I must say, after getting a rejection from Emory today I realized how little adcomms take into account substantive factors like school quality, GPA, published works, and the like. It saddens me that people get 70K scholarships for getting a good score on a 4 hour test which has only a small correlation with achievement (though I know it's larger than others). I thought I'd female dog for a bit since this whole process is disheartening.
Sorry to hear about your rejection. I think that most schools look at you as a number. If you fall into the maybe pile they glance over your extras to make a decision. If you fall to low, they just reject you, and if you are way above what they are looking at they admit you. This process has taught me that a small percentage of schools actually care about who you are, most are to worried about rankings to accept someone below their average numbers.
Not to burst your bubble on your view of Emory's decision making process, but I was accepted with nearly identical numbers as yours. I think, when it came down to my application, they did take into account the very same factors you argue they ignore. Be careful in your assumptions...
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