Do schools care about lack of grade inflation/ academic addendums?

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elransfo
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Do schools care about lack of grade inflation/ academic addendums?

Postby elransfo » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:27 am

I went to a liberal arts school that is very highly regarded, but does not have grade inflation. 11 people in the 100+ year history of the school have gotten a 4.0, and the average GPA is a 3.1. I got a 3.5. This puts me way below the bottom 25% for every school I'm applying to (NYU, Columbia, Fordham). Obviously I'll include an explanation of my gpa in the app, but I guess my question is: without an insanely high LSAT score (I'm anticipating 170/169) will I just be automatically knocked out of the running because of my GPA? Is there anything I can do, besides write the addendum? Should I just be accepting that it's more likely to be Fordham than NYU?

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Re: Do schools care about lack of grade inflation/ academic addendums?

Postby sparkytrainer » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:29 am

You aren't going to be accepted anywhere without an lsat score. Come back when you have one. As far as your question, schools won't care. At most t13s, schools care more about the number than where you got that number. A 4.0 from Georgia state is better for them than your GPA. That is how the world works, sorry.

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Re: Do schools care about lack of grade inflation/ academic addendums?

Postby icechicken » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:25 pm

Sparky is right that, for better or worse, law schools don't care much about your uGPA beyond the raw number. Don't write an addendum about this; the person reading your application already will have access to your school's GPA statistics.

That said, you won't be automatically out of the running with a 3.5. Columbia and NYU routinely admit people with GPAs like that as long as they do well enough on the LSAT. This is a big part of the reason the LSAT is so important in law-school admissions - it works as a universal yardstick.

If you want to go to NYU or Columbia, get your score up to 173 or better. Even with just a 169 you're basically an auto-admit at Fordham, probably with a decent scholarship to boot.

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Re: Do schools care about lack of grade inflation/ academic addendums?

Postby elransfo » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:58 am

Would applying ED significantly help my chances? NYU claims it doesn't, but most people seem to think it does since the school doesn't have to offer you any scholarship money.

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Re: Do schools care about lack of grade inflation/ academic addendums?

Postby sparkytrainer » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:11 pm

elransfo wrote:Would applying ED significantly help my chances? NYU claims it doesn't, but most people seem to think it does since the school doesn't have to offer you any scholarship money.


Probably not. There was a study done and I dont have the link, but essentially ED doesn't increase your chances of anything but paying full tuition, which I would suggest you not do. Thats 300k and a really dumb idea.

But again, this doesn't matter because you don't have an lsat. A 169 3.5 isn't going to get you into NYU (if you even get what you were practicing, which is on the rare side).

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Re: Do schools care about lack of grade inflation/ academic addendums?

Postby elransfo » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:48 pm

Oh, I was practicing in the 170's with a high of 176. I'm just not expecting that. But thanks for the response, that's definitely helpful to know! I'll put the ED idea on the back burner.




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