Not sure why anyone needs to see the numbers that went into the methodology. W&L has historically poor placement numbers, the GPA and LSAT scores of matriculating students willing to pay close to full tuition (somebody has to offset the ridiculous number of scholarships) are dropping year over year which is impacting the ranges & medians, the in-staters have been choosing W&M for the past 2-3 years in large numbers, and the lay reputation continues its slow deterioration now that it's not the 1800's.
The ranking will surely deteriorate further in the coming years as well -- keep in mind the school admitted the largest class size in its history due to unexpected scholarship yields and these individuals will be attempting to obtain jobs outside of rural Virginia in next two years. Furthermore, this cycle will see scholarship recipients choosing slightly lower scholarship offers at schools in substantive urban job markets over rural markets with a lack of networking and other meaningful externship opportunities during the academic year.
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on Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:10 pm, edited 2 times in total.