rayiner wrote:The numbers won't impact the rankings because at this level it's mostly expenditure/capita and peer rep that decides the ranking. I'm just pointing out that numbers-wise Michigan and Berkeley are TTTs in decline.
As for rounding, why would you say that? Duke posted a 0.04 GPA bump and a 1 point LSAT bump after all. It seems weird to just single out NU for rounding...
I agree with your first point, Berkeley especially just doesn't make any sense to me as #7. I'm suspicious of the NU number increase because of the conventional logic that NU is a splitter haven, so long as you have some modicum of WE. If you're sub 3.3 or even 3.0 but have a good LSAT NU is always mentioned as a place to try for, and if this is true a 3.8 median seems extremely high. Also I'm naturally suspicious of huge increases. Duke increased an impressive but reasonable amount in two categories, but Northwestern's GPA just skyrocketed. I would be equally suspicious if Penn came out with a 2 or 3 point median jump and the same GPA (not exactly equivalent mind you but in the same vein).
Also a 3.8 just seems so suspiciously round.