Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby square_peg » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:32 pm

mls wrote:
square_peg wrote:I'm sorry if this has been asked already, but did anyone else get an email about admitted student programs and the admitted students website? I'm not sure if this was sent to me in error, because as far as I know, I haven't been admitted yet...? Is it just a generic email they send to everyone?

The subject line: "Columbia Law School Admitted Student Program Reminder"


I got this before I received my admissions packet as well. In fact, I still haven't received my NCE. However, I called admissions and they confirmed that I have indeed been admitted. I am sure you are in the same boat!

Congratulations!

Awesome!!! Thank you so much for allaying my fears! And congrats to you too. :)

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby ph5354a » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:33 pm

cwid1391 wrote:New strategy: call daily claiming that I have received an erroneous admitted students email and ask for them to verify if I have been admitted.


My thoughts exactly...

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby abcde12345 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:34 pm

ph5354a wrote:
cwid1391 wrote:New strategy: call daily claiming that I have received an erroneous admitted students email and ask for them to verify if I have been admitted.


My thoughts exactly...


If enough of us do it, they won't think we're scamming them!

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby zabava » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:59 pm

I'm sorry if this has been asked already, but did anyone else get an email about admitted student programs and the admitted students website? I'm not sure if this was sent to me in error, because as far as I know, I haven't been admitted yet...? Is it just a generic email they send to everyone?

The subject line: "Columbia Law School Admitted Student Program Reminder"


I got that email as well, and totally thought it was a fluke.
but then I had the letter in the mailbox when I checked it! :-)
So it probably means you have been admitted and your admissions letter is just in the mail

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby az21833 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:05 pm

just a heads up, for admitted students columbia requires a seperate questionaire as well as completed 2012 (2011 if not available) tax returns for both you and your parents sent in. thought some people might miss that

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby ManOfTheMinute » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:10 pm

az21833 wrote:just a heads up, for admitted students columbia requires a seperate questionaire as well as completed 2012 (2011 if not available) tax returns for both you and your parents sent in. thought some people might miss that


I think all schools that do any need based financial aid do this, no?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby square_peg » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:11 pm

ManOfTheMinute wrote:
az21833 wrote:just a heads up, for admitted students columbia requires a seperate questionaire as well as completed 2012 (2011 if not available) tax returns for both you and your parents sent in. thought some people might miss that


I think all schools that do any need based financial aid do this, no?

Yeah, but some don't require your parents' info, and I think Columbia does.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby ph5354a » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:33 pm

Waiting for the mail to come.
Watching at the door.
Please love me, Columbia.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby LSATSCORES2012 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:34 pm

So did everyone who has been admitted get that email?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby az21833 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:48 pm

square_peg wrote:
ManOfTheMinute wrote:
az21833 wrote:just a heads up, for admitted students columbia requires a seperate questionaire as well as completed 2012 (2011 if not available) tax returns for both you and your parents sent in. thought some people might miss that


I think all schools that do any need based financial aid do this, no?

Yeah, but some don't require your parents' info, and I think Columbia does.


also most schools require actual returns mailed to them AFTER you are granted need-based aid to confirm. Columbia and Cornell are the only schools i can think of that require it by March 1st, as part OF the application.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Mr. Elshal » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:13 am

After all these days spent sitting idly at my mailbox, Columbia sent me an email today requesting an updated transcript. LSAC has been processing this damn transcript for over a week now :(

I guess I don't have to worry about anything coming in the mail for a while

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Crowing » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:18 am

Mr. Elshal wrote:After all these days spent sitting idly at my mailbox, Columbia sent me an email today requesting an updated transcript. LSAC has been processing this damn transcript for over a week now :(

I guess I don't have to worry about anything coming in the mail for a while


Really. I feel like you could fail an entire semester and still have numbers more than good enough for CLS...

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Mr. Elshal » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:41 am

Crowing wrote:
Mr. Elshal wrote:After all these days spent sitting idly at my mailbox, Columbia sent me an email today requesting an updated transcript. LSAC has been processing this damn transcript for over a week now :(

I guess I don't have to worry about anything coming in the mail for a while


Really. I feel like you could fail an entire semester and still have numbers more than good enough for CLS...


Thanks for the confidence. I was kind of surprised, but my GPA is also my weak spot.

Has anybody had a situation like this and received significant money?

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby ajclark1992 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:04 pm

Mr. Elshal wrote:
Crowing wrote:
Mr. Elshal wrote:After all these days spent sitting idly at my mailbox, Columbia sent me an email today requesting an updated transcript. LSAC has been processing this damn transcript for over a week now :(

I guess I don't have to worry about anything coming in the mail for a while


Really. I feel like you could fail an entire semester and still have numbers more than good enough for CLS...


Thanks for the confidence. I was kind of surprised, but my GPA is also my weak spot.

Has anybody had a situation like this and received significant money?


I was in the situation - my GPA was my weak spot and they asked for an updated transcript. They don't prefer an LSAC transcript; if you can send them an unofficial through email, they will take it. I was accepted and haven't received any money.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby fruitoftheloom » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:15 pm

Booked my flight. if I'm going to the ASW for Columbia & NYU where should I try to get a hotel? (ideally cheap & between the two). Priceline makes it look like East Manhattan will be the cheapest in close proximity. Is that okay?

(I'm from Houston & will be a chick staying alone. I'm cautious, but staying someplace super sketch is probably not the best idea).

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby chickpea » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:27 pm

fruitoftheloom wrote:Booked my flight. if I'm going to the ASW for Columbia & NYU where should I try to get a hotel? (ideally cheap & between the two). Priceline makes it look like East Manhattan will be the cheapest in close proximity. Is that okay?

(I'm from Houston & will be a chick staying alone. I'm cautious, but staying someplace super sketch is probably not the best idea).


All of Manhattan is pretty safe so I wouldn't worry about that. It doesn't take that long to get from NYU to Columbia (and back) on the subway so I would just stay wherever in Manhattan you feel like you're getting the best quality/location for your dollar. I would think there would be reasonably priced hotels/hostels on the Upper West Side/Harlem but I'm not totally sure. I would also check to see if there is a subway line near your hotel that will allow you to get to both NYU and Columbia without too much of a hassle. You might be better off staying on the west side of Manhattan since both NYU and Columbia are on the west side but it really just depends on whether your hotel is conveniently located on a subway line that services both NYU and Columbia.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby pedestrian » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:32 pm

chickpea wrote:
fruitoftheloom wrote:Booked my flight. if I'm going to the ASW for Columbia & NYU where should I try to get a hotel? (ideally cheap & between the two). Priceline makes it look like East Manhattan will be the cheapest in close proximity. Is that okay?

(I'm from Houston & will be a chick staying alone. I'm cautious, but staying someplace super sketch is probably not the best idea).


All of Manhattan is pretty safe so I wouldn't worry about that. It doesn't take that long to get from NYU to Columbia (and back) on the subway so I would just stay wherever in Manhattan you feel like you're getting the best quality/location for your dollar. I would think there would be reasonably priced hotels/hostels on the Upper West Side/Harlem but I'm not totally sure. I would also check to see if there is a subway line near your hotel that will allow you to get to both NYU and Columbia without too much of a hassle. You might be better off staying on the west side of Manhattan since both NYU and Columbia are on the west side but it really just depends on whether your hotel is conveniently located on a subway line that services both NYU and Columbia.


+1

East side of Manhattan isn't sketchy, but subway lines are mostly north-south so you might end up taking three lines instead of one. Midtown West area has lots of hotels and is between the two schools on the 1/2/3 Broadway corridor.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby Tiago Splitter » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:38 pm

The Priceline bargains are all on the the East side, near the UN. Not a great spot for getting around, especially to Columbia, but if you don't want to pay ridiculous prices that's the place to go.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby kwais » Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:43 pm

Check out Yotel in Midtown west. Also, for the super shoe-string, there is a hostel on 104 and Amsterdam. But I second what another said: Manhattan is tiny, stay where you can afford and don't worry about getting around. Columbia and NYU are both very accessible.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby fallingup » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:13 pm

Air BNB might work.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby J90 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:15 pm

Don't know about NYU but Columbia posted a list of students who'd be willing to house people as well as field questions (available via both the admitted students' website and the ASHandbook). NYU might have something similar.

If you're looking for free housing with (presumably) no bed bugs, it might be worth looking into. There were a good number of willing students, plenty of them female the last time I checked. It might cut down on the number of nights spent in a hotel, at the very least!

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby toothbrush » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:25 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:The Priceline bargains are all on the the East side, near the UN. Not a great spot for getting around, especially to Columbia, but if you don't want to pay ridiculous prices that's the place to go.

You can catch the 7 to columbus and just pop north on the B or D from the UN..

it's less than 40 mins fwiw

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby toothbrush » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:27 pm

fruitoftheloom wrote:Booked my flight. if I'm going to the ASW for Columbia & NYU where should I try to get a hotel? (ideally cheap & between the two). Priceline makes it look like East Manhattan will be the cheapest in close proximity. Is that okay?

(I'm from Houston & will be a chick staying alone. I'm cautious, but staying someplace super sketch is probably not the best idea).

all of these suggestions that people have given are good.

one more suggestion is to browse travelzoo top 20 deals for NYC. there are OFTEN deals for midtown hotels in times square for like 100 bucks a night. i think it'd be a cool experience to do that. the hotels are nice and the experience definitely makes up for the cost..

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby BalanceCare » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:11 pm

fruitoftheloom wrote:Booked my flight. if I'm going to the ASW for Columbia & NYU where should I try to get a hotel? (ideally cheap & between the two). Priceline makes it look like East Manhattan will be the cheapest in close proximity. Is that okay?

(I'm from Houston & will be a chick staying alone. I'm cautious, but staying someplace super sketch is probably not the best idea).


There's an international youth hostel a few blocks from Columbia, on Amsterdam Avenue. I've never been inside, but every time I walk by there are large numbers of wholesome-looking people happily coming and going, so it's probably not a total dungeon.

Also w/r/t bedbugs: I haven't done any research on bedbugs in NYC recently, though they haven't been in the news for a while -- but it seems that even nice hotels aren't immune. Not to freak you out, but the point is I'm not sure price of accommodation can always be used as a sure-fire indicator of being bedbug-free.

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Re: Columbia c/o 2016 Applicants (2012-2013)

Postby BalanceCare » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:14 pm

fallingup wrote:Air BNB might work.


AirBnB is totally awesome, but unfortunately it's illegal in NYC (counts as running an illegal hotel, apparently). This leads some very shady operators to get involved -- I've heard nightmare stories about bait-and-switch schemes.




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