MrKappus wrote:You've got some stuff on your resume that the vast majority of 22 year-old (or 30 year-old) applicants don't have, for sure. My cycle was pretty much a let-down at T1 schools (though a couple let me in), and I too was hardly a 75/75% applicant. If there's a T1 where you're in-state, that's your best shot. That said, when you're not a sure thing (one way or the other) by the numbers, it comes down to softs. If you apply broadly and manage your expectations, it's very possible that your CV, outlook, and goals strike a T1 adcom the right way. Scholarship leverage aside, you only need to convince one.
Apologies for the bluntness before. Do know that sometimes self-starters, as you seem to be, don't realize that confidence can be mistaken for brashness.
I currently live in Tampa Florida and intend to apply to FSU and Stetson but for some reason I have serious doubts about FSU. They seem to be less forgiving to splitters. Stetson is a possibility and is 15 miles away but I really would like to attend Georgia State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Alabama, Houston, SMU, or Richmond. I also have two friends who originally went to University of Denver and transferred to Stetson and each of them have yet to pass the Florida Bar. Some of this is their own doing but they make a strong argument to Stetson's inability to academically challenge students even compared to University of Denver which is by no means a academic powerhouse. So I have my concerns with Stetson.
This leaves me with limited options in Florida as Miami is not nearly as nice as the country perceives it to be (GANGS, MOB, Unemployment, very high property taxes, horrible traffic, etc.....)and Gainesville is a two exit gas station stop in BFE Florida. Horrible, Horrible, Horrible town that only offers Health Care Careers for pennies on the dollar. Great education system at UF but horrible surroundings with little networking opportunities.
If I interpreted your last response correctly it seemed that my best chance for Tier 1 was in state and that I would have no predetermined probability of acceptance at most top 100 schools because of super splitter stats. Furthermore, I should prepare my cycle with as many applications as possible hoping that (1) of the 15+ schools mentioned above lets me in? GEEZZZ.... not what I wanted to hear but very grateful for blunt and realistic opinion. I was pretty sure 162 and wash of GPA and great softs would get me into Tennessee, Stetson, Georgia State, Samford, Marquette, Indy, and possibly Richmond, FSU, Part Time SMU, PT/Houston, and Pitt. I only though real reaches were Alabama, Wisconsin, George Mason/PT, Washington & LEE, etc... as mentioned above.
Are you being overly pessimistic to keep my expectations in check or are you being very realistic? Not questioning you at all!!!! Just trying to get a gauge of what you truly think. Sounds like my expectation above was very off base.