Nom Sawyer wrote: englawyer wrote: dudester wrote:
tomhobbes wrote:I'm kind of disappointed by this question and answer thing on the HLS blog. It was great that JR answered people's questions about being on hold, because that's very relevant, and nobody really knew what was going on with it. But the other two questions he answered were softballs. The information about the phone interview is already out there, and that last question about LSAT/GPA cutoffs was obviously just selected so he could make Harvard look good. But of course no school is going to say "yeah, we're all about the numbers."
And Harvard kept all the questions hidden so we don't know what people asked. It seems that this wasn't actually a chance to grill JR and get answers to hard questions. Besides the information about holds, this was more like a politician's publicity stunt. Hopefully he takes up more interesting questions next time.
It seems JR might have actually answered that question because he was feeling a little sassy today: "So each year we admit many people who fall below our 25th percentile for GPA or LSAT (about 25% of the class actually).
On second thought, TLS usually reeks of epic math fail...
that doesn't account for splitters, which form a major chunk of the <25th category ( > 75 LSAT, <25 GPA for example).
Another TLS math fail example??
haha just ribbing on you Englawyer (english lawyer?)... couldn't resist.
But yeah i'm very surprised JR actually straight out said that... lol he must not have a very high estimation of HLS admits math abilities
Actually, what he said is certainly incorrect, technically. Consider:
25% of our class has a GPA or LSAT below 25th percentile. (paraphrasing, but logically equivalent)
That means that 25% is either below the 25th for GPA or below the 25th for LSAT--or both. Except, in order for only 25% to be below 25th on either
measure, they would have to all be below 25th on both
measures. In other words, what he said was logically equivalent to "25% of our class has a GPA and LSAT below 25th percentile." The "or" doesn't actually make any difference in the meaning.
It's obviously true that much more than 25% of the class has a GPA or LSAT below the 25th percentile. It's actually more like 40-45%, depending on the number of URMs/extraordinary stories with both numbers below 25th admitted. Very few GPA sub-25th people will overlap with LSAT sub-25th people.
Of course, he was just speaking/typing casually, and casually the sentence is interpreted in the "correct" fashion.