166/3.81

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1macmac
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166/3.81

Postby 1macmac » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:19 pm

Shooting for Vandy but am just now sending in my app:

Vandy's numbers are:
75th percentile GPA: 3.84
Median GPA: 3.73
25th percentile GPA: 3.48

75th percentile LSAT: 170
Median LSAT: 169
25th percentile LSAT: 165

My numbers are 166/381. What are my chances this cycle? How much better would my chances be if I wait till next cycle? I'm not a URM, but my essays are ballin'.

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Re: 166/3.81

Postby crabcakes » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:05 pm

your high gpa will help a little, but i'd say you're most like wl/reject at vandy. waiting a year won't help with that lsat. retake for t14? that gpa is a shame to waste.

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Re: 166/3.81

Postby 1macmac » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:20 pm

crabcakes wrote:your high gpa will help a little, but i'd say you're most like wl/reject at vandy. waiting a year won't help with that lsat. retake for t14? that gpa is a shame to waste.


That's the impression I've gotten from reading similar posts. While I don't doubt that people know what their talking about, why does everyone seem to think a school is a long shot if you score below their median? Half the people a school admits score below the median (not to be obvious). If my score is just above Vandy's 25% mark, that means I scored better than more than 1 in 4 people they admitted last year. Why would it be unlikely? Not trying to be argumentative - I appreciate the advice - just confused and wondered if anyone could give me some insight.

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Re: 166/3.81

Postby crabcakes » Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:47 pm

true, 25% does mean 25%, buuuuut i think you need to take into account that a good chunk of that 25% is probably comprised of URMs and splitters. i guess with your 3.8 you're a semi reverse splitter in this case.

no one can predict what will actually happen, but if we're trying to judge your "chances", then it's better to be above median than below it, yaddamean?

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Re: 166/3.81

Postby 1macmac » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:35 pm

I hear ya and appreciate the advice. I'm just trying to be realistic. I don't want to spend the next few months ignorantly optimistic only to be crushed if I get rejected, but spending time being unnecessarily pessimistic isn't too appealing either. I just feel like people on here are very quick to rule out the possibility of getting into a school when number are in the bottom part of that school's middle 50% range, but I'm new to this whole thing and maybe that's just what i want to think. Anyway, thanks again, and any other opinions would be appreciated.

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