beef wellington wrote:
jks289 wrote:Wow, based on the numbers admitted today I am now convinced there was zero chance we weren't penalized for applying EA. Once they get to our apps, most of the spots are going to be filled. Ugh. I hate people who feel entitled to anything (admission, quick response times, etc) but I almost feel like I was deceived into thinking this was going to help or be neutral.
We were penalized for something, but it wasn't applying early. I saw a couple median-ish people admitted today, maybe they just really stood out for some reason. Other than that, a couple people closer to auto-admit territory got in. If someone can come up with a reason as to why it would be in Cornell's interest to reject us in favor of RD candidates they like less than us, I'd be interested to hear it.
I think what is in Cornell's interest is to be able to see their entire field of applicants before deciding who to let in, ding, or WL. The way we are penalized is practically no one was accepted EA. Now RD applicants with comparable numbers are being accepted, while we are at the bottom of the stack. If we had sent in applications in December/January we would be in this review, at a point at which they are accepting people based on a reasonable expectation of GPA and LSAT medians. When they get to our applications, there will be fewer spots. I applied early because Cornell is one of my top choices and I thought I would be giving myself a bump, and if not a bump then certainly not hurting myself. I don't think they were transparent about their intention to be extra-selective EA, and use us essentially as a reserve. Had they been, I would have made other choices. I am not trying to bitch about it, I am just expressing frustration with myself for not understanding the position I was putting myself in, and the admissions office for not being open about the likely consequences.