JCougar wrote:cusenation wrote:Well last year the Dean explained that their ranking drop was due to the fact that the school implemented new ABA-reporting standards for reporting job placement to the U.S News a year earlier than other schools, and that next year (this year) their ranking should go back up once everyone else adheres to the same standards. But of course that depended on them maintaining the same LSAT medians, which they didn't. But I'd be surprised if WUSTL didn't move up slightly in the rankings just based on everyone else adopting the new reporting standards.
Re: 166-ish applicants, I definitely think that 166-167 is the new 168-169 as far as WUSTL scholly. Applications are down, especially for 165+ applicants. It's likely that the 168+ admits are gonna have "better" options, which will reduce the number of 168+ admits that the school can reliably count on to enroll. The 167-169 median that WUSTL previously had when it was #18 was achieved during the 2010-2011 cycle..which was apparently saw a huge spike in applications. I'm guessing the 10-11 cycle inflated medians for a lot of schools.
Anyway, I could be completely wrong about the macro-factors. But I do think you can count on a nice scholly package
What you say above is true, but the bolded part is going to be true for a lot of schools, and it will likely work to cancel things out. The lack of applicants means less students with higher LSATs to admit. A lot of the lower T14 and T30 schools saw median drops as well last year, and this year is going to be worse.
Agreed, it certainly seemed like many of the schools in the 16-30 range took a pretty big hit in LSAT medians last year. I jus looked at the number of December 2012 LSAT test takers and it is down 15.6% from the number of Dec 11 LSAT test takers. Its going to be interesting to see how this year plays out.