Columbia 2010

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Jacinda
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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Jacinda » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:27 pm

Someone told me February when I called.

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Interminable_Waiting
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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Interminable_Waiting » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:46 pm

I would be happy to read anyone's LOCI for those, like myself, on reserve at Columbia. PM me.

I will have my own for others to check in a week or so.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Proximity » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:38 pm

Just got my Accepted Students Handbook on Friday. Somehow, have yet to receive an acceptance letter.

178 (retake)/3.53

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby georgina » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:54 pm

Proximity wrote:Just got my Accepted Students Handbook on Friday. Somehow, have yet to receive an acceptance letter.

178 (retake)/3.53


well, what a great surprise, right? congrats! i love how columbia loves us splitters.
and, someone else said they got the handbook and the letter all in one package earlier. maybe columbia's getting overwhelmed a little.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby BenJ » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:55 pm

Proximity wrote:Just got my Accepted Students Handbook on Friday. Somehow, have yet to receive an acceptance letter.

178 (retake)/3.53


When did you go complete? Maybe USPS lost your acceptance package. (Ouch.)

Also, nice to see someone with the same LSAT, also a retake, and a lower GPA got in recently :)

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby GordonCole » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:57 pm

Proximity wrote:Just got my Accepted Students Handbook on Friday. Somehow, have yet to receive an acceptance letter.

178 (retake)/3.53

My acceptance letter came a day or two after my binder. It's not totally out of the ordinary. Don't worry about it.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Dignan » Sun Feb 21, 2010 6:58 pm

Over on the "Choosing a Law School" forum, there has been much discussion of the recently published NLJ250 stats for the class of 2009. Not surprisingly, CLS took a substantial hit (though not as bad of a hit as Penn and NYU took). Anyway, what jumped out at me from the stats was that CLS had 444 JD graduates in the class of 2009. Usually, that number is 390-400.

Does anyone know why CLS pumped out about 50 more JD degrees in 2009 than before? CLS usually admits about 370 1Ls and accepts about 20-30 transfers per year. Why the abrupt change in 2009? Could the NLJ data be in error?

If the 444 JD grads is an anomaly or a reporting mistake, then I'll disregard it. But if CLS is in the process of turning itself into GULC, I'm going to be less inclined to attend.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby NewHere » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:01 pm

Could it be that's the number of new students including transfers into the 2L year? I just checked the student directory, and it lists 396 current 1Ls. (That's also a bit higher than the normal 370-380 1Ls, but probably within the normal range.) Columbia usually takes 40-50 transfers, so that could get us to 444.

Edited: I misread your question. Normally there are 370-380 original 1Ls in a graduating class, with another 40-50 or so transfers. The number may fluctuate a little due to people who take a semester or two off (for whatever reason) and then come back to finish their degree, LLMs who decide to stay on to do a JD, etc. 444 sounds like it's on the high side, but it may be normal.
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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Dignan » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:04 pm

NewHere wrote:Could it be that's the number of new students including transfers into the 2L year? I just checked the student directory, and it lists 396 current 1Ls. (That's also a bit higher than the normal 370-380 1Ls, but probably within the normal range.) Columbia usually takes 40-50 transfers, so that could get us to 444.

But why so much higher in 2009 than in the previous few years? I mean, CLS accepts transfers every year. If the difference was just 10-15 students, I wouldn't blink. But a difference of 50 students makes it seem like CLS is making a conscious effort to increase its class size.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby NewHere » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:10 pm

I think I edited my response after you read it. I don't know the answer, but as far as I know CLS is not making a conscious effort to expand its student body. They still aim for 370 1Ls, so far as they tell us. (The dean keeps saying that his goal is to double the size of the faculty while keeping the number of students constant.) But on the other hand I don't think it's a misreported number.

In case it helps. Current student numbers:
1L: 396
2L: 453
3L: 434

Perhaps they've decided to take more transfers in recent years as the number of study-abroad programs, double-degree programs, etc. has increased. If more people go abroad or take whole semesters at the business school (etc.), that leaves space for a few more students at the law school in NY.)

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby notanumber » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:50 pm

Just FYI, I was admitted to Columbia this weekend. Just got the packet today but it's probably been sitting in my mail for awhile.

Submitted at the start of Jan, complete e-mail on the 21st.

No major merit aid, so it'll be hard to justify the cost of law school + living in NYC, but we'll see. This is the first admit that really makes me wish I'd have applied earlier, probably could have been competitive for a Hamilton which would have made Columbia a clear frontrunner.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby blue5385 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:20 pm

A random thought...I don't even think the VCE is the color of vomit. It's a murky nasty green, but not what I'd call vomit-hued. I like the VCE acronym too much to stop using it though.

well anyway, carry on guys......

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Proximity » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:03 am

BenJ wrote:When did you go complete? Maybe USPS lost your acceptance package. (Ouch.)

Went complete 12/22, submitted exactly one week earlier.

Sent Columbia admissions an email about the letter mistiming, so we'll see what happens. Hoping for some merit-aid, despite all likelihood that it will not be forthcoming.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby groundkontrol » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:24 am

I submitted my FAFSA already and I'm working on my NeedAccess Form now. Do we need to send actual copies of our (our parents) 2009 income tax forms to the Columbia financial aid office by March 1st? An answer to this question would be GREATLY appreciated!

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby hannah87 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:56 am

blue5385 wrote:
georgina wrote:
blue5385 wrote:Got the VCE today, postmarked 2/17!!! :)


missed this yesterday... congrats, blue!! :D :D


thanks georgina! :)


also missed this- congratulations blue!

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Lermontov » Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:15 am

Jacinda wrote:Someone told me February when I called.


I think this is referring to ED holdovers...
That makes me happy. I was thinking the whole March thing (and certainly April) seemed a little late, and that maybe it was just them trying to make sure they had plenty of time. Here's to a February decision.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby blue5385 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:23 am

hannah87 wrote:also missed this- congratulations blue!


thanks hannah! :D

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby poprox » Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:00 pm

Interminable_Waiting wrote:I would be happy to read anyone's LOCI for those, like myself, on reserve at Columbia. PM me.

I will have my own for others to check in a week or so.


GL to those on reserve. I spent a loooong time the other day reading over the threads about ppl on reserve at Columbia in the previous cycles. It looks like a lot of them were hanging on all the way into AUGUST, getting moved to 2nd reserve, then 3rd reserve, or wailist. Maybe 3-4 people actually got in off reserve/WL each time.

I'm starting to mentally prepare for this, realizing that it's nearly impossible to get off of their hold/reserve/waitlist. If I don't get picked in the first-round (late april), I'm going to withdraw promptly. I almost couldn't believe how many people had their '09 and '08 summers wrecked by the stress of worrying about a possible Columbia admit (which ultimately never came). :shock:

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Interminable_Waiting » Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:26 pm

I think I am going to just have a primary plan and then two or three backup plans for the schools I am waitlisted at.

Hopefully I will be in with money at BC/BU, and I will be happy there. I will do what I can to get off the WL at Columbia, or other T10's I end up WLed at, but I don't expect to get off them anymore than I expected to get in originally. I don't think it will be that stressful as long as I have a primary plan I am happy with.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby bloodonthetracks » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:09 pm

just got an email telling me i might get a call in the next few weeks from a current CLS student (or another member of the CLS community) who will share his/her experiences with me and answer questions. okay.

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Jacinda
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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby Jacinda » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:57 pm

Lermontov wrote:
Jacinda wrote:Someone told me February when I called.


I think this is referring to ED holdovers...
That makes me happy. I was thinking the whole March thing (and certainly April) seemed a little late, and that maybe it was just them trying to make sure they had plenty of time. Here's to a February decision.


Here's hoping because I'm going nuts here.

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby groundkontrol » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:22 pm

groundkontrol wrote:I submitted my FAFSA already and I'm working on my NeedAccess Form now. Do we need to send actual copies of our (our parents) 2009 income tax forms to the Columbia financial aid office by March 1st? An answer to this question would be GREATLY appreciated!



anyone?

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby crackberry » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:23 pm

groundkontrol wrote:
groundkontrol wrote:I submitted my FAFSA already and I'm working on my NeedAccess Form now. Do we need to send actual copies of our (our parents) 2009 income tax forms to the Columbia financial aid office by March 1st? An answer to this question would be GREATLY appreciated!


anyone?

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=97781

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby parker09 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:16 pm

crackberry wrote:
groundkontrol wrote:
groundkontrol wrote:I submitted my FAFSA already and I'm working on my NeedAccess Form now. Do we need to send actual copies of our (our parents) 2009 income tax forms to the Columbia financial aid office by March 1st? An answer to this question would be GREATLY appreciated!


anyone?

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=97781


I just called to see if they'd gotten my financial aid questionnaire, and the woman went ahead and checked everything else and said they were still missing my tax forms (which I already knew, since I hadn't submitted them yet)... so yeah, apparently they want them. (She was really nice about it though... you can mail, fax, or email them... she recommended against emailing since there's personal info on there, but I'm abroad, so...)

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Re: Columbia 2010

Postby tm912 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:13 pm

Hi everyone, I tried to do some TLS research on this but I think I am just getting more confused, so I am hoping someone on here knows what they are talking about...today I received a letter from CLS telling me I am being put "on reserve" until the end of May.

Is this the same thing as waitlisted? Is it worth it to stay on the list (they ask to respond whether you want to continue to be considered by 3/8)? Is there more than one reserve and any differences between them because I noticed the website says "first reserve"? Should I be sending a LOCI?

Sorry i know it is a lot of questions, but if anyone else happens to know more about this, I would really appreciate the input. Thanks!!




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