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March 01, 2003

American U. Slowness

Waiting waiting wating to hear from American University: Washinton College of Law -- the only school I haven't heard from yet, and one I supposedly should have no trouble getting into. Thanks to the directions Liable provided, I learned that LSAC estimates my chances of admission at 95-98 percent. Add to that the fact that I applied nearly two months ago, and I gotta wonder: Why have I heard nothing? Today I see American's website says:

So far we have received more than 8,100 applications. Our committee is currently reviewing applications that were received by mid- December. Although we review files in the order in which they were received and completed, not everyone who applied early will have received a decision yet. Our committee is holding some files for further comparison with more of the applicant pool. If your file is one that we have decided to hold for further review you will receive a letter from our office within the next 2 weeks notifying you of this update.

To clarify, their FAQ says:

Decisions are made on a weekly basis January- May. Files are reviewed in the order applications were received and completed. Not all applicants who applied early in the process will receive the first decisions. If your academic record places you towards the middle of our applicant pool, our admissions committee may hold your file to compare it with more of our applicants.

I interpret this information to mean that my academic record must place me "towards the middle of [their] applicant pool," which I'm thinking is not a good place to be in a year like this. It's looking more and more like GW will be the place. And that's a good thing. I'm ready to make the decision and move on, but I'd really like to hear more about financial aid options first. To those of you who have chosen a school and accepted an offer of admission, congratulations. I envy you, but I hope to join you soon!

Posted March 1, 2003 02:55 PM | law school

There are worse fates--GW is an excellent school. Congratulations!

Posted by: Jeff Cooper at March 10, 2003 01:16 PM

Hi--I read your comments as I am desperately searching the web for more information on what is this "held for further review." I am in the same boat as you, but I got this "held for further review" message from Harvard. Does this mean they've read my application and I'm still in the running? Or does it mean that they are just jerking me around because they didn't have enough time to read my application? And if that's the case, don't you think we should have the right to get our application fees reimbursed?

Posted by: Christy Fisher at April 7, 2003 06:32 AM

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