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Re: how important are rankings? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2012, 05:22
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Yes, but many schools would like an applicant to have visited --if for nothing more than to tell that school what makes it unique and why the applicant feels he/she absolutely has to gain entry into the respective school's program.

Heart. Well, technically I haven't been through an application season since I only applied to one school. I guess coming from the perspective of having an offer and scholarship money waiting from the one school I've applied to, versus the year long agony of not knowing where exactly I'll end up, may give off the appearance of "not putting much value in any of it." I suppose I'll have to figure out what's most important and put forth 100%.

Thanks for your feedback.

You are right that there are some schools that strongly favor visiting. The two that come to mind are Tuck and Johnson. However, it's NOT for the reasons you're stating. Those two schools are unique in that not only are the programs very small they are also located in pretty remote areas. They want applicants to visit before applying so that THE APPLICANT understands what he/she is getting into for the next 2 years. I have seen people apply to these schools then not visit until the interview or even until after admission, and immediately say, "I can't spend two years here." To help the schools' yields and save you time and money it's best to know what the school is like beforehand.

Trust me, the majority of schools do NOT care if you visit. I didn't visit Kellogg before I applied. However, I was able to clearly state why I thought the program was unique and a good fit for me. The essays aren't long enough for you to gush for 150 words about your wonderful school visit. You can definitely cover the "Why this school?" question simply by attending an off campus info session, website research, and calling a current student and/or alum. The visit is not for them, it's for you.
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Re: how important are rankings? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2012, 05:26
sapphire07 wrote:
Oh I see - well if I end up not taking the offer and going through the cycle this fall, I'm turning to you as a support buddy! I had also planned to apply earlier this year but was disappointed by my score.

No worries about the mix up- lots to keep up with on this site. Btw I am female ;)

Hahaha! If you're going to participate on this site get used to being called bro, dude, man, etc. No matter what the screen name there's a default assumption that you're male. Might want to put "BTW, I'm a female" in your siggy :lol:
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Re: how important are rankings? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2012, 12:08
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highwyre237 wrote:
sapphire07 wrote:


Thanks - I'll certainly consider this!
Do you know if it's necessary to travel to the schools you're applying to? When I look at it that way, I feel I should just take what's in hand. . . versus spending a year brown nosing and traveling across the country just to visit schools so I can write in a sentence in my essays about how much I enjoyed Professor X's class.


Honestly, it depends on the program. It may give you better perspective to write essays, or make it clear that you do or dont fit in a certain program. The brown nosing aspect of this entire situation is by far my least favorite... I just hate phoney BS...

BUT, if you are making an investment in yourself, be it just 2 years of your life, or 100K, you need to know its a good fit for you. I think the rule of thumb I'm using is, if its within driving distance I better visit. I'm in boston, so I'll be expected to visit Tuck, NYU, and Cornell. I doubt I'll make the trips out to duke or michigan unless needed for an interview (but will visit before deciding).

Also, would the wife and kid make the move with you, or will you be living apart? If they are I'm sure you'd want to check the area out first.




I agree - the brown nosing is the worst part, and I'm sure applications are only the beginning.

Good rule of thumb - I'll have to use that. Are you done with applications, or will you be applying this fall?

There's certainly no wife, and no kid! Just me.

ha wow, sorry must have mixed up threads! lol

I'll be applying this fall, but my original plan was for this past cycle, but decided to wait. So, I've been researching schools and such for about 6 months already.

Oh I see - well if I end up not taking the offer and going through the cycle this fall, I'm turning to you as a support buddy! I had also planned to apply earlier this year but was disappointed by my score.

No worries about the mix up- lots to keep up with on this site. Btw I am female ;)


Ha sounds good! Always willing to help, as long as you'll be there when I'm freaking out trying to finish applications in time for deadlines, and stressing while waiting for decisions.
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Re: how important are rankings? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2012, 13:31
imalawyer wrote:
I don't have anything to add to the talk about rankings, but, re: law school, I'd urge you to think very hard about why you actually want a JD. Sadly, this blog post http://www.itsuptoyou.net/why-you-shouldnt-go-to-law-school/ is very accurate.

You must have _solidly_ identified and well-thought-out goals before you commit to law school. Anything short of that is a guarantee of disappointment, I think.

Thank you for sharing! What's your law school/professional story and does this mean you don't enjoy being a lawyer?
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Re: how important are rankings? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2012, 13:34
cheetarah1980 wrote:
sapphire07 wrote:
Yes, but many schools would like an applicant to have visited --if for nothing more than to tell that school what makes it unique and why the applicant feels he/she absolutely has to gain entry into the respective school's program.

Heart. Well, technically I haven't been through an application season since I only applied to one school. I guess coming from the perspective of having an offer and scholarship money waiting from the one school I've applied to, versus the year long agony of not knowing where exactly I'll end up, may give off the appearance of "not putting much value in any of it." I suppose I'll have to figure out what's most important and put forth 100%.

Thanks for your feedback.

You are right that there are some schools that strongly favor visiting. The two that come to mind are Tuck and Johnson. However, it's NOT for the reasons you're stating. Those two schools are unique in that not only are the programs very small they are also located in pretty remote areas. They want applicants to visit before applying so that THE APPLICANT understands what he/she is getting into for the next 2 years. I have seen people apply to these schools then not visit until the interview or even until after admission, and immediately say, "I can't spend two years here." To help the schools' yields and save you time and money it's best to know what the school is like beforehand.

Trust me, the majority of schools do NOT care if you visit. I didn't visit Kellogg before I applied. However, I was able to clearly state why I thought the program was unique and a good fit for me. The essays aren't long enough for you to gush for 150 words about your wonderful school visit. You can definitely cover the "Why this school?" question simply by attending an off campus info session, website research, and calling a current student and/or alum. The visit is not for them, it's for you.


Good to know - I'll consider all this. Thanks!
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Re: how important are rankings? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2012, 13:36
cheetarah1980 wrote:
sapphire07 wrote:
Oh I see - well if I end up not taking the offer and going through the cycle this fall, I'm turning to you as a support buddy! I had also planned to apply earlier this year but was disappointed by my score.

No worries about the mix up- lots to keep up with on this site. Btw I am female ;)

Hahaha! If you're going to participate on this site get used to being called bro, dude, man, etc. No matter what the screen name there's a default assumption that you're male. Might want to put "BTW, I'm a female" in your siggy :lol:


Haha yeah that seems to be the case. Glad to find a fellow female (guessing by your name)!
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Re: how important are rankings? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2012, 13:47
highwyre237 wrote:
sapphire07 wrote:



There's certainly no wife, and no kid! Just me.

ha wow, sorry must have mixed up threads! lol

I'll be applying this fall, but my original plan was for this past cycle, but decided to wait. So, I've been researching schools and such for about 6 months already.

Oh I see - well if I end up not taking the offer and going through the cycle this fall, I'm turning to you as a support buddy! I had also planned to apply earlier this year but was disappointed by my score.

No worries about the mix up- lots to keep up with on this site. Btw I am female ;)


Ha sounds good! Always willing to help, as long as you'll be there when I'm freaking out trying to finish applications in time for deadlines, and stressing while waiting for decisions.
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Most definitely "bro;" let's create a support group. This process feels overwhelming enough, coupled with hiking down a path of solitude towards uncertainty. Helps to know there are others who postponed applying this year and that it's not the end of the world.
Here's to the all-nighters and waiting game ahead!
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