wadeny wrote:I still don't get why UVA decided to alter their ED process like this, especially in the middle of the cycle. I mean, it's not really an "early" decision any longer, so why would they even continue to call it that? It seems like it has something to do with their yield, but whatever the reason, it sounds pretty shady to me.
Of course it does. Assume a previous yield of 25% for RD applicants (roughly rounded, but pretty close to UVA's actual yield when you discount ED acceptances. UVA's total yield is 33%, but there are ED accepts which have to go and raise the numbers). If this extended ED gives UVA 50 more acceptances, then UVA could go and waitlist/reject 200 other people they would previously have accepted. That is a net decrease in 150 admitted students. So, if you go from roughly 1050 admits for 350 seats to 900 admits for the same 350 seats, that is a significant increase in yield (33% to ~40%)
When you look at the increase in $$ the school makes/retains in addition, it turns out pretty well for the school.