Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

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Where are you in the Harvard application process?

I'm applying next year, just reading this thread to prepare
38
12%
Applying this year, I got an extension on my application
1
0%
I applied and haven't gotten a JS1 yet
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20%
I applied and got a JS1, but haven't had it yet.
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2%
I had my JS1 but I'm waiting for a magical phone call
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13%
Already had my JS2, just here to help
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19%
Waitlisted
61
19%
Dinged D:
49
15%
 
Total votes: 325

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby IrishJew » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:39 am

lawschool22 wrote:
dubster101 wrote:Seems like almost everyone who has gotten a JS2 in the last week has been at or above the LSAT median (173+).


Definitely seems like the vast majority of admits were the so-called "locks" or close to it. I'm guessing they're going to withhold judgement on the folks (like me) with borderline stats for a bit until they see how the class shapes up.


I certainly hope that's the explanation! As Workingtitle points out, there are zillions of other possible explanations. I'd be curious to know especially about who interviewed the recent admits. Maybe JS can decide more quickly about the people she herself interviews, I don't know. At a certain point we're just torturing ourselves with idle speculation (which isn't to say I'll stop doing it any time soon!).

One encouraging data set can be found on mylsn (http://mylsn.info/whenwilliknow.php), if you select Harvard and application sent in November, you'll see that about the same number of November people were admitted in Jan-Apr as in December itself, so there's plenty of time. (It's quick and dirty, I have no idea how many of these people got early JS1s and slow conversion or got late JS1s and quick turnaround, but it's at least a bit of optimistic perspective.)

Happy holidays, and since there won't be any news try to get off of TLS!

-A Felllow Fretter

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby TakeABow94 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:48 am

nvm
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:54 am

TakeABow94 wrote:i'd also add that there have been quite a number of JS2s whose #s don't scream locks. e.g., sonyvaio (4/170) has a good chance on any day but isn't a lock. however s/he has a PhD in something so that's a good soft. The same goes with the rest of JS2s whose stats don't blow you away. they usually have good softs. there are some 3.8/170, 3.7/171 people who are already in, and traditionally they're the ones referred to as borderline. so I just wanted to add that the people hearing back early are not exclusively locks but also interesting people. so far the pattern has been more human than "we need another 174--alright that one will do"


Yeah I didn't mean to say everyone is a lock at this point, but so far the trend has been to admit mainly the really high number folks, and a sampling of "lower" (and I say that in the lightest sense possible) numbers folks but who happen to have substantial softs.

My main point is just it seems that there is probably a sizable group of people who aren't in the "denial" pile but are still on the bubble in the "maybe" group.
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby kershka » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:57 am

While I agree that a lot of the people admitted thus far have been "locks," I definitely wasn't. My LSAT was below median-- not a lot, but still below-- and I hardly have spectacular softs. Personally, I think JS used the "staircase" method and tossed all the admitted people's files in the air and is admitting people based on where their file landed on the staircase :)

Congrats to all of today's admits and good luck to everyone still waiting. You've all got a great shot for January and, as terrible as the wait would be, there is precedent for people with early JS1s never getting waitlisted but having to wait until April to be admitted.

Edit: I agree with LS22 about the "bubble" group but I also think JS just ran out of time to admit people before break. There's still a significant amount of time before the application deadline let alone when final decisions have to be made.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:05 am

kershka wrote:While I agree that a lot of the people admitted thus far have been "locks," I definitely wasn't. My LSAT was below median-- not a lot, but still below-- and I hardly have spectacular softs. Personally, I think JS used the "staircase" method and tossed all the admitted people's files in the air and is admitting people based on where their file landed on the staircase :)

Congrats to all of today's admits and good luck to everyone still waiting. You've all got a great shot for January and, as terrible as the wait would be, there is precedent for people with early JS1s never getting waitlisted but having to wait until April to be admitted.

Edit: I agree with LS22 about the "bubble" group but I also think JS just ran out of time to admit people before break. There's still a significant amount of time before the application deadline let alone when final decisions have to be made.


Yeah sometimes we forget how much work it is and time it takes to go through the apps, get a consensus on decisions, etc., all the while you're conducting interviews, having random meetings, etc. There is only so much time in a day, so the fact that many people haven't heard back may not necessarily be an indicator of good or bad news.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby drawstring » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:10 am

Does anyone know how they make decisions? E.G. Do they have meetings? Can people other than JS admit people or do they need her approval....I have been curious about how this works for a number of schools

on that note, for some reason this is what I get when trying to put a question mark; É

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby lawschool22 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 1:20 am

drawstring wrote:Does anyone know how they make decisions? E.G. Do they have meetings? Can people other than JS admit people or do they need her approval....I have been curious about how this works for a number of schools

on that note, for some reason this is what I get when trying to put a question mark; É


Maybe post this in the Spivey thread?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Javert » Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:55 am

Just got to my computer! I'm in as of 4:46 today!!! I missed the call. I was making mashed potatoes.

Like what.

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Postby FuriousDuck » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:05 am

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby barrelofmonkeys » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:09 am

Javert wrote:Just got to my computer! I'm in as of 4:46 today!!! I missed the call. I was making mashed potatoes.

Like what.


arguably the best js2 post ever

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Javert » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:10 am

barrelofmonkeys wrote:
Javert wrote:Just got to my computer! I'm in as of 4:46 today!!! I missed the call. I was making mashed potatoes.

Like what.


arguably the best js2 post ever


They turned out well. Thank you all for your interest.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby barrelofmonkeys » Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:16 am

Javert wrote:
barrelofmonkeys wrote:
Javert wrote:Just got to my computer! I'm in as of 4:46 today!!! I missed the call. I was making mashed potatoes.

Like what.


arguably the best js2 post ever


They turned out well. Thank you all for your interest.


what kind of potatoes did you use? did you use any rosemary? did you leave the skins on at all?

also congratulations on harvard that is amazing

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Nooblarzlarz » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:10 pm

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby tls2175 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:11 pm

barrelofmonkeys wrote:
Javert wrote:
barrelofmonkeys wrote:
Javert wrote:Just got to my computer! I'm in as of 4:46 today!!! I missed the call. I was making mashed potatoes.

Like what.


arguably the best js2 post ever


They turned out well. Thank you all for your interest.


what kind of potatoes did you use? did you use any rosemary? did you leave the skins on at all?

also congratulations on harvard that is amazing

Javert, please answer BoM's questions! I've been trying to find the perfect mashed potatoes recipe for years. My grandmother used to use whole milk in hers and they were delicious, but I've had no luck recreating her recipe so I'm trying to find an equally delicious alternative.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby edwardt1988 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:14 pm

Nooblarzlarz wrote:JS1 today. Complete early Dec.


They're working today?

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby midwest17 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:17 pm

JS1 INVITE THIS MORNING (12/24)!!!!!!

I was so sure that they were done until January when I didn't get one yesterday. Best Christmas gift ever!

Complete early December, >75 LSAT/>50 GPA.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby barrelofmonkeys » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:18 pm

midwest17 wrote:JS1 INVITE THIS MORNING (12/24)!!!!!!

I was so sure that they were done until January when I didn't get one yesterday. Best Christmas gift ever!

Complete early December, >75 LSAT/>50 GPA.


Hey, congrats!!! That's awesome.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby koalacity » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:19 pm

midwest17 wrote:JS1 INVITE THIS MORNING (12/24)!!!!!!

I was so sure that they were done until January when I didn't get one yesterday. Best Christmas gift ever!

Complete early December, >75 LSAT/>50 GPA.

WOOO YAY MIDWEST! Not that I'm surprised (except for the Christmas Eve part).

eta: also congratulations to Nooblarzlarz! Sorry, I didn't see your post amongst the mashed potato posts.
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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby midwest17 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:21 pm

Nooblarzlarz wrote:JS1 today. Complete early Dec.


Also congrats to you!

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby koalacity » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:22 pm

So...does anyone know if JS1 invites get sent out all at once? Are they ever staggered throughout the day?

Asking for a friend

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby jingosaur » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:23 pm

koalacity wrote:So...does anyone know if JS1 invites get sent out all at once? Are they ever staggered throughout the day?

Asking for a friend


Staggered.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby barrelofmonkeys » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:28 pm

I can't really think of much of anything that would be better than a Christmas Eve JS2. Like, they wouldn't, right?

Someone tell me to stop hoping.

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Re: Harvard, C/O 2017, Applicants Thread (2013-2014)

Postby Mort_the_Tort » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:30 pm

stop hoping and do something productive !

* goes to look at Google spreadsheet *

lol




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