My theory is because this cycle was the first one that had applicants using the the new CB MCAT last year (for a full year). This allows for many more applicants to apply early than any other cycle. Although the total number of applicants has not increased significantly this year, but the number of applicants applying early has. This is why we have seen many schools saying they have received a record number of applications early on. Also schools like NYMC and VCU which which were extending invites well into Feb. last yr are alreading winding down in December. What are your guy's theories?