chaospaladin, yes, that's what's being said. it may make the application process to the most selective schools more sane. the kids admitted to these SCEA schools won't be flooding the market w/ their applications to other top 20 schools. they'll be one and done, or at most they'll only apply to the other SCEA schools and perhaps MIT, Caltech if they're science folks. but hopefully everyone will apply SCEA because the school is actually their first choice; the present application strategy will no longer be necessary. how many times have i read on CC that a kid applied to and was accepted to Y SCEA but would prefer H.