Of course, this is anecdotal because we are literally speaking with one another and we know who is placed and who is not placed. You seem eager to disregard my statement, but I know 6-8 UCB MFE grads who are telling me this. Here is the thing, UCB has a reputation for placing students but this year they are behind and the 2020 class has 20% more students than 2019. Maybe Linda cannot do it alone. Just consider that. That is all I am saying. Are they others reading this blog who can offer their opinion?Speaking with friends who graduated from the program in March.
and then clarify it's just an extrapolation based on a very small, not necessarily representative sample size.There is trouble brewing at UCB MFE. 2019 placement is way down this year - currently at 65% one month after graduation!
I disagree with your use of the term "sample size". I am not extrapolating a value based on a small sample. I am telling you the actual percentage of placed students vs. unplaced students based on the entire 2019 cohort. Over the weekend, 6-8 people have validated that 65% of 2019 students are placed and that 35% are unplaced. We are all talking and these students are keenly aware of the problem because their OPT date is set and the clock is ticking. You may derive your own conclusions. Clearly, time will tell. Have a nice day.I agree with the sentiment that a larger cohort size means likely lower placement rates, and that it is in general a bad sign, if all other things remain equal. I'm not discrediting the possibility that placement rates for 2019 may be lower than previous years.
What I am saying is that you destroy your own credibility when you write
and then clarify it's just an extrapolation based on a very small, not necessarily representative sample size.