col.faith wrote:I'll try to explain why U of T takes only the best 3 of the 4 years of GPA from their applicants. My understanding is because they did not want to screw over their own undergrad students. I went to U of T undergrad. We have very strict grade controls to prevent GPA inflation. Professors have quotas on how many As and Bs they can give out.(less than 40% of students receive As and Bs) The median is ALWAYS controlled at 64-66(equivalent to C in letter grade or 2.7 in GPA), which means at least half of the class is getting below 2.7 GPA. Personally, I think this is one of the most stringent grading policies in North America, if not the most. Unless half of the students in a particular class in the US are getting high 50s, in which case I'll shut up immediately, otherwise, I think now the point becomes clear why U of T takes the best 3. But I got screwed over anyway. I have a very slim chance at U of T law school with their median GPA set at 3.8, since I only have a 3.47/4.00 GPA.(The best 3 yrs comes to 3.6) I wish I went to another school for my undergrad now. I am hoping that I can get into BU or BC, and hopefully I'll have a comparable career prospect in Boston as I would have in Toronto had I made it to U of T.
To protect you from being bashed for whining, let me just second this. I went to a US university (and was a TA), then went to U of T for my MA (and was a TA again). The curve at U of T (and all Canadian universities, I believe) is much stricter and lower than at US universities. This doesn't matter when applying to Canadian law schools, which understand the curve, but does when applying to US law schools, who don't care. I think the reason U of T Law GPAs are lower is that Canadian GPAs in general are lower. On the other hand, Canadian Universities are not as selective because they are required to let in tons of locals to give them the chance to succeed, even if they aren't really qualified. So in Toronto, for example, lots of people will get into U of T, but lots will then fail out. So the top students are just as good, but the tail is a lot longer (in undergrad, not law school!!). It's just a different system.