I hate digging up old posts for internet arguments but read the bolded part again. I fail to see how you reached the conclusion that you did based on your experience alone. It is just as likely that Harvard paid much more attention to your softs etc. than Berkeley, and then decided not to accept you because there were other more qualified applicants
You're correct in saying that I shouldn't have generalized based on my experience alone. However, I never applied to Harvard (if you're going to dig up old posts, please read them correctly). I had a chat with an admissions officer (as I said in my post), who said that all of my softs (military, work experience, academic achievement) wouldn't matter unless I could break 170. If they truly valued looking at applicants holistically, I wouldn't have been given a numbers threshold. I am sure that Harvard does evaluate softs - but it seems to occur after a certain numerical cutoff. Again, this is my experience - so take it for what you will.
Don't mean to start a flame war by any means - but B. has a number threshold of its own, albeit lower. Most schools have thresholds of a sort; it's just a matter of how willing they tend to be to go below it or how high it is in the first place. That H's is higher only indicates, in all likelihood, that H gets a stronger pool of applicants to pick from, and can therefore set the bar higher than B.
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: seeming lack of insistence on bumping up the LSAT median does not indicate that B. doesn't care about the rankings. We all here focus 'the LSAT whoring' because it happens to be the one aspect of rankings that affects us the most. In reality, LSAT median is only a piece of the puzzle, and people sometimes forget that by not focusing as much on the LSAT, B. reaps several other advantages.
1) The number of apps shoots up since a whole bunch of reverse splitters that don't stand much of a chance with the rest of the T14s apply there, knowing a 'miracle' is more likely to happen at B. than anywhere else.
2) Yield shoots up. An acceptance to B. is likely the highest acceptance a 164/4.0 (just to pull out a random example of a numbers combo that would work at B. sooner than it would work anywhere else in the T14) will receive.
3) The combination of a high app number and good yield helps lower B.'s overall acceptance rate.
I am no Harvard troll (didn't even apply there) and went into cycle with B. on my short list of top choices. However, while B. remains dear to me, I couldn't even begin to make anything out of the fact that its acceptance rate is lower than Harvard's. The difference is in one percentage, as far as I can tell, and that's not even accounting for class sizes. Filling up a class of 200+ people with a 11 percent acceptance rate is not more impressive than filling up a class of 500+ people with a 12 percent acceptance rate (and stronger medians, to boot). Too much credit's given here to B. imo.