jim-green wrote:Thanks, Mum! This makes a lot of sense. I'm surprised by the $$$ a school spends being important. How do you accurately measure that, and how do you know it is efficient spending?
I'll look up what the Chi Rubenstein schols are. Have not heard of them, but then, I am new to this entire process. The Chi app did not have a question or extra essay about them.
The question this thread, including your long post, doesn't answer is why SLS doesn't easily raise LSAT levels, since CLS and NYU have done it higher than SLS. If CLS/NYU can, why not SLS?
Also, a question I asked before but did not get an answer on another thread: Does holistic mean softs or URMs? I ask this because your posts talks about holistic candidates taken away by Yale.
It means softs - and the point is that they don't want the candidates that CLS/NYU are taking. Some schools have different preferences, they aren't all the same. But holistic also doesn't mean that they are going to ignore numbers. It just means they are going to consider them as one factor. Stanford's ranges are still very high. The people on the low end are URMs. That doesn't change from school to school.
I think the mention of softs can be confusing. Softs should be realistic in terms of these applicant pools. They don't mean having a masters or publishing a single journal article or what not (those are just minor things that might get you picked over someone with similar numbers) - to get in with below average numbers, you need to have something that could go on their profile of candidates of incoming classes. We're talking about very fine lines here. Some schools may think there really isn't much difference between a 169 and 172 LSAT, while others will. Its really not a huge difference between their medians so take the holistic process fwiw. I think I've heard Stanford also tends to have alot of IP candidates that might get in with lower LSATs? It has a special relationship with Silicon Valley that HY doesn't so they may be making exceptions for candidates they think will be particularly successful in that area, since its their strength.