Time to expose this as the lie that it is. Saying "this process is random b/c I got an interview at X Highly rated school, but rejected from Y lower rated school" is misleading. It's like saying you can't predict the results of a coin flip. Sure, you can't be certain about the results of any particular coin flip, but the overall results are quite predictable. I look at it this way: I applied to maybe 5 or 6 top 10 schools. I got 1 interview and no acceptances. I applied to a few 10-20 schools, got a couple of interviews and 1 acceptance. Applied to some schools in the 20-60's. I got plenty of interviews, and overall got in or got waitlisted to a good number of them. Applied to a handful of unranked schools and got multiple outright acceptances. So, yes, i could say "I got interviewed by duke but rejected by downstate. this is SOOO random," but in reality that's BS. Just thougt i'd bust this all too common myth.