robin600 wrote:faceman9000 wrote:Because it is about medians and not averages, it is always better to be a splitter with one # above the median than to be "balanced" with both #s below. Whether or not justice is served by this system is certainly up for debate.
True true, I just sometimes think some schools take a 162/4.0 and 170/3.0 to balance each other when they could just take two 166/3.5s who most likely will attend anyways. I think UMN is kind of doing that this year. Maybe it's because they're a state school, are they one of the schools that has a %of in state students they need to meet?
Actually, UMN is not a state school--part of the publicly funded MN state school system that gives "state schools" that title--it is a large independent public university.
Again, it is all about medians when it comes to the USNWR rankings, so a 166/3.5 can only lower the #s of a school like UMN whose medians are 167/3.6ish. Remember that the median is the middle number so balance is virtually meaningless because an average is not taken. It does mean that you are a well-rounded candidate who can excel in class and on tests, which looks good on an app.