ChampagnePapi wrote:All adcoms are slaves to US News. That is literally what they are paid to do - to be slaves. If they mess up the medians they get fired. Cornell just has too much trouble fighting the bad image of Ithaca, so its medians suffer as a result (despite its great job placement which is a peer to most T10's).
Do dips in medians ever translate to poor OCI or employment stats?? Do firms pay attention to this stuff?
Nope. Cornell had really strong placement prior to the crash (its 2011 placement was bad, but not much worse than a lot of other T10's). According to current students they are bouncing back well! Firms don't look at medians, they already have their preconceived notions of each school.
So Cornell can't pull people from Vandy, WUSTL, and Georgetown because ewwww Ithaca? I dunno about that. It seems more likely to me that more people with 168-170s were shopping around for $$ this cycle.
Just from anecdotal experience, Cornell usually does a good job of matching peer schools in scholarship amounts. And Georgetown is WAY stingier than Cornell.
If you're right, it could change this year thanks to the $25 million gift Cornell Law received, which it claims to use at least partly for scholarship money.