longlivetheking wrote: longlivetheking wrote:
trying to prevent splitters from gaming admissions.
Mike, can you enlighten us on why schools have recently started showing only 25/75ths? whats the point of hiding the medians?
From what I was told, schools moved to 25th/75th percentiles as medians (thanks to USNWR) started to cause applicants to overly focus on that single number. The range, it was thought, gives a broader, more accurate picture of what an applicant's odds are at a particular school.
Now that the official ABA data isn't set until October, law schools can make the perfectly reasonable and understandable decision to not release any entering class data until the final, official numbers. I imagine some schools worry someone might point out a difference between the numbers at orientation and the official numbers and try to impute some nefarious reason behind the difference.
In today's climate though, when you release some data and not others you run the risk of being accused of doing so because your median dropped and you're hoping to get as far through fall recruitment season as possible before releasing the numbers.
To be clear, I'm NOT saying that any school that doesn't release medians is up to shenanigans. There are a lot of valid reasons why a school might not have released updated numbers yet.