In at Duke!

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xcountryjunkie
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby xcountryjunkie » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:44 pm

RFR 12/1. :evil:

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wakefield
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby wakefield » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:45 pm

Sauer Grapes wrote:
wakefield wrote:I'm waitlisted as well. No "why duke?" or anything extra, so I'm guessing that's why.

Doh... we have very similar numbers, so I hope that doesn't mean the same happens to me.

Sorry to hear that.



Good luck to you! I don't *really* want to be at Duke in the fall, and I think that showed in my lack of effort. I have a relatively strong application package, so I'm just hoping that wasn't the issue. I'm a little concerned about what this means for the rest of my cycle, but I did the optional essays for most other schools.

Aside from going back in time and applying earlier, it's out of my hands now! I'll probably withdraw from Duke, either way.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby astro1819 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:09 pm

Reedie wrote:To all non PT Duke applicants:

I'm sorry for holding you all up. I feel guilty now. But good luck, and I think your patience will pay off!


You know what, for a PT applicant, you're alllllright. I like you. Congrats on your acceptance and thanks so much for the good luck vibes.

Really, I'm sure something along the lines of PT happens at every school, it's just that at Duke they make it explicit, use a hard LSAT cutoff (seems to be 169+ this year), and guarantee a 10-day turnaround. But really, I can't be a hater because I understand that they would like to see how the applicant pool shapes up before considering/comparing those candidates who are near/under medians. Just the way it is.

EDIT: Don't get me wrong, PT leapfrogging is still frustrating as hell...

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby MarkRenton » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:13 pm

astro1819 wrote:
Reedie wrote:To all non PT Duke applicants:

I'm sorry for holding you all up. I feel guilty now. But good luck, and I think your patience will pay off!


You know what, for a PT applicant, you're alllllright. I like you. Congrats on your acceptance and thanks so much for the good luck vibes.

Really, I'm sure something along the lines of PT happens at every school, it's just that at Duke they make it explicit, use a hard LSAT cutoff (seems to be 169+ this year), and guarantee a 10-day turnaround. But really, I can't be a hater because I understand that they would like to see how the applicant pool shapes up before considering/comparing those candidates who are near/under medians. Just the way it is.

EDIT: Don't get me wrong, PT leapfrogging is still frustrating as hell...


I think the PT track also gives Duke an ability to read the other applications more thoroughly later in the cycle - having all the autoadmits taken care of and with an idea of what the class looks like. While it may take a while to get in, if you do, you'll never remember it, just the acceptance.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby thickfreakness » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:34 pm

I'm over both medians and didn't get a PT invite, so I'm stuck waiting here too. I think I submitted too quickly after December scores were released and then missed out on that batch of PT invitations.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Jericwithers » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:37 pm

thickfreakness wrote:I'm over both medians and didn't get a PT invite, so I'm stuck waiting here too. I think I submitted too quickly after December scores were released and then missed out on that batch of PT invitations.


Try contacting someone in the admission's office and see if they will switch you over to PT. I think its worked before.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby astro1819 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:38 pm

MarkRenton wrote:
I think the PT track also gives Duke an ability to read the other applications more thoroughly later in the cycle - having all the autoadmits taken care of and with an idea of what the class looks like. While it may take a while to get in, if you do, you'll never remember it, just the acceptance.


Agreed.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby eshort » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:38 pm

thickfreakness wrote:I'm over both medians and didn't get a PT invite, so I'm stuck waiting here too. I think I submitted too quickly after December scores were released and then missed out on that batch of PT invitations.


I solicited a fee waiver and they responded with a PT post-Dec score release. Requested from a few other schools and saved a significant chunk of change.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Reedie » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:50 pm

astro1819 wrote:You know what, for a PT applicant, you're alllllright.


Awwe shucks :oops:

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby thickfreakness » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:08 pm

eshort wrote:
thickfreakness wrote:I'm over both medians and didn't get a PT invite, so I'm stuck waiting here too. I think I submitted too quickly after December scores were released and then missed out on that batch of PT invitations.


I solicited a fee waiver and they responded with a PT post-Dec score release. Requested from a few other schools and saved a significant chunk of change.



I'll give it a shot, I suppose. I actually had a non-PT fee waiver offered after a previous score, so I used that to apply. I just don't want to seem neurotic or imposing if I ask for them to switch me to priority track after I've submitted.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby eshort » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:37 pm

That was before I submitted my app though (just for clarification)

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby lsathalon » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:22 am

I just got in with an email at 9:25 tonight! I am not priority track--sent 12/3, complete 12/4, under review sometime in early january and then again on 1/16.

Numbers in profile.

yay!

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby AngryAvocado » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:43 am

lsathalon wrote:I just got in with an email at 9:25 tonight! I am not priority track--sent 12/3, complete 12/4, under review sometime in early january and then again on 1/16.

Numbers in profile.

yay!


Congrats! Did you write a "Why Duke"?

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby lsathalon » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:52 am

AngryAvocado wrote:
lsathalon wrote:I just got in with an email at 9:25 tonight! I am not priority track--sent 12/3, complete 12/4, under review sometime in early january and then again on 1/16.

Numbers in profile.

yay!


Congrats! Did you write a "Why Duke"?


Yes, I did. It addressed Duke's academics, but about 1/3 of it was devoted to personal ties to Duke/the area around Duke (although I'm still not sure if admissions offices like the personal stuff or not).


And thank you for the congratulations!

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Reedie » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:33 am

lsathalon wrote:I just got in with an email at 9:25 tonight! I am not priority track--sent 12/3, complete 12/4, under review sometime in early january and then again on 1/16.

Numbers in profile.

yay!


Woot, I think I recognize your avatar and you've been waiting for a while! Congrats! Do you live near Durham? If so, what's it like?

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lsathalon
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby lsathalon » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:26 am

Reedie wrote:
lsathalon wrote:I just got in with an email at 9:25 tonight! I am not priority track--sent 12/3, complete 12/4, under review sometime in early january and then again on 1/16.

Numbers in profile.

yay!


Woot, I think I recognize your avatar and you've been waiting for a while! Congrats! Do you live near Durham? If so, what's it like?



Yeah, I live about 20 minutes away in Chapel Hill. I grew up about 30 minutes from Durham, and I dated my fiance for his entire undergrad at Duke, so I'm definitely familiar with the campus/Durham!

It's really a nice place. Durham is no New York in terms of number of things to explore, but everything you could possibly need is close; there is great shopping at Southpoint about 15 minutes away from Duke, and there are plenty of restaurants/movie theaters/etc. The nightlife is fun, too, Most of it takes place on Ninth Street; in particular, there is a quintessential Irish pub called the James Joyce and a sports bar called Satisfactions that seemed popular with the grad school crowd and have great atmospheres.

If anyone has any questions about the area, let me know! And good luck to those still waiting!

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Sauer Grapes
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Sauer Grapes » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:47 pm

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Interminable_Waiting
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Interminable_Waiting » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:08 pm

Mine still says UR 1/14..... I'm checking every ten minutes. I need to stop.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby holborn » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:13 pm

Sauer Grapes wrote:Well... looks like I'll be waitlisted as well. Status changed to under review with today's date instead of 1/14 under review (9 days from submission).


I don't think that necessarily means a waitlist. I was admitted and my status checker updated on day 7 or 8 I believe while staying 'under review'. I was admitted on the 10th day. So don't loose hope yet!

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby los blancos » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:18 pm

Interminable_Waiting wrote:Mine still says UR 1/14..... I'm checking every ten minutes. I need to stop.


Hahaha same. This has been driving me crazy for the last week.

At least last night I didn't dream that I got in...
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby quetzalcoatl » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:19 pm

I also got in a couple of days ago. I did write a 'why Duke' essay.

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Sauer Grapes
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Sauer Grapes » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:35 pm

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Kiersten1985 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:36 pm

Still UR 12/14. Anyone else?

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Interminable_Waiting
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Re: In at Duke!

Postby Interminable_Waiting » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:46 pm

I didn't write a why Duke, but I did have a paragraph in my PS about certain aspects of the school which appealed to me. I didn't want to go there very much initially, but after speaking to an alum this week and reading more about Duke I changed my mind, unfortunately this likely happened just in time to get denied.

If I get waitlisted I guess I will spend some time writing a Why Duke essay, and sending in a LOR from a professor I held in reserve.

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Re: In at Duke!

Postby dakatz » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:48 pm

Kiersten1985 wrote:Still UR 12/14. Anyone else?


Um, I've been at UR since 11/2. I have no delusions about what to expect.




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