Exclusivity Stats from The League’s Pittsburgh Launch

The League has released information on which users were accepted from the pool of applicants at its December Pittsburgh launch.

Just 21 percent of applicants were were accepted: 512 of 2,537.

The top three schools that passed the filter were the University of Pittsburgh (12% of accepted applicants), Carnegie Mellon University (11%) and Pennsylvania State University (8%).

8% worked at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 5% worked at PNC bank and 2% worked at DICK’s Sporting Goods.

Lawrenceville was the most successful neighbourhood in the round of applications, home to 6% of admitted users. It was followed by Shady Side (5%) and Squirrel Hill (4%).

Since launching in Pittsburgh, the app has received an average of two requests per day to host a Steelers chat room where sports fans can meet. The feature will soon be added.

The League describes the initial group of users in a city as its ‘Founding Class’.

They are selected via an algorithm which, among other sources, draws data from LinkedIn.

Post-gazette.com coverage of the launch raises concerns about potential elitism built into the algorithm – The University of Pittsburgh and CMU cost $18,130 and $52,732 per year respectively for Pennsylvania residents.

Founder Amanda Bradford says in response: “Unless they’re going to call all of the workplaces and educational institutions elitist, I don’t think an application-based app is elitist.”

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