avacado111 wrote:I mean. Maybe they are not YP, but they are predicting a huge app increase this year? So they are holding apps?
Could be anything - maybe they want to see what other schools admit so they can better gauge where they need to be. Like playing poker and having your opponents show their cards before you place your bet - not a bad move if that's it in such an odd year.
If Cornell is doing this, I think it's a questionable move, particularly with respect to stronger applicants. I did not blithely apply to Cornell. If admitted, I will give them serious consideration. Outside of H/Y/S, I like Cornell as much as any school, including some, like Columbia and Virginia, that are ranked higher.
But if Cornell defers me, I will probably remove them from consideration. It's not great marketing to encourage applicants to apply early just so you can tell the applicants they might not be good enough for your school. I mean, if they want to play the "wait and see" game, then they shouldn't offer early action.
At this point, however, it's all speculation. When the dust clears, Cornell may end up admitting most of the EA applicants who are above their medians.