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Grade deflation in my major and school

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DATtaker, Dec 1, 2001.

  1. DATtaker

    DATtaker Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2001
    hey, I am a junior at emory's goizeuta business school. I really like business and economics, however the b-school is really trying to improve it's ranking and make its curriculum harder. also, they just put in a bell-curve grading system where no more than 35% of people in a class should have an A- or above and no more than 45% be in the B-to B+ range.

    should i really major in business? i may get a higher gpa in another major. but would medical and dental schools (maybe UK and U of L) realize Emory's tough b-school program and grade deflation?
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  3. md2be06

    md2be06 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 15, 2001
    Sorry, but a school where 80% of its students get a B- or better isn't really suffering from grade deflation in my opinion. If anything, that's grade inflation. Med schools aren't all that familiar with the rigors of different business programs, but even if they were, they'd still pay much more attention to the relevant science courses. They're not going to spend much time trying to surmise how much higher or lower your gpa would've been had you chosen a different major.
  4. Milhouse Van Houten

    Milhouse Van Houten Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2000
    good call md2be06.
    at my school no more than 15% can get an A- or better. once i had a physics professor who said 20% get A- or A, and 30% get B-, B, or B+. that made every student extremely excited. and that was a big exception.
  5. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2001
    The Big House
    Fully concur with MD2Be- 35% As and 45% Bs is HIDEOUSLY inflated, in my opinion. Quit whinin and see how good you have it. --Trek
  6. DATtaker

    DATtaker Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 25, 2001
    so these percentages you guys are giving are for grades in majors classes? not science classes? i know science classes have low set percentages like that.
  7. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music. 7+ Year Member

    Nov 22, 2001
    Glendale, AZ
  9. Original

    Original Ogori-Magongo Warrior 7+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    O.K check this out. I finished Ugrad with a 3.8 gpa in math. Then I started grad school and I'm finishing my masters in math with a 3.23 gpa. Ridiculous right? NOT. My department nominated me for the academic excellence in graduate work award and I won despite the 2 million MPH students with 4.0 GPAs. I've been pleasantly surprised that med schools are not in the least worried about my very low grad GPA. If anything, I'd say they are thrilled. Anyway I think you should not change your major. Surprisingly, the adcoms are extremely sensitive to the different applicant-specific factors. Do your BEST and please please please don't change your major.
  10. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    The curve sounds slightly inflated, but not hideously by any means. Perhaps a 10% reduction in the overall number of B-'s and above would be called for.
  11. I just clicked on the link to see what "grade deflation" was. I was stunned. My undergrad (UCLA) was not like that.... at all.

    UCLA grading trend in science classes:

    0-10th percentile A
    11-15th percentile A-

    16-45% (B+,B,B-)

    The median (50th percentile) was normally a C+, sometimes a B-. But never better than that.

    A majority of people get C's.

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