justonemoregame wrote:I'm awful at math, and I would like to know at what point do you have a situation where section stacking at a school like Washington and Lee is unavoidable. I know they put stipulations on their scholarships. I applied last year and mine was something like top 60%.

If a greater number than that are on scholarship (about 65% of W&L students receive grants according to LSAC - and perhaps the number is greater than that for c/o 2015) - how does this work?

I'll use numbers that make it easy to understand:

If the incoming class is 100 people, and 65% (65 students) all have a scholarship to which a top 60% stipulation is attached (i.e. they must be in the top 60 at the end of 1L), then necessarily at least 5 of the 65 students (7.7%) will lose their scholarship. However, the percentage, and raw number of students losing their scholarship will likely be higher because,of the 35 students without scholarships (or without stipulations on their scholarships), some of the 35 will likely be in the top 60%, and every spot they occupy in the top 60% necessarily blocks one of the stipulation scholarship students.

That was just a general breakdown assuming an entering class with only 1 section. At my school, we have about 350 incoming students this year and the section with which you are graded is about 80-90. If you were take a situation like that, assume that 65% get scholarships (228 students) that all have a top 60% stipulation. If the school wanted to "stack" sections, they could have two full sections of students all with top 60% stips, necessarily forcing 40% of the scholarship students to lose their scholarships. For instance, an a given final, the lowest score in a "stacked" section could be 74, where as in a non-stacked section, the highest score could be a 74. Because each large section is graded separately, a scholarship student in a "stacked" section could have received an A in another section, but will receive a C because they were in a "stacked" section. "Stacking" allows the school to entice lots of students with large scholarships, but also allows them to save themselves the 40% they won't have to pay out. And, obviously, if a student loses their scholarship because they aren't in the top 60%, they don't have a chance in hell to transfer to another school, so the student is on the hook for full tuition for the last two years.