Monochromatic Oeuvre wrote:milkandcheerios wrote:a somewhat random question here, but does anyone know why Columbia and NYU have relatively low GPA medians (especially CLS) compared to their peer schools? And not only peer schools, but also with many schools that are much lower ranked.
Does this mean they're not trying to game their medians like Chicago? But even so, I assumed that given they quality of their applicant pool, they would naturally just have a higher GPA median.
I'm not complaining but i've always been curious as to why this is the case.
1. They're not gaming their GPA medians, whereas most of the schools below them are (UChi is too).
2. They're relatively splitter-friendly in the first place.
3. They're a good deal bigger than most schools below them.
CLS has historically been very strict about essentially requiring non-URMs to have a 170. They ding all sorts of those 3.95/168 types that UChi and MVP have been glad to gobble up.
This is all true, although Im sure some degree of median gaming exists nonetheless. Also, seems like CLS at least is more forgiving of a 3.6 at a peer undergrad than a 3.75 at another less renowned school. Not sure why or how this is, but it shows in the class.