I'd wager an increase this year. But to be honest it really doesn't matter- with a 33% overall acceptance rate, the people that make up the "may apply/may not apply" group aren't the superstars in many cases but the applicants with lower stats. --Trek
It would be interesting to see 2002 data. When is it going to become available? Regarding economic issues, the number of the applicants is going to increase but it will start its trend in 2004 because most of people would need to take their pre-med reqs and that would take at least a year. If there is going to be an applicant boom, it is not going to be this year.
The 2002 data should be published in early November. It takes a while as they publish it as a big group of tables showing how many female Puerto Rican's that live on the mainland between the age of 28 and 29 were accepted at three schools with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.65.