fatduck wrote:beachbum wrote:fatduck wrote:Come on now, a graph of a cycle in progress? There are like 2 rejections on that graph. Surely you can see how silly that is.
Look at last year's graphs for WUSTL, GWU, UIUC, and IU-B and tell me there's a significant difference.
Ok... here's last year's WUSTL graph: http://washu.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/0910/
Sure seems to tell a similar story, no? Also noticed that a lot of the splitters who were WLed (I don't see any that were rejected) turned in their apps late.
I'm not going to include the graphs for Illinois or Indiana (or Minn, for that matter) because they do the exact same thing as WUSTL. And I'll be the first to acknowledge this. But I think WUSTL gets more of the hate for the reasons above.
Here's the graph for GW (last cycle): http://gw.lawschoolnumbers.com/stats/0910/
It appears less extreme than WUSTL. It also seems that WUSTL is giving splitters significantly more money than GW, which goes back to my original argument.
I mean, it looks pretty similar to me. Pretty clear LSAT wall with a ton of acceptances up and down in terms of GPA, including some extremely low GPAs (sub-3.0). WUSTL also gives a shitload more money than GWU across the board.
I mean I get the argument, right? Every school's students either fall above, at, or below their GPA median. You're saying WUSTL's "below median" students tend to be more "below median" than other peer schools, implying that they don't really care about anything but their medians (i.e. their ranking), so it doesn't matter to them whether a student is 3.6 or 2.6 if they're gonna bring the median down.
But it just doesn't play out like that in reality. Look at the 25% percentile for GPA for some peer schools:
WUSTL is on the lower end, but not noticeably so. It's on par with schools like BC and UCD, neither of which are labeled "splitter-friendly" on these forums. I just don't think these hordes of 170/2.5 slackers that you think are filling the classrooms at WUSTL exist...
That may or may not be true, but we're talking about WUSTL's reputation on TLS. And it seems to me that those types of applicants are disproportionately associated with WUSTL around here.