Motivator9 wrote:nothingtosee wrote:ScottRiqui wrote:isuperserial wrote:Does anyone know the number of LSAT test takers this year and if it conforms to the previous downward trends? I feel like this would be useful information in determining whether or not we can expect similar declines in medians next year just like this year.
I don't think the yearly total has been published yet, but the October decline has been reported. I think it was something like 11% down from last October in total, with a 13% drop in first-time takers.
And June was down 5%. I'm not sure this will be significant enough to drop T14 medians across the board again, but can't see any schools raising medians.
Are we 100% percent sure that a school like HLS wont be effected by this drop in medians by other schools below them. I say this because a students with a 170 might be looking at a higher chance of getting a full ride at a lower ranked school and as such might be les inclined to choose HLS. I think this will have an effect on the major schools as well.
Historically speaking, this isnt how it works. In fact, I think more people are choosing HYS over money at other schools than in years passed because of the increased job security. If Harvards medians fall, it wont be because 170's are turning down their offers of admission - it will be because there arent enough 173+ left to fill the top half of their giant class.
ETA: and by 173+, I mean 173+'s whose GPAs arent ruinous to the GPA median/floor. We've already seen HLS lowering this floor the past 2 yrs, probably in part since they cant hold that median with ONLY 3.8+/173+ students.