I don't think it has to do with them as much as it does with your score. The lower your score, the more likely they are to not respond to you until they respond to everyone else with a higher score. This happened to me at UT. For UH, I was part of the first batch of admitted people, but my scores were in their high range.
The only time I have experienced this is when my scores were low for a school.[/quote]
Do you really think they go by score, rather than by the order in which applications are received, or something like that? Wouldn't it make more sense to do the opposite and look at the weaker numbers first, in order to see if there's any possible way the applicant could be admitted? For most people, the answer would probably be no, so the applicant could thus be easily rejected.[/quote]
It is probably a mixture of both, but if you read TLS you'll realize that they do go by scores in a lot of cases. A lot of people applied in Oct. or Nov. and did not hear from schools until now, or are still waiting for some, like me. All the while people with higher scores who applied later or those who applied at the same time have already heard back.