Priority track

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delusional
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Priority track

Postby delusional » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:33 pm

Why don't more schools use priority track type admissions practices? It would make sense on so many different levels for the applicants, and it would be a relatively easy way to possibly boost their numbers.

r6_philly
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Re: Priority track

Postby r6_philly » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:44 pm

delusional wrote:Why don't more schools use priority track type admissions practices? It would make sense on so many different levels for the applicants, and it would be a relatively easy way to possibly boost their numbers.


Because 95% of people accepted under Duke's PT is going somewhere else.

Ok maybe a slight exaggeration. 94.5%.

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Re: Priority track

Postby delusional » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:54 pm

r6_philly wrote:
delusional wrote:Why don't more schools use priority track type admissions practices? It would make sense on so many different levels for the applicants, and it would be a relatively easy way to possibly boost their numbers.


Because 95% of people accepted under Duke's PT is going somewhere else.

Ok maybe a slight exaggeration. 94.5%.

Well, I haven't been accepted, but I can relate to that...

OTOH, if I were weighing two schools, it would definitely give Duke the edge.

It just seems to me like the whole process leaves schools and applicants so desperate, and if admissions folk would think outside the undergrad-to-the highest-ranked-acceptance box, it could benefit everyone, notably adcomms and non-traditional applicants. I applied late and I anticipate finalizing everything in May/June which means I am stuck with straightforward decisions. But if a school that is ranked lower than my numbers would accept me now, I could drop five other possibilities and think of moving, or finding schools and work in another city, etc. Northwestern did it in a small way, and they seem to have hit a home run. Priority track just seems so ripe for better implementation.




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