ashika2212 wrote:Forgive me for saying this but... why does everyone seem to be saying this is a brutal cycle for HLS? Based off LSN the magic 172+ 3.9+ for autoadmit / WL seems to still be true.. There were also quite a few outright dings last cycle with 3.8-3.9 and 173 as well..
I don't think people think its brutal...i think the word is 'different' or 'a little less predictable.'
I think people were just shocked by HP's rejection thats all. The other rejections have not been too shocking (If i may say). Since Harvard was silent for 3 weeks, it left the thread a little confused.
Disclaimer: I think HP is a wonderful person and I wish her the best of luck in this cycle and hopes she gets a million dollar scholarship to go to Yale/Stanford.
I think its mildly disconcerting that it was an outright ding but the only person that ultimately got in HLS from LSN in the past 3 cycles with a 3.87 and 173 that I could find had 3-4 years WE + any possible PS/LOR differences from HP.
The takeaway I got from this cycle (I'm 2 cycles away from applying lol.) is that KB is outright dinging applicants on the lower end who do not have exciting (in her personal opinion) LORs / PS / WE that would otherwise put them into the 'we dont care if you lower our median because we expect you to do great things' category.
Edit: Takeaway #2, WE only seems to be affecting borderline applicants, and there may be a heavier weight associated with GPA this cycle based on current (limited) data.