Unitas wrote:We have no way of knowing for sure, but in JR's post he made no mention of involving faculty in regards to holds.
This is complete conjecture, but any chance Harvard is expecting to move into the number one spot in the rankings? This would explain why they are offering less seats if they expect to move up and that could make more people who got into Yale also choose Harvard over Yale.
Doubtful. Yale's peer reviews make it a clear number one, even Harvard's numbers being significantly above Yale's wouldn't make USNWR budge. Not to mention taking a smaller class would have to be a broader-scale institutional change, not one that stemmed from the admissions office.
I wasn't saying Harvard would end up with a smaller class size... I was saying their yield would go up if they moved to number 1, so they would make less offers to get the same class size.
Someone else already said overtaking Yale is almost impossible by PM, I agree with the reasoning. They also brought to my attention it was more likely Stanford overtakes Harvard. That could also explain the holds. They may be worried about falling a spot and don't want to waitlist a number of applicants that they may need to come if others choose to switch to the higher ranked Stanford.
This is just idle conjecture on my part. I have no idea what the point of being held is, especially this late in the game. It seems they are scared of upsetting a large amount of borderline applicants for some reason (otherwise why not just waitlist us?)... And at the beginning of this cycle JR seemed to want to distance Harvard from postponing decisions - and now that is all they have done.
Just let me in JR then I can just tell everyone being on hold was a great place to be..