MrMileyCyrus wrote:What I don't understand is that held people who in theory shouldn't have any trouble getting admitting are being forced to wait so long. If anything, I would improve their medians...what's the hold up? Was my LOCI not good enough for you? Did they not like something in my PS that other schools overlooked?
I don't get it.
This is making a lot of assumptions, but bear with me. Assume you're the ideal candidate: 4.0/180, and you apply regular decision. Columbia looks at you, goes lol, and holds you while thinking "have fun at Harvard." Harvard doesn't accept you, or you don't even apply to Harvard because Columbia is your dream school, but you don't say that unequivocally until the spring. Even if you say in your spring LOCI that you will attend for sure if accepted, maybe the appeal of admitting you has diminished now that their class, and therefore their medians, are now firm. Adding a 4.0/180 probably won't move the needle too much by this point anyway, and they'd rather admit someone with stellar softs, or an URM with a great story.
I have no clue if any of this has basis in reality, so take it with a pound of salt.