chimp wrote:A 98th percentile LSAT score and a 4.0 is not a reach anywhere.
False. Only 7 people our of 42 from LSN with 171s got into Harvard and 3 of them were wait listed first. That's not "likely". a target is somewhere you're LIKELY to get in. Although LSN may not be completely representative, it gives less than a 20% chance to get in with a 171 and less than a 10% chance of getting in without being wait listed first. That, to me, is enough to be qualified as a reach for this person.
We should be looking at 171s with high GPAs, not all 171s. Now, I'm not saying LSN is perfect but it's what we have and according the the information of the 9 applicants who had 171 with a GPA of above 3.9, 5 of them were accepted and the even of the remaining 4 who weren't accepted 2 or 3 of them were waitlisted. This means in the worst case scenario
, assuming that not a single one of the 4 non-accepted people get off the waitlist, 5 of 9 applicants on LSN who had a 171 with a GPA of higher than 3.9 got accepted by Harvard. In short, the majority
of 171/3.9+ applicants on LSN got accepted to Harvard. Reach? I think not.