iamgeorgebush wrote:Clearly wrote:Many top 20s grade INFLATE, and many state schools are absurdly difficult...
This must be why, in the Boalt internal study of how hard it is to get A's at various undergraduate institutions, the hardest 17 are all highly-ranked private schools, and the first "state school" (i.e. a state-funded school that is not highly ranked [i.e. UC Berkeley, UVA, etc. wouldn't count]) is #53:
tl;dr - yes, it is easier to get higher grades at certain schools, and those schools tend to be lower-ranked "state schools." Granted, private schools are represented in that category as well, but none of them are top 20.
HOWEVER...how would you explain your transfer to law schools?
And how the hell can already you know with any certainty that you want to go to law school? If you transfer but end up deciding law school isn't for you (or can't manage to get a good LSAT score), then you've graduated from Penn State instead of Vassar or w/e and are in a worse place for jobs.
I'd be interested to see the methodology that B used for that ranking. I know one of the top LACs that somehow ranked as quite difficult in Boalt's analysis is notorious for severe grade inflation-the administration of the school even admits as much.
Also, this is 100% anecdotal, but I went to a large public university, and while I didn't have to work especially hard for some As, there were some classes (especially within my PoliSci major, believe it or not) in which I barely pulled off an A even with a ton of hard work. There were multiple classes in my major in which (out of 100-200+ people) only 1 or 2 people got As.
I also agree that you'd need to have a plausible explanation for your transfer-otherwise it's going to look like that you couldn't attain a higher GPA at a better school and transferred to one perceived as easier just to pad your GPA, which is true, but doesn't reflect well on you. There would need to be other, legitimate reasons to transfer-i.e. lower cost of attendance, closer to family, etc.
Plus, previous posters have made a very good point about job placement from a top LAC vs. mediocre state school. Even if you are 100% certain about LS, what if you decide to take a few years off (which will help your chances at admission, among many other reasons to do so)? You will lose the alumni network, prestige, and (generally) more helpful career office by transferring to an "easier" school, and will almost certainly have a tougher time finding a job.