What is a better Scholarship requirement

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What is a better scholarship requirement?

Maintain a 3.0
7
64%
Rank within the top half of your class
4
36%
 
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KJ5490
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What is a better Scholarship requirement

Postby KJ5490 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:27 pm

I am trying to figure out if ranking within the top half would be manageable or if it would be too much of a risk when money is on the line

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jks289
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Re: What is a better Scholarship requirement

Postby jks289 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:30 pm

To answer this question you need to know what the median GPA of the class in question is. If the median is 3.0 then it is the indentical requirement. Median above 3.0 and keeping that GPA is harder than just being in the top half, median below and it is easier. I have heard 3.3 is a common median, but I think that varies by school.

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twert
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Re: What is a better Scholarship requirement

Postby twert » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:33 pm

if you are looking at a lower ranked school, 3.0 is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of top third. for a higher ranked school the curve shouldn't be so harsh.

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Re: What is a better Scholarship requirement

Postby 09042014 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:34 pm

KJ5490 wrote:I am trying to figure out if ranking within the top half would be manageable or if it would be too much of a risk when money is on the line


What is median at the 3.0 school?

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twert
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Re: What is a better Scholarship requirement

Postby twert » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:37 pm

if you look up the schools in the nalp directory it should say what their medians are.

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Re: What is a better Scholarship requirement

Postby rv11 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:38 pm

twert wrote:if you are looking at a lower ranked school, 3.0 is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of top third. for a higher ranked school the curve shouldn't be so harsh.


I've noticed this. Why do the curves vary based on the rank of the school? Isn't it more favorable for a lower ranked school to set a higher curve so its students look better?




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