A non-inflated class that does not have a strict percentage scoring range set from the begining (i.e., 100-90 = A, etc) should have an average of a C to C+.Originally posted by canada
I've heard stories of schools having reputations for grade inflations but how does that work? Does anyone know?
Does this mean that their class averages for the schools are very high? Also, don't school transcripts have the class averages on them? I thought most class averages are around B- to B+. What do others have?
I don't guess I really thought about it, but that would be pretty impressive, wouldn't it?Originally posted by hightrump
schools are not going to look favorabley upon the one who majored in underwater basket weaving
Do you know how impressed i would be if someone could weave a basket underwater.
you can never know if everything about the other applicant is equal to yours. maybe the other person's personality is just a better fit at the school compared to the other? maybe one relates to the mission of the school more.Originally posted by Luthertaketwo
I wonder if you could sue a state school for admitting someone with a lower GPA but a "harder" major, granted everything else between them was pretty much equal.
Originally posted by acretinmelon
This has always been big on my list of concerns. I go to a regular old, non-Ivy, Public U, and most of my science exams are curved to a 70% (or C-). My intro Anthropology class has an average of 84%, though (just to brag, sorry: I got a 99% in that class without ever glancing at the textbook).
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a 70% is a C-? wow, that's hard. here 65-69 is a b-, just like the way amcas grades it.
I cant remember the exact statistics (hopefully someone has the article and can correct me), but something like 90% of Harvard students get some form of A. That my friend is grad inflation.Originally posted by canada
everyone keeps mentioning how Harvard has grade inflation? exactly what does this mean?
do the profs there curve the grades so that the class avg is higher? or do they specifically move a "pre-med" one letter grade higher or more?
Ya, but if those same students went to Podunk U, something like 99.9% of those students would get some form of A. If they didn't inflate, a normal student with 3.3 from Podunk U would look better GPA wise than the average Harvard student... This from a person who attended 3 universities... hard, easy, and just right.Originally posted by Gleevec
I cant remember the exact statistics (hopefully someone has the article and can correct me), but something like 90% of Harvard students get some form of A. That my friend is grad inflation.
Yeah, but Harvard students already have the bonus of going to Harvard which is a big enough boon in and of itself.Originally posted by Mr Reddly
Ya, but if those same students went to Podunk U, something like 99.9% of those students would get some form of A. If they didn't inflate, a normal student with 3.3 from Podunk U would look better GPA wise than the average Harvard student... This from a person who attended 3 universities... hard, easy, and just right.
basically amcas kinda goes by what kind of grading system your school uses. that is not the only grading system out there.Originally posted by canada
A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
D = 1.0
F = 0.0
I thought that this is the way AMCAS goes by? if that's the case then my school goes by the same thing amcas goes by.
to acretinmelon, what did C- convert to in terms of GPA?
Originally posted by hakksar
As far as I can tell there is really no way of comparing undergraduate institutions. Some top name schools (as was mentioned above) have very noticeable and obvious grade inflation and some state institutions (including the one I attended) have much less. Even in the same school different departments have varying degrees of grade inflation (hence there are hard and easy majors).
Some people argue that only the top students go to the top institutions because of their strict admissions policies and therefore grade inflation is the only way to fairly judge these students (If you have the 100 smartest people in the country and you grade them on a bell curve and then ask the person who failed to apply to medical school with an F would that be fair since he is still smarter than 99% of other applicants). However, there are many extremely smart people who go to their state institutions because of other factors (Scholarships, location, etc) and should these 4.0's be regarded as less impressive when you realize that their program may have no grade inflation (even if they attended Podunk U). GPA's just seem to not be an even playing field in the admissions process.
MCAT's may be a better indicator but they still only evaluate your ability on a single day and are not a good barometer for academic stamina or reproducible results.
Even EC's and LOR's are subjective. How do you compare a student with one EC where he treated Aids patients in Africa for one year with someone who volunteered in a Nursing home for 1000 hours, did research for 1000 hours, and tutored kids for 1000 hours. LOR's depend on who writes them and some schools have premedical committees and some do not.
I guess I am just venting because the system is so flawed and that is why everyone says it is a crapshoot. At least I lucked out I guess, but the system is still flawed.
I hear ya. I go to a relatively unknown small liberal arts college in the midwest and the tests are curved to a C.Originally posted by acretinmelon
This has always been big on my list of concerns. I go to a regular old, non-Ivy, Public U, and most of my science exams are curved to a 70% (or C-).
And I'm sure the 1100 ave. SAT score and the 25 ave. MCAT also shows how hard your school is too. I'm sure it's hard to study a lot, what with the big tractor races and ho-downs. (j/k, totally low blow).Originally posted by Fish3715
I hear ya. I go to a relatively unknown small liberal arts college in the midwest and the tests are curved to a C.