Kakarot wrote:It would be interesting to see how schools manage offers at any time, without the BS they say.
1. Do they have a set total number at a given time?
2. Do they have a set number for specifics ranges at a given time, say 175+ 3.8+ 100 offers, 172-175 3.6+ 200 offers, and so forth, based on statistical historical yields?
3. Do they just offer whoever they like? “Yale comes to mind, they just don’t like that many people”
I doubt very seriously it is number 3 at most top schools. Maybe one of the deans can come explain? They have to have a way to manage offers, it can't just be a free-for-all.
Oh, hi Cardinal. Did you become the victim of, what we refer to as, YP yet?
I feel the most likely answer is a variation of #3 for most schools. But much complicated than just simply pick who they like. I feel like the more holistic schools would do the following
1. set number goals. So say they want to set the 25%, 75% and median numbers as goals for this year
2. set offer number goals. based on previous year yield, set an acceptable number of offers. This should be conservatively set incase yield incarease a lot.
3. auto admit. pick all the ED candidates and early candidates up to a certain percentage so they will ensure the average goals are likely to be met.
4. Start picking who you want. You can pick this based on any number of criterias (with or without consideration of LSAT/GPA).
5. Keeping an eye on the number goals. If you take someone who is below 25% but you must have, you will keep the number up by admitting the highest number candidate in waiting that is most likely to attend.
6 repeat #4-5
I think you set the target quite a bit higher than past year numbers because you will most likely lose the top end candidates more so than the low end. I don't think they have a specific number per score/gpa range but they want to keep the indicators high so the end result will not suffer (lower than expected numbers).
Now for WL. I they would likely to keep a number of super high score/GPA people in the WL. They will retain the option to use them later on to balance the class and keep the numbers up. But why do you not admit them right away?? If you admin, they may keep the acceptance but not attend later on. By putting them on the WL, they will either withdraw or send in LOCI to let you know that they will be available.
Now being on the WL can give you an early admission offer or a later one. If they finish picking who they really want out of the whole pool but still many seats left, they will give it to the highest numbered WL candidates. If they use up all alloted offers before getting to the WL, then they will only use the WL if someone withdraw an acceptance. This is obviously very random, depend on how the applicant pool shape out.
I could be totally far away from the truth, but I have managed many things and this seem like a reasonable way to manage admissions. If I was given the job, this is what I would do.