jdn012 wrote:While I don't see Duke out-right rejecting a 167/3.9, it's not impossible, esp. if they are trying to up their stats. And DD, i agree about the yield aspect. If I'm not mistaken, I think Duke may have the lowest yield in the T14.
Anybody else think there's going to be a lot of waitlist movement at Duke (esp. with LSN data from last year showing very few acceptances after Feb.)?
I have no doubt they're ambitious about upping their stats. I just don't think they can up them as dramatically as they appear to be trying to. It's one thing to go from 165-170 to 166-171; quite another to push to the range where 169 constitutes the 25th percentile. Those are t6 stats. I just don't see Duke making the drastic jump to that level in the span of one cycle.
As I'd mentioned before, someone told me that they did something similar last year and ended up digging deep into their WL. So all taken into consideration, answer to your question is a big yes. I don't think they can possibly dispense enough scholarship money to do away with the need of admitting many more 168s and 167s than they have so far.