11:11 wrote:scottidsntknow wrote:The only problem for the medians is that if the class shrinks (obviously what should happen) then they may have trouble with anything higher than a 166. They accepted a lot of people last year below both medians and paid them to defer, so they started the cycle out pretty behind.
I'm not sure that "a lot" is an accurate qualification. I've heard like 5-10 people. And they subsequently proceeded to admit people off the waitlist who were below median.
I was under the impression that Wash U was asking people who would not affect median/25/75 to defer as a kind of insurance against a more difficult cycle this year, and probably so that they could admit people off the waitlist to pay sticker.
They doubled people's scholarships, and I know of a handful that took the deal. Everyone given the deal was below both medians, so I think you don't know what you're talking about. WUSTL thought they weren't going to hold the 166 last year and accepted to many people too early with sub median numbers, saw that they actually could hold the median, and scrambled.