Tushbush wrote:Ok. So the consensus as of 2 months ago is no longer valid? It seemed like everyone believed that medians were bound to be dropping across the board.
Yes and no. Medians don't have to drop for there to be huge advantages for applicants. I can think of two:
1) People above both medians are now more rare commodities. Whereas in the past schools might have been able to reject some of these people, they probably have less flexibility to do so.
2) As I mentioned above, splitters may be in better shape. A 172 3.3, 170 3.85, and a 165 4.0 are just as good as three 170 3.85s. Whereas schools might have been less willing to accept the 172 3.3 and the 165 4.0 in the past, now they might be the only way for those schools to hit the medians.
TL;DR- the fact that medians haven't dropped doesn't necessarily mean that the cycle wasn't a good one for applicants. Then again, everything that I said above is just from anecdotal evidence, too.