178 LSAT, Ivy undergrad, 3.4 GPA in Math

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178 LSAT, Ivy undergrad, 3.4 GPA in Math

Postby sallymander7 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:55 pm

Planning to apply this cycle, but just trying to get a sense of what my reach and target schools realistically are.

LSAT: 178/180; GRE: Q: 170/170, V: 163/170, W: 5/6; GPA: 3.4/4.0 (B.A. in Math); Non-URM, Domestic Man

Softs include research + publications, consulting work experience, school newspaper, and most recently being the producer on a successful documentary.

Thanks in advance for honest feedback.

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Re: 178 LSAT, Ivy undergrad, 3.4 GPA in Math

Postby albanach » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:07 pm

sallymander7 wrote:Planning to apply this cycle, but just trying to get a sense of what my reach and target schools realistically are.

LSAT: 178/180; GRE: Q: 170/170, V: 163/170, W: 5/6; GPA: 3.4/4.0 (B.A. in Math); Non-URM, Domestic Man

Softs include research + publications, consulting work experience, school newspaper, and most recently being the producer on a successful documentary.

Thanks in advance for honest feedback.


MyLSN gives you a decent shot everywhere from Columbia down. You should probably apply to H, but the GPA is likely a killer.

For other schools, be prepared for unusual results (e.g. being accepted at a higher ranking school and rejected at a lower one). You are likely to see some yield protection at play (schools don't want to admit someone who doesn't attend, so if they think you're getting in somewhere higher and they can't or don't want to make up for that will a promise of $$$, they will just reject you).

One way to avoid that is to be very specific in your why X essays, particularly for schools known to exercise yield protection.

You should apply across the T-14, excluding Y & S (though some will probably disagree on that). Then, when you have offers in hand, you can ask for advice on which you should pick.

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Re: 178 LSAT, Ivy undergrad, 3.4 GPA in Math

Postby QContinuum » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:54 pm

albanach wrote:MyLSN gives you a decent shot everywhere from Columbia down. You should probably apply to H, but the GPA is likely a killer.

For other schools, be prepared for unusual results (e.g. being accepted at a higher ranking school and rejected at a lower one). You are likely to see some yield protection at play (schools don't want to admit someone who doesn't attend, so if they think you're getting in somewhere higher and they can't or don't want to make up for that will a promise of $$$, they will just reject you).

One way to avoid that is to be very specific in your why X essays, particularly for schools known to exercise yield protection.

You should apply across the T-14, excluding Y & S (though some will probably disagree on that). Then, when you have offers in hand, you can ask for advice on which you should pick.

I generally agree with the above, except that OP can probably save the application fees on Cornell, which is majorly snobbish about GPA.

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Re: 178 LSAT, Ivy undergrad, 3.4 GPA in Math

Postby The Lsat Airbender » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:28 pm

QContinuum wrote:
albanach wrote:MyLSN gives you a decent shot everywhere from Columbia down. You should probably apply to H, but the GPA is likely a killer.

For other schools, be prepared for unusual results (e.g. being accepted at a higher ranking school and rejected at a lower one). You are likely to see some yield protection at play (schools don't want to admit someone who doesn't attend, so if they think you're getting in somewhere higher and they can't or don't want to make up for that will a promise of $$$, they will just reject you).

One way to avoid that is to be very specific in your why X essays, particularly for schools known to exercise yield protection.

You should apply across the T-14, excluding Y & S (though some will probably disagree on that). Then, when you have offers in hand, you can ask for advice on which you should pick.

I generally agree with the above, except that OP can probably save the application fees on Cornell, which is majorly snobbish about GPA.


There might be an exception-in-an-exception if OP's Ivy alma mater was Cornell, to be fair.

I'd also recommend applying to any T-20s that OP would seriously consider attending. It's hard to over-apply as a 178/3.4 splitter - you're live for substantial scholarships at all these schools but it's hard to know which ahead of time.



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