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LEEP acceptance (The Rundown for 2009)
Hello all-
As one of the folks still WAITING (sigh) for their admission decision, I figured it would be helpful for myself, others like me, and future generations of LEEPers to make a collection of information here regarding admissions.  (After all, as Librarians in Training, who doesn't like a nice, quantifiable set of data?)

Therefore, if you're feeling generous (you lucky ones to hear early!) please reply with:

1) The date you received notice (email or letter...please specify)
2) Decision (Acceptance or Denial) 
3) Any other info you deem pertinent/comfortable for others to know (Undergrad institution, GPA, GRE, or date you turned your materials in)

In the interest of keeping this post easily comprehensible, please try to keep the info relevant and to-the-point!  

Thanks!  If you're like me, and still waiting, I know this information will be at least SOMEWHAT of a comfort.  Maybe we can start making some rhyme/reason out of it all.  And hopefully, next year, when LEEP hopefuls are going through the same waiting period, this post will help them out too.

P.S.  We (the waiters!) will be sure to add our stats as soon as we receive decisions. 
P.P.S. If you know the pertinent info for others who are not on livejournal, feel free to add their stats as well (to the extent of their comfort, anyway)

Hope this works!  Cheers to all!
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scott8116b From: scott8116b Date: April 19th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I met with one of the assistant deans prior to applying and did find out from them that for GPA the school looks at your last 60 hours of work. The website states "last two years" but this can lead to two separate results depending on your class load. She also told me that they really do not want to read about your love of books and libraries in your essays. Lastly, she also stated that they know your aunt, mom, brother, uncle, etc think you are great. So please do not submit letters of reference from them. Get letters from professional people and ensure that they discuss your qualifications.

I got my letter of acceptance on the 10th of April. It was a simple email from GSLIS stating congratulations, advised me of the requirement to attend a summer session, and that I will hear more in the coming weeks.

My background is that I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering over 20 years ago. My GPA was 3.57. My essays discussed how my career has been about developing delivery systems for information and now I am looking to understand better the needs of information users so that I can better develop systems, procedures, and interfaces to bring information to them.

My library experience is that I have served for 6 years as a library board of trustee member and that I have given presentations to library personal on new technology development that could affect and improve the way that users can access information. Some of those ways are to create a library experience outside of the traditional library building.

Hope that helps.

From: mindela44 Date: April 19th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! That's great info!
explodingcat From: explodingcat Date: April 20th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I also received an email of acceptance on April 10. I submitted my application on February 10. My undergraduate degree is Literature, but I've spent the last 10 years as a computer programmer/web developer. My admission essay focused on my interdisciplinary skills and my desire to combine humanities research with digital technology. I received recommendations from an old literature professor, a director of web operations at a university with whom I worked in the past, and a current supervisor at my place of employment. My undergrad GPA was 3.55. I actually don't have any library experience
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2009 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I was accepted by e-mail on April 10, and had all my materials in by March 1st. I went to a top-10 liberal arts college, majored in English like everybody, and in my last 60 credit hours probably had a 3.9+, though I didn't ever do the math. I've worked at a public library in children's services for six months (and held a second job, also in kids at a public library, for a couple months). I've also done some assistant teaching, tutoring, etc. My rec letters were from my current supervisor and two former professors. In my essay I talked about why public libraries are important, based on my current job. (For the record, I totally did talk about why I like books and libraries, at least at the beginning, and I still got in. So I don't think that's necessarily an application-killer.)
kickassmack From: kickassmack Date: April 21st, 2009 04:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I got accepted on the 10th.

I graduated last May from Berkeley with an undergrad GPA of something like 3.75. Right now I work for the American Library Association in Chicago. My essay was about how the love of writing has evolved into a love of information organization for me, which has led me to libraries. My letters of rec were from my thesis advisor at Berkeley, a former supervisor, and my current supervisor (one of the Executive Directors of an ALA division). I dont know how much any of this mattered in particular, but there you are. Good luck!
depaulbluedemon From: depaulbluedemon Date: April 23rd, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just got my denial letter 10 minutes ago. What a dissapointment! Wow. I'm a little surprised, I must say...

Anyway, here are my stats:

3.39 GPA from DePaul University (Class of 2008, BA in History)
Recommendations from the assistant director of a large public library, manager of the information services department, and a former professor.

I have been employed by a large public library for the past 4 years.

In college I worked as a research assistant for a professor.

My essays dealt with my interest in academic research, digital humanities, etc.

Anyway, I wish all the people who are still waiting for a response the best of luck!
From: mindela44 Date: April 24th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)

that sucks.

Oh, man, I'm sorry. That sucks.
I'm STILL waiting. I don't know what to think anymore. You were the last one I knew that was still waiting for a letter...do you think they saved the denials for last? Maybe they just forgot about me completely.
Did the email come late in the evening? I figured the admissions office closed at 5:00 PM, so I generally hadn't been expecting anything outside of normal working hours.
Also...what did the letter say? Did it just say "Sorry" or did they give you any reasons?
depaulbluedemon From: depaulbluedemon Date: April 24th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: that sucks.

I got my email at 5:15 yesterday.

The letter read:

I regret to inform you that after careful consideration your application for admission to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science has been denied.

The process for admission is very competitive and many more qualified candidates apply than we can accommodate. As each application is thoroughly reviewed, it is GSLIS policy not to revisit cases in a given cycle.

We appreciate your interest in continuing your studies at the University of Illinois and wish you well in your efforts to further your education.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 24th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: that sucks.

You're not the only. I'm pretty sure that I've been rejected, however, based on the calibre of other accepted AND rejected applicants, and the fact that I've heard nothing as of yet. I'll be sure to keep you posted.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 24th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: that sucks.

I'm still waiting too. And going COMPLETELY NUTS over it. And from looking at the stats on who's been accepted and who's been denied, I really have no idea what to think for my chances. I too have almost been wondering if they forgot about me. ARGH. I hate waiting.

BTW, I totally love you for creating this post. It was exactly the kind of info I was looking as I was agonizing, but it didn't occur to me to make a post like this. Thanks!

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 24th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

I received my email at 8:47 AM CST on Friday, April 24th (That's two weeks after emails started being sent out) that I was accepted. I am ecstatic!! However, I want to offer my condolences to those who have had to wait so long to hear negative replies. I think it's highly unfair to make applicants wait so long for bad news.

My information is below:
Northwestern University
B.A. in Mathematics
GPA 3.1 (Submitted GRE as a precaution for low GPA....640/720/5.0)
Served six years as a Marine Corps officer working in administration

I had three letters of recommendation: two from Marine officers and one from a professor at Northwestern.

I spent just as much time on my "interview" essay as I did on the "interest" essay. In the interest essay, I wrote of my interest in bringing the military community up-to-speed with its data technology and record-keeping abilities and my past experience with data management.

I am excited to see all those of you who were accepted at orientation this summer!

From: (Anonymous) Date: April 24th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I initially applied to the on-campus program and subsequently switched to LEEP after I was accepted, so my timeline info will be pretty irrelevant here, but I hope my other stats are useful to others...

BA: Columbia, 3.5 (Classics and computer science)
MA: University College London, distinction (Classics)
GRE: V: 650, M: 790
Experience: One year working at the rare book and manuscript library of an Ivy. Several years' experience in web design and development. Was on the academic career path prior to switching to librarianship.

I wasn't that pleased with how my essay turned out (I wrote about my early propensity for information organization and my interest in digital libraries), but apparently it was good enough for them...
scott8116b From: scott8116b Date: April 25th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Official UIUC Notification

14 days after getting the GSLIS notification I got another email from UIUC admissions letting me know I am official accepted. In that letter was my UIN and directions on how to start setting up the computer accounts needed for school.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Official UIUC Notification

I just got that email too. No problem setting up my NetID, Enterprise ID, checking email, etc, but I cant log into the GSLIS domain. It just says there is no account with that name. Should I even be able to do that yet? Can anyone else? Thanks!
scott8116b From: scott8116b Date: April 27th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Official UIUC Notification

I have not tried the GSLIS domain, but I was not able to get into email.
beingdrowned From: beingdrowned Date: April 29th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Official UIUC Notification

Me neither.
scott8116b From: scott8116b Date: June 15th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Official UIUC Notification

I got access to the GSLIS domain a few weeks ago as well as my email. All that is now set up. I even paid for tuition today for the summer session. Kudos to UIUC's IT department as everything so far has been easy to get set up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I received my rejection letter today. Graduated in History/Political Science with a 4.0 from a small liberal arts college in the South. Did not take the GRE, but scored in the 99.9th percentile on the MAT. Have been working in a public library for 2 years.

The only thing that skeeves me off is that I waited THIS long. I mean, come on. Reject me on April 1st, please!
From: sweetinsanity Date: May 21st, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm 2 years late to the discussion, but in the interest of keeping a collective record:

-Submitted my application on February 25th, with my last recommendation letter being submitted on February 28th (just under the wire, whew!).
-Accepted at approximately 5:00pm on April 25th, 2011 (totally thought I was going to be denied, since it was so late).
-Went to UW-Milwaukee for my first 2 years, UW-Madison for the last 2. My GPA didn't transfer to UW-Madison because they configure them differently, but it was a 3.77 and 3.59 respectively (so, for the sake of "last 60 credits" it was probably 3.6ish).
-Double majored in Psychology and Anthropology. I had a year of undergraduate research experience in a psychology lab, as well as two independent studies in Anthropology.
-I've worked as an office manager for the last 6 years after graduating.
-I worked a LOT on my personal statement and interview essays. A LOT a lot. :)
-I had three very strong recommendation letters, none of which were from professors I'd studied under--all from employers. It probably helped that two of my rec writers were deans in the college I work for.

I really didn't think I would get in, so this was a shock and a pleasant surprise.
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