kaiser wrote:I wouldn't say transfer class size undermines job placement performance. Transfers almost universally do very well and get great positions. The question is who these grads are displacing? Is it the people at the top of the class? No of course not. The upper half of the class will likely do fine based on their performance alone. The transfers merely change where the margin is, since firms might have their quota for NYU students filled by the time they reach median, whereas they may have dug a bit deeper if you take the 45 transfers out of the equation. So if we are to assume that the top half of the class would have gotten pretty much the same positions anyway, the only ones who get screwed by a large transfers class are those in the bottom half of the class who get pushed down by the addition of students who will almost all be taking big firm jobs ahead of them. And no one knows whether these kids on the margin would have been able to secure a position otherwise anyway, so in all likelihood, the additino of the transfers likely helps, rather than hurts placement since you add in 45 nearly surefire placement data points in good firms.
Well, unless I misunderstood you, the fact that we're dealing with percentages means that the issue of who the transferees displaced from the original class is irrelevant. The pie is getting bigger, but we're still talking about 100% of the pie. For NYU, the lesson would still be: your class is too big.
What you're describing might explain the discrepancy between what NYU said about OCI offers and the above results though.