djysyed wrote:According to one of the professors at UChicago, this year's applicant pool is the strongest they have seen in quite a while.
I'd take this with a grain of salt. This sounds like a generic response a professor might send to an earnest prospective student. If we think the competition is unusually hard, we may not take it as hard to receive a rejection, as well as feel quite proud to receive an acceptance. Honestly, I think the competition is consistently extremely
strong for the top schools (e.g. Chicago).
I do wonder to what extent the applicant pool varies (in terms of qualification) from year to year though.