lawschool22 wrote:I think they just mean it's easier to get into HLS without proving to Harvard that you want to go there. Whereas Penn seems to (or it has become self-fulfilling) prefer that Why Penn or some other demonstration of interest. It makes sense intuitively that HLS would be less worried about high-numbered applicants matriculating. I agree that the data you have posted/synthesized does show a different pattern than UVA, but we can't, from that data, make a definitive statement about YP. That's because we don't know which of those 29/31 applicants wrote a Why Penn or otherwise demonstrated interest to Penn. Plus that data ignores waitlists, and I think that's what most people claiming YP are afraid of. Not that they won't, ultimately be accepted if they show interest, but that they will be WL'd as opposed to being outright accepted. Whereas at HLS, the waitlist isn't used in that way.
Nope. That includes waitlists in the rejection category. Above both 75ths had 29 acceptances and 2 waitlists.
Just because Penn might value a Why Penn heavily, that doesn't mean that it's yield protection. Think about it this way, if they let in the same percentage of 75+ LSAT and 25-50 GPA that Harvard did, they would way oversubscribe their class. They just can't admit that many people and so have to make distinctions in some way. They've seemingly decided that a good Why Penn essay makes the difference between marginal candidates, which seems reasonable to me (and coincidentally might improve their yield a bit, though that's different from YP).
But at no point do I see any evidence that they are rejecting anyone because their numbers are "too high," which is what YP would be. At every step, those with better numbers have a better chance at admission, unlike at UVA.
ETA: If high numbers candidates tended to write Why X statements at Penn but not at UVA, then that would muddy the waters a bit. But I don't know why that would be the case, and at best it would just add some uncertainty to the system rather than provide any positive evidence for Penn YP.