Low GPA not affecting Median?

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Foosters Galore
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Low GPA not affecting Median?

Postby Foosters Galore » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:32 pm

Ok, forgive me for not fully grasping this concept, but several people have told me that schools will definitely consider me because my LSAT is well above the 75% and that I shouldn't worry about my low GPA (<25%) because that will not affect their GPA median. I am admittedly lost when it comes to mathematical concepts and do not understand this reasoning. If someone could explain how a schools taking me with my low GPA would not affect their median I would appreciate it.

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superserial
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Re: Low GPA not affecting Median?

Postby superserial » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:35 pm

because they'll counteract it with someone whose GPA is above median, and the median will remain unchanged.

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Re: Low GPA not affecting Median?

Postby Foosters Galore » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:36 pm

Gotcha. Thanks

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Re: Low GPA not affecting Median?

Postby BenJ » Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:51 pm

Once you go above the 75th or below the 25th, the degree to which you are above it or below it ceases to matter, from a mathematical perspective. It still matters from an admissions perspective, of course, it just doesn't change their numbers. Harvard won't even consider a 2.35 GPA when they have plenty of 3.65s to choose from, but the 2.35 and the 3.65 have the exact same impact on Harvard's 25th percentile.

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Re: Low GPA not affecting Median?

Postby englawyer » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:21 am

if you have a class that consists of:

100 180/2.0 people
100 120/4.0 people
1 180/4.0

the median stats are 180/4.0. This effect explains plenty of LSN behavior....cool right? 8)




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