Chucky21 wrote:Does anyone know what percentage of SLS admits are also admitted at HLS and YLS? If so do you know what percentage chooses H and Y over S? With this in mind does the waitlist at SLS play a large role usually?
There's probably a much higher cross admit rate between H and Y. Stanford has a really high GPA median and a somewhat low LSAT median. I think this leaves many Stanford people shut out of Y and H (who value GPA but also clearly value high[er] LSAT scores), so S is the "best" school they get into. This could explain Stanford's exceptionally high yield, and why they don't really need to rely on wait lists. This is all conjecture, so feel free to disregard.
As far as people who get into H/Y/S, I think the majority of them go to Y (Y probably dominates every cross-admit battle, even with H). Based on a whole bunch of people I met at HLS ASW, it seems like people who got into H and S (but not Y) were somewhat evenly decided.
Regardless, the use of the wait list is crudely a function of how well a school gauges its yield in a given year and how precise they want/need their class size to be. If 90% of people who get into Stanford choose Harvard or Yale (or a Ruby/RTK/Hamilton/Cooley, etc.), we can say that that is an objectively huge percentage, but if they planned their class to the 90% figure (or 95%, for example), then we wouldn't necessarily see much movement from the wait list.