gz5hc9 wrote:it is absurd to think that a 169 keeps you out and a 170 would get you in - you must be brainwashed by all the nerds on this website.
my buddy got into UVA, Texas, and Berkeley with a 166 last year because he had good softs. not a phd, mba or anything crazy - just good WE and good LOR's.
If you see anyone on this website with a 169+ and a 3.7+ say they got rejected from a school ranked lower than 10th, it means they have a terrible resume, their UG sucks, and/or their LOR's left something to be desired.
One guy who got admitted to two T14 schools with a 166 (Berkeley happens to be very reverse splitter friendly, FYI) does not mean that everyone with a 169/3.7 shut out of the T10 is a terrible applicant. Logic fail.
There was a 4.0/166 that got into Harvard off the waitlist last cycle, as well as a 3.4/179 (also off the waitlist). Does it happen? Yes. Does it happen to more than 2% of applicants with those numbers? Not at all.