zeglo wrote:Does applying early decision, then getting moved to the regular pile affect your regular pile chances? My reasoning is that if you apply early decision, the school would know that you really want to attend that school specifically, sort of like a signaling mechanism, possibly increasing chances. This is assuming good email followup and yield being taken into consideration.
e.g., Apply Northwestern ED, don't get it, but then have boosted odds in the normal stack due to signaled intent to attend.
Your reasoning is sound, but I'd argue it may be less impactful with NU specifically because of the scholarship. Saying "I will definitely attend" is different than "I will definitely attend once you back the armored truck up." Nonetheless, I've seen Dean Spivey refer to ED'ing as "the gift that keeps on giving", whether it's regular decision, decision off the waitlist, or a decision in a future cycle, that YP data point can only help you with getting in.