midwest17 wrote:Because it indicates that they focused really hard on getting a bunch of people just over the median, rather than trying to attract students who are significantly above the median (and thus harder to get)
If this is what people mean, it clearly doesn't apply to Chicago any more than its peers. Yes, its 50-75 spread is small compared to its 25-50, but its 50-75 spread is exactly the same as NYU's and Columbia's (or, at least it was last year... we don't know about this year yet.)
midwest17 wrote:while letting in people who were significantly below the median.
I mean, yea... this is what I argued makes the most sense to do:
LSATSCORES2012 wrote:t's somewhat of a mystery why schools would focus on percentiles rather than take a holistic approach once they're under both medians, anyway, unless they genuinely believe that high LSAT scores are the best way to determine admission decisions
To clarify, an admissions director theoretically has free reign to admit half the class entirely above both medians, and then take a completely holistic approach with the other slightly less than half of the class, and still maintain the median. This makes perfect sense, unless they actually believe that the LSAT is the best way to measure a future lawyer... which most probably don't.
Edit: I'm not saying that Chicago does this, nor am I saying that if they do it it's because of some wholehearted desired to combat the woes imposed by the USNews system... what I am saying is that, regardless of the motivation, I think everyone should do it... (actually I think everyone should collectively say screw rankings, let's all actually do legitimate investigations into the schools we are considering attending, and rendering USNews useless... but I guess this isn't the place for that and it's not going to happen because USNews is a nice and simple way to make decisions...)
midwest17 wrote:getting the highest median possible, rather than attracting, overall, the strongest group of students.
This isn't supported... in fact, I'd argue the opposite might be true, based on the above... but even if it's true, this is what nearly everyone does... and it's silly and unfortunate, yes, but not specific to Chicago.
When I think of gaming, I think of what Monochromatic mentions - what UVA does: admitting splitters who aren't likely to be admitted elsewhere. And there isn't much indication that Chicago does that, as far as I can tell, but I could be missing something.
I mean, of course Chicago games the medians in that they focus on getting the right amount of people with certain LSAT scores and GPA's. But so does every other school except maybe Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley (and I'm sure even they care, just not as much).
Maybe I'm missing something. As you all know, I'm going to Chicago and my desire to see it in a good light might be clouding my judgement. But I don't understand how they're gaming differently from their peers... This is especially true considering they let me (and many others who are below both medians) in with a scholarship.