How do admissions offices choose between several qualified applicants?
This is almost the same question as the last one, except now we're talking about more students, but the unknown factor is now how many will actually be accepted. Most likely if they had a chance to personally meet the student(s) that could make the difference. The known vs the unknown can weigh heavily. However, to cover their butts, they could accept a few and defer and/or wait-list the others. Too difficult to give an exact answer as there are so many variables.