fortissimo wrote:Michigan didn't start actual construction until this past year...meaning its expenditures were not reflected in past years' rankings. It also had a huge surge in applications this cycle, which won't be reflected until at least next year's rankings.
I guess it could just pull the "I'm a huge slut" card and start sending fee waivers to everyone like UVA did, but then wheres the fun in that?
Since I can't see Michigan's budget sheets, I don't know what has been included in their expenditures, but just because physical construction began this year doesn't mean they weren't paying architects for designs or making down payments before they submitted their information to USNWR. Anyway, TLS isn't the first place I've heard that Michigan has been helped by their construction project.
I still don't understand why people are opposed to free applications. When schools charge for every little thing they do, such as review applications, they are greedy money whores; when they make something free, they are whoring themselves out to attract more people. At least when applications are free, both sides get something they want.