showNprove wrote:I didn't read this whole thread, but having some inside knowledge, I'd thought I'd share.
Applications are up at UVA, and this is not an attempt to get more (after all, how many people would pay to apply ED when they wouldn't have paid to apply RD? very few in very limited circumstances).
The real reason is this: Virginia loves applicants who express a strong desire to attend Virginia, and they often get requests from applicants after the ED deadline to permit them to bind themselves ED. Although it's called "early decision," there is no apparent reason to prevent applicants from binding themselves to your school if they wish, simply because you're later in the admissions cycle. Because applicants have expressed a desire to do so, and because Virginia has nothing to lose and only something to gain, why would they not?
I hope more admissions office take this view.
WHAT? This is where this ED crap becomes problematic. Imagine all of the t4-14 doing this and then only wanting to let students in who ED “It appears UVA is already doing this by just ignoring non-ed applications currently.” So what would probably happen if all schools do it? Students who suspect they won’t get into HYS would ED to the school ranked 4 if rejected or deferred then apply ED to 5 then 6 then 7 then 8… until they finally get into their “top” choice. This is horrible and stupid, because it would make students who didn’t want to ED anywhere have to wait forever. To avoid this students who wouldn't ED would then ED to avoid the stress. Setting up a vicious cycle.
This is crappier then waitlists. This ED setup helps the school at the expense of the students. And if you expect it to greatly help UVA that is incorrect in the long run, because all the other schools will do it if it works slightly well for UVA.
EDIT: put in more of why this is horrible.