Dwaterman86 wrote:This will become a trend.
I've always wondered why schools even have deadlines
I think that UVA and other schools have ED deadlines in order to encourage risk-averse applicants to apply. If applicants know, at the beginning of the process, that they have until March 1 (instead of December 1 or whatever) to apply ED, then many of those applicants will first see if they are accepted by other schools before they apply to UVA. In the months of January and February, some of those applicants will get accepted to other top schools (e.g., Berkeley, NYU, Chicago, Northwestern, Michigan), and then those applicants, if they bother to apply to UVA at all, would apply RD instead of ED. Basically, the late ED deadline, if known at the beginning of the application cycle
, could cost UVA applicants who would have applied ED if they felt the pressure of an earlier deadline.
The more I think about it, the more I think that this little trick will work only once. For this year's cycle, UVA has the benefit of surprise, and they've essentially created two ED rushes: a rush for the first deadline (which everyone assumed was a hard deadline) and now a rush for a second deadline. If the 2011 applicants know all along that the ED deadline is March 1, then UVA is going to lose a lot of its potential ED admits to other schools.