custom_concern wrote:observationalist wrote:conn09 wrote:Asian Female
3.9 from a Top 10 Undergrad
Fulbright, and another giant big post grad fellowship
I told her to blanket the top 20 and throw in some CA schools
With Berkeley being her top choice
Tell her to apply to the T10 and Vanderbilt
A Fulbright is a very strong soft, though it might come down to where she went and what she did (research project in Germany, for example, probably carries more weight than teaching English in Thailand because of the increased competition). We had just one scholar in last year's class, out of 190 or so students. I'm actually staying with three former Fulbrights in India... the director of our Social Justice Program is a legal scholar on development issues in India and also handles the Fulbright LLM program. A school like Vandy would probably throw $$ her way, with the very top schools giving her a serious look. Her gpa is above just about everyone's 75th which means her numbers are a wash everywhere. The primary consideration will be how her scholarship and essay stacks up compared to the Rhodes scholars out there deciding to go to law school.
I understand that a Fulbright is a strong soft, but if you are suggesting she apply only to the T10 and your school -- and if you're not ONLY kidding/trolling -- then I think this is very bad, very dangerous advice.
Oops! was joking, did not mean for the OP to take that seriously. I just meant that a Fulbright can be a game-changer, so they might as well play the game as best they can and tout whatever connections they built while serving the scholarship. Our Social Justice Program director definitely appreciates bringing in more Fulbrights, Peace Corps alums, TFAs, Americorps etc... anyone mature enough to represent the country or dedicate a significant amount of their life after college doing something challenging is going to get the nod ahead of people straight out of college with the same numbers. I would think a 162/3.9 + good Fulbright puts you at the very top of what a 162/3.9 can get for acceptances, short of an order from a Governor to let her in.
And I second both Flight 's and samsonyte's views... good stuff. k_unl, I didn't realize there are 1500 Fulbrights each year. When I applied there were a lot less than that... it looks like that figure includes partial Fulbrights? so, it's a mixture of Fulbrights and Halfbrights?
I'll be here all night. Well, not really. That's probably the only joke I've got in me right now.