Helmholtz wrote:I don't think applying a bunch of places so we can weigh more offers (or possibly just make sure we get admitted to one) is "gaming the system." If anybody's "gaming the system" it's UVA and instead of YP'ing people who don't write a Why UVA, they can YP people now who decide not to ED. With the increased competitiveness, it doesn't make sense to only apply to three or four schools. Applicants are mostly just covering their ass, not trying to take an unfair advantage over anybody.
I didn't mean to say that what students are doing now is unfair. It's fair, its what makes the most sense for students to do. But given that behavior I also think this is what is fair and makes sense for UVA to do. It has its advantages, too, just not to the same set of students that had the advantage before, and it's those people who are the ones who are upset.
My point was not that anything is unfair, but in fact the opposite. This is a game, and UVA's move makes perfect sense, given the increased number of applicants and the increase in applications per person. It's an unsurprising outcome and it's totally transparent. It's just another logical move in the game which we're all playing.