In an earlier thread, I stated that I was in the top 15-20 percent in my class. Normally, ND wouldn't accept someone with that percentile rank. I am (unofficially) 17th in my class of 99. If I went to a large public school with, say, 500 students per class, my rank would be much higher.
There's also the fact that my school is extremely competitive. We are in the Cum Laude Society and have had several students go to prestigious colleges.
I was just wondering how much thought admissions puts into the size and academic level of a school.