In at Duke!

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rondemarino
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby rondemarino » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:55 pm

goodolgil wrote:A straight-up rejection is kinda crazy in November. Have any theories as to why?


This is definitely a bizarre outcome.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby gossipgirl » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:57 pm

rogerlodge wrote:reject 171, 3.6. Wasn't in top choices, but still any rejection sucks. Thankful I only spent $12 on the application. I wonder if I sent my Why Michigan essay to Duke?


I'm screwed.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby galahad85 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:04 pm

I'm officially scared of Duke now.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby TruckerD » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:10 pm

galahad85 wrote:I'm officially scared of Duke now.


+10,000 :shock:

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby gossipgirl » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:10 pm

rogerlodge wrote:reject 171, 3.6. Wasn't in top choices, but still any rejection sucks. Thankful I only spent $12 on the application. I wonder if I sent my Why Michigan essay to Duke?


viewtopic.php?f=1&t=60331&p=1262108#p1262108

Er, if you got into NYU and Chicago last year, are you re-applying this year?

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby oneforship » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:14 pm

gossipgirl wrote:
rogerlodge wrote:reject 171, 3.6. Wasn't in top choices, but still any rejection sucks. Thankful I only spent $12 on the application. I wonder if I sent my Why Michigan essay to Duke?


viewtopic.php?f=1&t=60331&p=1262108#p1262108

Er, if you got into NYU and Chicago last year, are you re-applying this year?


lol

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby rogerlodge » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:15 pm

For personal reason I chose not to go to school last year. I got all that sorted out and am re-applying this year. I should've probably accepted and deferred somewhere, but didn't.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby gossipgirl » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:16 pm

rogerlodge wrote:For personal reason I chose not to go to school last year. I got all that sorted out and am re-applying this year. I should've probably accepted and deferred somewhere, but didn't.


Did you get into Duke last year? Maybe they rejected you because they thought if you didn't choose to go last year, you wouldn't this year?

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby rockchalk86 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:20 pm

Look on the LSAC report and see if there are any blaring mistakes on your PS or application. I got in with a 171 3.5 so I'm not sure what happened with you.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Lieut Kaffee » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:21 pm

Based on these last few anecdotes, Duke's selectivity sure looks up from last year and previous years. However, it doesn't seem plausible that this cycle is so much more competitive that Duke morphed into UChicago in just one year.

It has to be something specific with these two applications; my waitlist and the 171 reject. For me personally, the only real blemish on my application is a previous LSAT score. My PS and softs are neutral at worst, and my LOR are very good.

One theory may be that the difference between 171 and 172 is significant for YP-ing. I've seen it suggested elsewhere that 172 is a virtual auto-admit cutoff for NYU and maybe a few more schools in between, which may lead Duke to use the waitlist. I could also see my application coming across as generic and uninterested; a Why Duke essay probably would have helped a lot.

As to why a 171/3.7 would get flat rejected, that's tough to speculate on.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Veritas » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:22 pm

umm FLAME, don't feed the troll.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby discobabe » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:25 pm

under review since 11/9, LSP said "admit," no PT, ballpark of when to expect a response? it seems like other RD's with similar numbers have received a response by now. cause for worry?

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby babin.6 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:48 pm

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby panadera » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:49 pm

babin.6 wrote:My status check says decision made. Will be notified sooon. What does that mean? When do I find out? How will I find out?


It means-extra good luck for you from me! You'll find out by email between now and hours from now.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby tamlyric » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:53 pm

kpd-m wrote:
babin.6 wrote:My status check says decision made. Will be notified sooon. What does that mean? When do I find out? How will I find out?


It means-extra good luck for you from me! You'll find out by email between now and hours from now.


+1 :mrgreen:

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Philaw » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:54 pm

babin.6 wrote:My status check says decision made. Will be notified sooon. What does that mean? When do I find out? How will I find out?


It means I'm green with envy. :mrgreen: I hope you get in, check your e-mails, and good luck!

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby seamonkey » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:04 pm

I've been stuck at "File ready for review" (RD) since 11/5. Cause for alarm? Anyone else in this boat?

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby TheWire » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:25 pm

seamonkey wrote:I've been stuck at "File ready for review" (RD) since 11/5. Cause for alarm? Anyone else in this boat?


I think everyone who hasn't heard back yet just needs to chill a little bit. I def. feel for everybody and we're all essentially in the same boat since most of us applied to group of schools. For Duke in particular, don't be alarmed if you are a RD applicant and haven't heard back. They simply are going to have their hands a little full with the PT applicants. The PT applicants aren't hearing back until the full 10 days so there is no reason to believe that anybody else is going to receive lighting-quick responses. I wish the best of luck to all of you!

btw...I wish there was more Duke love on TLS

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Kronk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:28 pm

I love Duke. I am seriously considering it. Would definitely attend it over UVA all things equal, maybe over Berkeley considering how much cheaper it'd be, maybe over Penn, and maybe over Chicago (wind + cold + 5-month winter = death). Underrated placement IMO.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby TheWire » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:30 pm

VoidSix wrote:I love Duke. I am seriously considering it. Would definitely attend it over UVA all things equal, maybe over Berkeley considering how much cheaper it'd be, maybe over Penn, and maybe over Chicago (wind + cold + 5-month winter = death). Underrated placement IMO.


+ 1...for real...and for all the reasons that you mentioned (+Penn = cold too)

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Kronk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:43 pm

Yeah. Philly is a little cold. I haven't been there since I was 12, so I would probably need to take a visit. Kind of similar to Duke, actually--they place really well but don't have that great of faculty rankings according to Leiter, a lot of lay prestige, and a big emphasis on dual degrees.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Kronk » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:47 pm

Yeah. I will consider Duke if I can escape with under 80-100K in loans. Otherwise I don't think it'd be smart given I'm hoping for government and PI work and they don't have a great LRAP.

Plus, first love never dies. Getting in so early and fast made me feel wanted--unlike schools that generally do a lot of YP like Penn and UVA.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby TheWire » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:49 pm

It shouldn't be too surprising that their faculty isn't quite as highly regarded because, in general, people flock to the big markets/cities. For example, UCSD (although not close to a top 10 school) has some spectacular faculty due to its location. I def. think that Duke is underrated in some areas due to its location. Many people on the west coast simply do not even know that the south exists...it's pretty sad to be honest. For that matter, though, people on the west coast don't seem to know that ANYTHING exists other than the 2 coasts. Schools like Michigan, Univ. of Chicago and Virginia all take a hit. Although, I feel like Duke gets slightly more recognition (i.e the average lay, or even average college student for that matter, at least as heard of college basketball)

Here's to Duke!

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Jericwithers » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:55 pm

I'm excited to visit Duke, and it sounds like a great change for me. However, I would need a drop off the sticker price to go.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby babin.6 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:58 pm

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