riburn3 wrote:Seems like they are actually reading the applications and not just admitting on pure numbers. (Strange they would actually be doing what they say they do) If you have good numbers and put together a crappy app because you thought you were an auto-admit, it looks like it might come back to bite you in the ass. I'm not saying this has happened to anyone here, but it sure looks like they are going over apps (especially out of state) with a fine toothed comb.
I agree. The personal statement is more important than many people think it is. For reasons we all know, LSAT scores in the 163-169 range are becoming more common. GPA's in the 3.5-3.8 range are even more common. If you have a gazillion files with numbers in these ranges staring at you, where else might you look for answers? Here's one guess: the personal statement.
To the UT hopefuls still working on their personal statements:
Make sure you show makes you unique. UT's entering class is still fairly large. The admissions committee doesn't want to admit an entire class of eager-beaver-cookie-cutter types who have NOTHING else to offer as citizens of the earth. They want students who will run the SBA, serve as society mentors, assist with recruitment efforts, bring interesting perspectives to discussions in and out of the classroom etc.
If, however, you have a 175+ and a 3.9+, the advice above might not apply to you
. You just have to convince them that (1) you have a pulse, and (2) you'll strongly consider attending if admitted.