Originally Posted by StephenHero
Are you thinking about what you're saying at all? It sounds like you're really putting your education to good use. The more applicants a schools has, no matter their motive for attending, the more selective the school can be. And why do you give a shit what other people are interested in? Are you saying you have no extracurricular activities? You know you're on a message board with men's clothing enthusiasts right now don't you?
That would be true if the increase in applicants was linear, but what I am saying is that I suspect it is not.
I am suggesting that the sort of student who would be attracted to a school because of its athletic department is probably not an excellent student. Perhaps there would be a marginal improvement near the bottom of the admitted applicants, but that doesn't impress me much. I think it does little good for my school to increase the quality of marketing and sociology majors it turns out. Sure this looks good in the brochure to be able to publish how "selective" we are, but that's an empty figure.
I'm in the graduate engineering school, which is ranked #7 in the country. We compete for top students with MIT, Cornell, Berkeley, and all the big names. How many top applicants do you think we lose because they want to go to a school with an academic reputation like MIT, rather than a football reputation?