I have been looking at the numbers on the Hastings and Davis websites, and it is difficult to say definitively which is more competitive. If anything, Davis may be slightly more so than Hastings.
First, acceptance rate is almost the same for each. Hastings = (1323/5881) = 22.5%, Davis = (944/4018) = 23.5%
The numbers is what confuses me:
GPA: 3.45 - 3.6 - 3.71
LSAT: 160 - 164 - 165
GPA: 3.35 - 3.69 - 3.83
LSAT: 161 - 164 - 167
One thing you may notice right away is that the numbers for Davis are different than what is listed on TLS. I just got all of these numbers directly from the admissions site at each school.
It seems like Davis is the more competitive school, at least in terms of numbers. With the exception of the 25% gpa marking and the median LSAT, Davis has higher numbers for almost everything. I think the lower end of the gpa spectrum is probably because of a more friendly nature towards splitters as some others have already speculated.
What I can't understand is why Hastings numbers are so much lower given the fact that their applicant pool was much larger and the fact that it seems like almost everyone who applies to Davis also applies to Hastings. My only guess is that since these numbers reflect only the students who attend - and not who was accepted - that students with higher numbers may get in to both but ultimately favor Davis.
Basically, if you have lower numbers, it looks like you have a slightly better shot at Hastings. If you are a splitter, you may have a better shot at Davis.
Then again, the only thing that these numbers really say is that the applicants who ended up actually matriculating at Davis had a slightly higher overall number spread than those matriculating at Davis. It could very well be the case - and I imagine that it is - that many students are accepted to both schools and have to choose.
Anyone else care to way in? I'm not really a statistician.
Last edited by chicityteacher
on Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.