First, let us remember what scholarly institution we are in limbo about: Notre Dame
A school that prides itself on high ethics and morals... I really do not believe with an overenrollment of nearly 27 at this point, they would be playing games with us. I think it is quite possible they may decide to go with the 220 and Barney kindly laid out a very rational way in which it is conceivable.
Some baseless rationalization on that:
To decide if they'll "go for broke" and admit 220, you have to decide what it means to go broke in this case. Happily for you all, there really is no financial disincentive to a bigger class. The cost of providing the education is generally fixed within a certain range. It costs just as much to provide classrooms and teachers to 180 students as it does to 220 if they've got the chairs and desk space. The only negative I'd see with those 40 extra bodies is that they might take a slight hit in USNWR for a slightly greater student/teacher ratio, but that's an area where they have ground to lose, and one that really doesn't count for much anyway.
If we assume that they've wisely prepared for that full 220 person class to attend, and that they've worked schedules and ensured appropriate classroom space to accomodate them all (possibly adding sections which would not otherwise exist) they have good reason to maintain the larger class.
This could really to y'all's advantage. Keep hoping.
With the number now down to approx. 207, if they were going to go for 220, that would leave about 13 seats available... The previous letter we received said they anticipate to pull 5 to 15 off the waitlist, the majority grom Goup A.
The recent letter, which I did not receive yet, which has been sent to Group A and B, because let's face it, there are going to be a number of people from A who are not going to be able to attend at this late date... but then why go to Group B? Why not just release them, release us all? Unless, they truly anticipate filling some more seats.
Maybe, I am just giving too much credit to ND, but, I have a really hard time believing any institution, especially, Notre Dame, would intentionally at this late date, string people along. jsia