I want to add some considerations on specific schools based on my understanding of those data.POSITIVE IMPRESSIONSHARVARD
. By far the more international friendly school in absolute terms: 73 n/r aliens and 26 unreported GPAs a year. The impact on the class is not that big due to the huge class size, but still at the top for n/r aliens (12% of the class) and 4th for unreported GPAs (4,6%). Their supposed admission rate (48%) is far above the average for the T14, and they are the only T3 on which an international can a real chance to get in. If you consider their policy for need-based scholarships you have probably the best school for internationals on the list.
Note that the admission rate for 170+ (54%) is just slightly higher that the overall admission rate, which means that the applicants pool has basically just strong numbers.
They have a remarkable difference in favor of early admission rate (58%) against mid admission rate (33%). However, in early period the numbers are very high (174.7 average LSAT for the admitted, 171.2 for the excluded) and the lowest mid rate is compensated by a more normal average LSAT (172.5). This represents a common trend for every school, which means that in general early applicants have highest numbers than mid/late applicants (totally understandable).CHICAGO
. They are not actually international friendly: 8 n/r aliens and 2 unreported GPAs a year… However we have a lot of data from MYlsn which means that those are pretty reliable, and watch at their timing behavior: early admission rate at 63% (!!!) with 174 avg, against a mid a.r. at 14% with 168.2 avg! An early application here is definitely worth it.COLUMBIA
. Second highest number of n/r aliens (47 a year) and 11 unreported GPAs, 2,8% of total class size (6th overall, 2nd T6 just after Harvard). General a.r. at 42% but being 170+ here makes a lot of difference (a.r. 67%), which means that their applicants pool is variegated. Indeed, the avg dinged LSAT is less than every other T6 at 168. Early-mid a.r. at 61%-45%.NYU
. Totally unexpected here. 65% a.r. (39/60) and even higher among 170+: 83,3% (35/42!!), 3rd overall after WUSTL and VANDY. There seems to be no difference among early and mid apps. Best early admission rate (74%!), best mid admission rate (77%), 2nd best overall a.r. after Vandy, 3rd best for 170+, 4th amount of n/r aliens a year (37). Go with that!MICHIGAN
. Nothing stellar but it seems to work. Surely the best public school for us! A.r. 45,5% (24/53), not much different among 170+ (50%, 16/32). Big boost for early applicants (71% against 48% for mid) compensated by higher (but reasonable) numbers (172.3 in / 171.2 out against 170 in / 169.3 out).DUKE
. They overperformed my expectations. Less than great ABA numbers actually (14 aliens and 4 unreported GPAs), but they probably have a smaller applicants pool than many others because the admission numbers are very good! 56,36% acceptance rate (5th, 2nd among T10), 65,8% among 170+ (25/38), nice early boost (74% vs 57%) but admitted numbers comparable to T6 (early: in 173,8 / out 168,8 vs mid: 172 / 168,3).NU
. I decided to put them here despite some red flags because their ABA numbers are actually pretty high: 22,3 n/r aliens a year, 10% of total class size (5th overall, 3rd T14) and 16 unreported GPAs (4th), 7.44% of total class size (2nd). However, general a.r. is pretty low (37.5%), with a huge difference in timing: for early applicants is 30% (2nd lowest after Stanford, probably due to their ED program which is surely a great deal for internationals), for mid applicants is 53%. The numbers though are not bad at all: early 170,6 in / 167,6 out vs mid 171.1 in / 168.5 out. Not sure on how to read this last data: getting in early is harder but the numbers lower? This could mean that there are worse applicants early, which is very unlikely. Anyway, if ED could even be a boost for someone
, it isn’t that for internationals. Still an option to take into account though!CORNELL
. Together with NYU, the real outsider of this research! They killed the ABA report: 23,7 n/r aliens a year (6th), 11%of total class size (3rd); 22 unreported GPAs a year (2nd), 11,34% of total class size (1st)!! They seem to really like internationally educated guys, and this last number (11.3%) is 4% higher than the second highest (NU at 7.4%), more than double the third and the fourth (WUSTL at 4,8% and Harvard at 4.6%) and 4 to 15 times anybody else! Their a.r. is around average (55%) without huge differences between early and mid apps (58% vs 60%). This also means that they are among the best for mid period applicants. For 170+ they admitted 14/21 applicants (66,7%) – not that bad!GULC
. GT is one of the most international universities in the US and even the Law Center is pretty much international friendly. The total a.r. is 52,83% (28/53) – but up to 65% for 170+ (17/26). Both results are in line with the other international friendly T14, but GULC has actually very good ABA numbers: 42 n/r aliens a year (3rd) and 19 unreported GPAs (3rd). The impact on the class is not huge though (it’s hard to impact a class that is basically an army). Their LSAT medians dropped during the last 4-5 cycles and they just got out the T14 – I think they’ll try to bring up those LSAT numbers and that could be beneficial to 170+ applicant even without GPA.WUSTL
. Ok, St. Louis is not the first choice of many internationals. However, WUSTL really tries to be loved! ABA numbers are high: 25 n/r aliens a year (5th), 10,6% of class size (4th); 11 unreported GPAs (6th), 4.82% (3rd). General a.r. is 63.89% (3rd), without many differences between early and mid applications (2nd highest for mid applicants). Outstanding a.r. for 170+: a perfect 100% (11/11), 1st with Vandy!USC
. I decided to put Gould here because I think that they are actually an international friendly school with a small international applicant pool. According to ABA they have 7 aliens per year (not very good), with 6 unreported GPAs, 2,6% of total class size (above average). Data on MYlsn aren’t a lot, but they look good. Admission rate of 58.33% (14/24), 4th in ranking. Numbers are not enough to say that there’s a boost for early applicants (5/7 early admitted vs 5/9 mid admitted). Average LSAT for admitted is not too high (167.8 early / 165.8 mid), and LSAT for dinged is around 163. 4th best a.r. for 170+ (83%), based on 6 applicants (5 of them were admitted).
Bad impressions in the following post.