DonnaDraper wrote:InGoodFaith wrote:EMZE wrote:And below both median admits are, obviously, exceptions
Or, by definition, half the class.
From what i understand the people who fall below medians either have URMs status or are splitters who make up for it by being at or above another median. Falling below BOTH medians as a non-URM I would agree is pretty rare.
A non-URM friend of mine got in to NYU last year with numbers below their 25 percentiles. His only good soft was a humanities PhD, although he probably had a great PS. He also got accepted to a couple of other schools at which he was below the medians.
Of course, these are all anecdotes, but it does happen.