rockchalk86 wrote:Vanwinkle... I am complimenting your school for their brilliant strategy so I am not sure why you are so rude and think I am embarrassing myself. Why would UVA do this? Give me one reason that does not involve rankings and money. To make students happier? People are pissed about this. To control class size? This move is neutral in that regard... so why?
This move is not neutral regarding controlling class size. If they admit people ED then the accept:attend ratio is 1:1. If they accept someone RD it can be any range of numbers, and while they have formulas to predict this they're not entirely accurate. The last two years in a row they have lowered acceptances and increased WLs, and yet STILL overenrolled, twice in a row! This year instead of trying to debate if a 3.9/170 is 25% or 30% or 40% likely to attend, they would rather just fill as much as possible with folks who WILL attend so they know for sure.
The ideal scenario for UVA is 360 EDs. Then they can just pick 360 people they like and they're done. In that scenario they need 360 people who want to go there enough to ED that have the numbers they want, and to achieve that
they need those 360 people to believe they'll get the same scholarship consideration they would at Michigan, since at this point, while I love UVA, Mich+$$$ > UVA.
Without "high numbered" people believing they can still get money if they ED, they won't get the quality of EDs they want/need to simplify their admissions process. They'll continue to get EDs by the hundred, but not with the numbers they want.