mk3167 wrote:For those who are all anxious about being updated on the third, I was in off the 6/3 update on Thursday night. Don't mind PMing my stats but they're pretty mediocre (next best was gw with 11k in need based, so I'm definitely going to ithaca). I did send two letters and visit the school and I've got two handfuls of good softs.
Feels like a miracle.
Congratulations! That is magnificent. Would you mind elaborating on the visiting aspect? My advisor strongly recommended not to visit but I take his advice with a huge grain of salt, and I'm curious what your experience was like.
Also, I'm still sitting on my original 4/26 update of Reserve for all of the people wondering what dates are out there.
I visited in Late March/Early April, a few weeks after I had been put in Reserve. I think I actually said in my first LOCI that I was planning to visit within a few weeks and they advised me to call ahead of time to schedule a tour/class visit.
In reality it was kind of a last minute trip, but I called the admissions office on a Friday and talked to someone who helped me schedule the tour/class for the following Monday. I didn't interview or anything, I just showed up, asked a few questions, sat in class, and then left. I was on my way home by 2pm on Monday. (I went up on Sunday afternoon, so I probably spent about 24-30 hours total visiting. The tour was maybe an hour long and I think the class was about the same. I'd already been to Cornell a few times so I didn't feel the need to spend much time on campus, but I did want to see the law school in particular.)
I'm not sure if it's too late to visit--I would definitely call them first--but it seems like it helped me. I feel like it's helpful for them to put a face to an application. Also, because Cornell is so far away from everything, I think it makes a good impression that you're willing to do whatever you can to get to know the school. Plus, it makes accepting much easier knowing what you're getting into.
If you're in Cali or something, it kinda makes sense if you're not able to visit, but I was coming from NYC, so I feel like there wasn't any excuse except for the long bus ride and the fact that I had to take a day off work. But in the long term, it's no big deal.
Oh also at one point the receptionist definitely wrote my name down on something. For what, I'm not sure, but it felt like a good sign.