yossarian71 wrote:albs18 wrote:yossarian71 wrote:I mean, we know that the applicant pool was a little hard to predict this year. And we know it was probably a bit down in volume with smaller decreases in the 165+, 170+ tiers, right? So, why should Michigan need so much time to sort this out and start making decisions?
Asking genuinely, not trying to complain. Do people think Michigan's applicant pool is that far off what they projected? What is going on?!?
I am curious about this too. My best guess is that schools are focusing more on softs now that hard numbers are down. More attention (reading and rereading) is probably being given to the PS, resume, and LORs.
I would actually think it's the opposite. If numbers are down and schools are concerned about maintaining medians, then softs should factor less into the equation than they did previously.
I would imagine that it depends on admission offices' specific philosophies of merit and their institutional priorities. Some schools may care more about maintaining their medians, whereas others may be more concerned with applicants' 'fit' or well-roundedness, or have the liberty to care less about scores anyways (ergo HYS). Presumably, in light of the reduced volume of high scores, schools in the latter category would be spending more time looking at softs per Albs; schools in the former category would be worrying about numbers, as you suggest.