jawsthegreat wrote:As an aside, why do people constantly state that "a school is my overwhelming number 1 choice or my dream school" yet not pull the trigger on ED when their number clearly dictate that to be their only chance?
I think it comes down to two things: Lack of understanding about the admissions system, and money. Last cycle I had both problems; as a splitter who hadn't yet found TLS by the ED deadlines I didn't know how important those might be in helping me get in somewhere, and I also wasn't yet sure I wanted to go big, thinking I might want to take a scholarship somewhere if I got one and wanting to see what offers I got. I did end up getting some big $$$ offers, but chose UVA anyway as I learned more and my priorities changed.
Of course, that was last cycle, when the ED deadlines all fell relatively early, and I learned a lot about things as the cycle went on and I went through it. I knew so little about where I wanted to go that early in the cycle. If I had done ED, it would've been to Penn. How different my life might've been then!