Tiago Splitter wrote:SGVBruin14 wrote:Tiago Splitter: True but only the top 30% get an H or HH so its easier to hide the median.
I believe it's top 40%, meaning not a lot of people end up with straight P's, meaning employers will consider the folks with straight P's to be bottom quarter or whatever that number is. Sure, someone who would normally get all B-'s and C's at Cornell looks much more competitive at Berkeley, but straight P's at Berkeley is still a scary spot to be in.
Remember the system cuts both ways: Take two Cornell students: One who gets half A-'s and half B's and a second who gets all B+'s. The first looks great in the Berkeley system with an even H/P split, the second looks as bad as anyone and is sitting there with straight P's. Yet they'd both be median at Cornell.
Tiago is right. Remember, "hide the median" works both ways. It's not all upside. Berkeley is a great school and there can be reasons--depending on one's goals--to pick it over other T14s, but "there are no grades!" is not one of those reasons.