Well, my story is not quite as drastic as a tier 1/tier 4 discrepancy, but I got deferred at Barry and given a conditional acceptance to Appalachian, which are both unaccredited. Meanwhile I have gotten in to a tier 3 and a couple tier 4s.I think it all comes down to this:Admissions is a darn shoot.
In at UNC, waitlisted at DePaul. Shocked at neither, surprised at both. Offered money at a tier two, full scholarship to T4, then nothing from a tier 3. As said earlier, admissions is a crapshoot; there doesn't seem to be too much rhyme or reason.