I hope the applications fairy waves her magic wand to make schools overlook a subpar gpa. i vacillate between optimism that fewer apps will make this a reality and deep anxiety that the numbers game won't change.
here's a question for those who might know: for schools that use an index number, is the number what defines your chances? do comparisons happen strictly within an index number, or is there more fluidity and cross-index number comparison?
i.e. would someone with a 4.4 index at columbia be compared primarily to others with that number. so a 3.1, 178 would go against a 173, 3.8 (also with a 4.4 index) instead of being compared to someone with a lower index, but with numbers more solidly at columbia's medians (say a 3.6, 171 with a 4.3 index). i think the former comparison would would improve a splitter's chances.