Thank you for doing this thread, and posting this data. I have a question about your interpretation of the data. Why do you think there is a relatively small drop in applicants with a 160-164 compared to the other score ranges?
There was a rather significant drop in that bandwidth last cycle. So with relatively small data, this is often likely to happen. Think about it like this, after the increases at the top last year you heard some noise from elite schools that things were stable at the top and everything looked great for the future. That was based on one year (and the previous year had been down) and really small data sets. I posted something along those lines -- that we didn't really have anything to go on to say all good at the top for this year. Sure enough, look at the 170+ now....not all good (for a law school).
The point being I really wouldn't read much into these fluctuations for meaning, rather just take the static decline as a good thing.