I don't know if there's a secret, per se. I do feel stupid because Emory was the highest ranked school I applied to, and the next highest ranked I went for was UGA. I should have applied to more places in the T30 so I could have better negotiation leverage. After my disappointing cycle last year, I only applied to the schools I cared about this year. This was my mistake.BigZuck wrote: My acceptances have been pretty much in line with what people with my numbers have historically expected but my scholarships have been 10-60K higher than predicted on mylsn.info
I do think the true epicness of this cycle will be later when it comes time for waitlist movement and scholarships being given to splitters off the waitlist to secure medians.
In other news, I applied to UF VERY LATE (about a month ago), thinking I could use them as leverage to negotiate with UGA. They accepted me two weeks ago, but I just received my scholarship offer in the mail yesterday - 40% tuition, and I'm in-state. Which would be ~$38,500 to pay in tuition. On hindsight, I don't think UGA would give a damn. Lesson here: I really should have set my sights higher for negotiation strategies.