racmyers23 wrote: rrghwb wrote:
sk8boarder wrote:I called in today regarding my application status and they said it's still under review... Considering decisions that all decisions should be out by Friday, what do you guys think this means??? I applied early Jan, LSAT no is within that 161-165 range
That's probably true for almost everyone in that range. The reality is Emory will need to accept lots of 161-164 to make a class, and the school simply hasn't done that yet. What's more, Emory isn't going to get many of the 166+/3.6+ applicants, so that will free up spots for 161-164/3.7+.
What I can't figure out is how Emory benefits by waiting so long to notify the 161-164, who make up around 50% of their class. I understand that 165+ deserve priority, but to wait until the end of March to notify people doesn't seem that helpful. It's not as though the high priority 165+ are accepting Emory offers in mid-March. At best Emory gets a sense of who is interested in the WL and perhaps a few 166+ apps trickle in at the end of March, but I don't see how that benefit off sets the disadvantage of making a huge percentage of their class wait so long.
I would think it is actually quite helpful for them because they are able to better gauge how many of the people with higher numbers have withdrawn their offers or expressed interest in the school since being accepted... since we are coming up on the time when people are starting to send in statements of intents, etc. they can hold out on sending acceptances to people more likely to accept the offer (161-164 LSATers) until the last minute so as to ensure they have the strongest class possible.
I would agree if it were likely that in the past month the 166+ have been actively confirming or denying interest in offers and WL. There are no deadlines or requirements (other than some WL, but I can't imagine Emory is WLing a significant number of 165+ at this point) to confirm or deny interest before the deposit deadline, so Emory isn't yet getting the kind of actionable feedback needed to predict their class composition.
What's more, almost all of Emory's peer schools are able to offer acceptances and rejections and WLs to below median students months before the typical deposit deadlines in April. It's not as though Emory needs to wait this long. It's odd that they choose to.
P.S. In fact, the most responsive feedback loop would actually be from below-median applicants. These applicants, who if admitted early in the cycle, are the most likely to put down an early deposit. It might make more sense to accept and WL the 161-164 in small doses throughout the cycle to gauge interest, rather than focusing on the 165+, who I can only imagine are less responsive because 1) they don't have to commit either way until deposit deadline and 2) many of them have their sights set on higher ranked schools, and are low probability matriculants anyways.