Huey Freeman wrote:Big Dog wrote:I suspect that the GPA mean reported to you by LSAC when you apply is the school's overall mean GPA,
Huh? How? Why?
LSAC only receives official transcripts of LS wannabes. I haven't read a lot of college transcripts but of those that I have seen, none have a college's overall mean/median/whatever GPA. Moreover, some/many colleges only calc their ranks by individual colleges, such as Arts & Sciences, Biz, Eng, Education, Nursing, etc. Such Unis do not total up the scores across their individual college disciplines. (Of course, those colleges with D1 athletics have to crunch their total numbers for reporting purposes to the NCAA, but those are closely-held state secrets. No way LSAC would get their hands on those reports.)
If that's the case, are STEM majors at even more of a disadvantage? An engineering GPA of 3.5-3.6 is pretty decent from a good engineering school, but if the LSAC score report received says that the average GPA for LS applicants is 3.7 from that particular school, then the student looks like a below average student (even though that student may be in the top quartile of engineering students).
Of course, I can hope that law schools understand this, but numbers are numbers are numbers.
One random data point for you from Cal:
Average GPA applying to law school is in the 3.40-3.59 range, according to LSAC. In one of my STEM majors, the average major GPA from 5 years ago was reportedly a 2.2; 3.3 got you honors eligibility. We had 2-3 graduate with honors this year, in a class of around 100. In my other STEM major, 3.5 got you honors eligibility; maybe 40 graduated with honors out of a class of several hundred.
Then there were the music majors, who self-reportedly had a department average of 3.9 - their department's view, according to several of them: "Our graduates aren't going to be getting jobs with just a music major anyways; let's not handicap them with a low GPA too..."