NYU and Columbia don't give an ED boost.
This doesn't make sense. Why would they offer Ed then? And if it's just to get as many good students as they can and they give no boost in return, don't you think word would get out?
1. If you look at most schools' ED information, they say point blank that it's just a speed of response thing and that they evaluate students according to the same standards as RD students. At a lot of schools (G, M, P, V) this is a total fiction akin to their claiming to average LSAT scores and they're just saying that in an effort to be as non-transparent as possible. At NYU & Columbia, it seems like the boilerplate ED stuff is actually the case. That it's just a speed of response thing. Although the sample size is really small, there's just no clear evidence that the boost is there. It's possible that the people hdsoc is pointing to might not have gotten in RD, but, on the other hand, they might have. They definitely would have been competitive. Last cycle, they took RD 173s all the way down to 3.3. FlamingCow had a 3.7, not a 3.5, plus a lot of work experience. People with those kind of stats have been getting in RD throughout this cycle and the last one. On top of that, a lot of EDers with solid stats got rejected. The only outright ding at the 173+ 3.5+ level from NYU was to an EDer.
2. I mean, you'd think