GPA Differences Between Schools

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GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby jlx » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:52 am

Which applicant would adcoms prefer, solely based on GPAs?

Applicant #1: 3.3 GPA (Ivy League School), similar LSAT as #2

Applicant #2: 3.8 GPA (State University - not Berk, UCLA, Mich, UVA), with similar LSAT

Thx.

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Re: GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby 20130312 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:19 am

The higher GPA. If the GPAs were more similar, prestige of UG would be a tiebreaker among others (PS, LORs, softs).

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Re: GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby Bildungsroman » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:55 am

jlx wrote:Which applicant would adcoms prefer, solely based on GPAs?

Applicant #1: 3.3 GPA (Ivy League School), similar LSAT as #2

Applicant #2: 3.8 GPA (State University - not Berk, UCLA, Mich, UVA), with similar LSAT

Thx.

Applicant #2 by a mile.

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Re: GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby jlx » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:21 am

imo, pretty ridiculous...

i didn't have to try hard at all for a 3.8+ at my state school, but once i got into an ivy, had to work my butt off for a 3.3.

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Re: GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:28 am

jlx wrote:imo, pretty ridiculous...

i didn't have to try hard at all for a 3.8+ at my state school, but once i got into an ivy, had to work my butt off for a 3.3.


That's tough to analyze. The average graduating gpa at the ivy league is between 3.4-3.6. The average graduating gpa at the average state school it below 3.0. For that reason, people who attend ivy league schools are dramatically more likely to have higher gpas - it's why many of the tip top law schools are full of ivy leagues or the equivalent. It's not so much that they are smarter or anything like that; those schools significantly inflate grades.

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Re: GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby BeenDidThat » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:05 pm

jlx wrote:imo, pretty ridiculous...

i didn't have to try hard at all for a 3.8+ at my state school, but once i got into an ivy, had to work my butt off for a 3.3.


Yeah, they don't care what you think. It's called USNWR.

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Re: GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby Tom Joad » Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:20 pm

jlx wrote:imo, pretty ridiculous...

i didn't have to try hard at all for a 3.8+ at my state school, but once i got into an ivy, had to work my butt off for a 3.3.

(doesn't understand grade inflation)

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Re: GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby sinfiery » Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:52 pm

jlx wrote:Which applicant would adcoms prefer, solely based on GPAs?

Applicant #1: 3.3 3.7 GPA (Ivy League School), similar LSAT as #2

Applicant #2: 3.8 GPA (State University - not Berk, UCLA, Mich, UVA), with similar LSAT

Thx.

#2.


Also, when you submit your transcript to LSAC, you get a summary report of your schools statistics for those who are applying to LS.

TLS put some of these into a google doc file at some point.
Ivies/Respected state schools all had 3.5/6+s

My TTT avg was like a 3.2

Not saying Ivy students don't work harder on average (probably), but quit ya complaining.

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Re: GPA Differences Between Schools

Postby Big Dog » Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:02 pm

it's why many of the tip top law schools are full of ivy leagues or the equivalent.


Not really.

GPA is only ~half of the equation. The other ~half is test scores, and the Ivies and their equivalents corner the market on top test takers. There is a reason that H undergrads have the mean highest lsat score, with Y a close second. The top tier colleges screen out low test-taking students in their undergrad admissions process.




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