Knock wrote:CosmoLaw wrote:Kswizzie wrote:akikaze wrote:Agree and disagree; this deferral (which is essentially what we're seeing) is producing the desired effect: annoying those who have stellar stats/extras and were admitted to YHS (and who will withdraw, thereby protecting Columbia's acceptance rate and yield); forcing the rest of us who are very interested to express our interest in concrete manners (thereby protecting Columbia's acceptance rate and yield); and screening out those who might not have the stats/interest level/resources to get into and pay sticker at Columbia (thereby protecting Columbia's acceptance rate and yield).
I mean, they may very well end up with a >50% yield using these tactics. I'd also point out that applicants who are held and withdraw or withdraw before any kind of decision push DOWN Columbia's acceptance rate (for no good reason) and make the school look more selective than it actually is.
Edit: I'd also note that they very interestingly phrased it as an "admissions decision", which (you're right) it isn't at all.
IDK if this is a good explanation... Is this move really driven by USNEWS rank concerns. Can the admissions staff at Columbia really expect their rank to change. They must know that the chances of passing Stanford are slim just as slim are the chances of NYU or Chicago passing them.
Perhaps these are just stabilizing tactics- necessary to maintain their present rank?
There's still the absolute score to consider as well. I just can't really see any other reasonable explanation besides what Akikaze theorized, short of they sent the hold email to a wider audience than they intended.
if you look at lsn from last year though, there were several people who were held only to later be wl with really great numbers just like those held this year. To be honest, I am not holding my breath.
The only hope is that somehow and for some reason, this year is different.