you guys check your junk mail too. PM me if I can be of any help.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby StillIll » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:02 pm

Really the worst thing is that this is my first decision, and likely the only decision I'll have to think about for the next month (at the least). So its hard not to get pessimistic. I am debating looking into lower tier schools in nice locations that will likely give me tons of $$ to attend, and applying this weekend. Is that considered going off the deep end? Sigh.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby totoro » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:10 pm

StillIll wrote:Really the worst thing is that this is my first decision, and likely the only decision I'll have to think about for the next month (at the least). So its hard not to get pessimistic. I am debating looking into lower tier schools in nice locations that will likely give me tons of $$ to attend, and applying this weekend. Is that considered going off the deep end? Sigh.


I know it's tough, but really, the WL is not a bad place to be for a splitter - if your application was that bad, they would have just rejected you. That's definitely a good idea though and not going off the deep end at all. Maybe you could revisit your application components and get feedback from someone else to make sure you're putting your best foot forward, and then just apply to some more schools. I'm likely to either go to a T14 at full tuition or a T20-25 with $$.. it's really not that bad of an idea. Both can get you to a reasonable place, and your LSAT is gold.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby Crowing » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:12 pm

Duke is pretty hard on splitters. Don't let it make you worry about your application.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby StillIll » Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:37 pm

I know it's tough, but really, the WL is not a bad place to be for a splitter - if your application was that bad, they would have just rejected you. That's definitely a good idea though and not going off the deep end at all. Maybe you could revisit your application components and get feedback from someone else to make sure you're putting your best foot forward, and then just apply to some more schools. I'm likely to either go to a T14 at full tuition or a T20-25 with $$.. it's really not that bad of an idea. Both can get you to a reasonable place, and your LSAT is gold.


Crowing wrote:Duke is pretty hard on splitters. Don't let it make you worry about your application.


Thank you both. I will stay upbeat =D

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby nigerian22 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:19 pm

StillIll wrote:Really the worst thing is that this is my first decision, and likely the only decision I'll have to think about for the next month (at the least). So its hard not to get pessimistic. I am debating looking into lower tier schools in nice locations that will likely give me tons of $$ to attend, and applying this weekend. Is that considered going off the deep end? Sigh.



I know someone with a 3.3/170 who got into Michigan, so you're in a very good position. A lot of schools will covet having that brilliant 176, so apply broadly. Are there extenuating reasons for that GPA? studying the hard sciences or something perhaps? Working several jobs through college? THings like that really help. Some admissions officers inside Duke must be pulling for them, so give them some reasons, write a killer LOCI and update them on achievements since then. Apply to other T14 schools too (you still have a week -- I think their deadline isn't until Feb 15).

You can do it!

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby Eichörnchen » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:36 pm

Hey everyone, is there still no word on merit money?

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby totoro » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:50 pm

Another question: Is it worth applying for the need part of the scholarships, if you're middle-class or slightly above middle-class? Duke is one of the only schools I applied to that really asks for Need Access, I'm trying to avoid filling it out if it's not going to help.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby BigZuck » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:55 pm

totoro wrote:Another question: Is it worth applying for the need part of the scholarships, if you're middle-class or slightly above middle-class? Duke is one of the only schools I applied to that really asks for Need Access, I'm trying to avoid filling it out if it's not going to help.


Duke says do it. They have told me on multiple pieces of correspondence. I wouldn't not do something that a school tells me to do.

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Re: Duke c/o 2016 Applicants Thread (2012-2013 Cycle)

Postby megagnarley » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:55 pm

Eichörnchen wrote:Hey everyone, is there still no word on merit money?


Not that I've heard. Last year it seemed like word came later in Feb (around the 20th if I recall correctly) for the first awards.




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