Worth looking at. Published yesterday.http://abovethelaw.com/2017/03/the-10-l ... o-to-2017/
I am surprised that H yield is 62% according to the article while S is 44%. I might have thought it was the other way around. To the casual observer it seems that most TLS opiners say S is the no-brainer choice. It can't be finances as they are both need based and use the same formula.
When I returned from ASW in Palo Alto I was wearing a Stanford sweatshirt. When I got back from Cambridge a Harvard one. As a fashion statement they are more or less the same color. Which ever choice you make with work out amazingly. Gold luck.
The author is confusing yield-rates with the preferences of cross-admits. Harvard's yield is the natural result of it accepting more students every year than Yale and Stanford combined. Based on the raw number of acceptances, less than half of the students Harvard accepts could have the option to attend Stanford instead. Thus it is less hurt by Yale's substantial (81%) yield.
To highlight this, here is a highly over-simplified hypothetical with fabricated numbers:
Yale accepts 200 students. All 200 accept. Yield: 100%
Stanford accepts 400 students. 200 were also accepted to Yale, and go there instead. Yield: 50%
Harvard accepts 1000 students. 400 were accepted to Stanford or Yale, and go there instead. Yield: 60%.
In this hypothetical, Harvard has the higher yield rate despite losing 100% of its Stanford cross-admits.
Of course, real life isnt so simple. Schools dont publish cross-admit rates so the the best data we have is in a thread posted a couple of weeks ago that reviewed the decisions made by MyLsn users. The results showed that Harvard/Stanford cross-admits ended up choosing Stanford slightly more often than not. However the difference was small (only a few percentage points).