najumobi wrote: mbw wrote: najumobi wrote:
Mosca wrote:Have any URMs been deferred?
i was deferred, 163, 2.92.
not too surprised...even for an urm applying to cornell very far from auto-admit. though i have to say that my cornell index is approximately the same as blacks attending cornell (at least the 5/6 on lsn): ~3.10-3.15. for the most part they applied and were admitted under RD.
I'd be willing to wager a significant sum that, unless you're hiding some ax murdering past, your deferral will turn into an acceptance in Feb/Mar.
My suggestion is to write a LOCI 1) giving any further support that your GPA is not indicative of your potential, and 2) look into the interests of Cornell faculty and if you see something that you'd like to explore further (cough, death penalty, cough) and include that interest as well.
And for everyone deferred, don't use the "d" on LSN as indicative - it used to mean that the applicant decided to defer an application/acceptance, not that the school deferred you until regular admission - thus, a lot of us who were "deferred" will not show up by merely looking at "d"s.
yeah i wrote an gpa addendum related to medical issues with my initial application.
i'll be retaking the lsat next week...think a 2-5 point increase,to bring my score to somewhere in the range of 165-168, would get me over the hump?
I think if you have a really good GPA explanation (which it sounds like you do, as did I,) then I think even a slight bump will, of course, help. However, I don't think it's absolutely necessary. (Note, the rest of this is not directed at you, but the thread.)
People have talked about Cornell's holistic approach, and I think that with the recent changes in admissions committee members, this is probably closer to the truth than other theories being batted around. Last year, while most T14s saw their URM/minority populations drop (some, like GULC, precipitously,) Cornell's increased 10% - that wasn't shear luck of the draw. The admissions committee takes diversity very seriously (and I'm not just talking ethnicity here.) Half of the class was represented this year at our AOP (special orientation for diverse applicants.) If Cornell is holding a lot of people over, it's probably not just because of numbers - but because they might have a lot of people just like you in the applicant pool, and they're just figuring out who fills the special snowflake mold. (Not you, naju - I'll still think you'll end up in the special snowflake mold - although you probably will at other schools too, so will have tough choices to make.) There will be plenty of space in the end for snowflakes and non-snowflakes alike - that's what diversity is really all about, right?
And my suggestion would be not to harass the admissions office - it's a very small staff, and they're working as hard as they can. Mail will arrive when it arrives. It's just a day or two in your lives.