playersball wrote:I think I understand your original question better poptart. From my understanding, you have to at least be AT the median or above it in order to be considered a valuable 'median' applicant because that is the only way you will actually help the school maintain/increase its median. Being even the slightest below the median does not hold the same value.

That makes sense, but wouldn't a GPA above the median be considered simply "a gpa above the median?" How much over do you have to be to no longer be considered at the median and be considered "an above-median applicant?"

Also (this may be a dumb question), don't GPA's fluctuate slightly from year to year by a couple of hundredths of a point?

For example, if you applied to Columbia for the class of 2018 with a 3.7 (so when you were applying, CLS's median was posted at 3.71 for class of 2017), you're technically below the median. But for your cycle (2018), the median dropped to a 3.7, wouldn't you be a median applicant then?