Yes. That's one of the biggest reasons (among many other reasons) why the USNWR's methodology is a bunch of horse shit. The fact that a 171 LSAT and a 2.8 GPA could even get you considered at a top 10 (Northwestern I am looking at YOU) is close to an ethical violation barring some sort of real, meaningful reason why that person dropped the ball on probably the most important aspect of college: grades, learning, succeeding academically.
HJO wrote:If UVA does move up in the rankings will we see more T14 schools work the splitter angle?
I thought most of them were already doing that anyways (to varying degrees). Isn't that the saving grace in schools getting to report "medians" instead of "averages"?
The proper way to weight LSAT and GPA would be to use a combination of MEAN and median scores where the MEAN is weighted at least as much as the MEDIAN score. Changing this formula would shake things up quite a bit. Schools with weak lower-bounds would pay big time for admitting students with lackluster credentials in the GPA or LSAT category. Also, the incentives schools have for admitting uber-splitters would diminish so that every school started behaving more like the UCs: Grades AND LSATs matter.
The ONLY people benefiting from the UNSWR's methodology are splitters. Many others are hurt by it.
GPA's aren't all born equal. I know plenty of people who bomb out of hard majors and end up doing well in easier majors. Your criticism might make sense if the other schools actually considered the rigor of undergraduate coursework, the grading distribution given (some schools hand out A-'s like they were fliers for a shitty band), and extenuating circumstances (someone who failed out 10 years ago but came back and 4.0'd it).
Treating GPA like an objective measurement is silly.
A 3.3 in political science is much more embarrassing than a 2.8 in a hard major, or a 2.7 who then goes on to have a great career in the real world.
Northwestern takes students who are smart, but didn't do well in undergrad, but turned it around and started a career. Is that worse than UVA taking someone who majored in sports management, 4.0's got a 166, then applied ED? Is that worse than Harvard auto dinging someone who graduated with 3.5 in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech (near the top of their class), but letting in someone who got a 3.8 from a TTTT school with a degree in History?
I'll admit I got lucky, but there are worse injustices happening here.