Percentile cut-offs at HLS

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:53 pm

I seriously think you guys are over-estimating the number of DS's required to land in the top 10-15 students, unless professors have diverged significantly from the curve of the past few years. Last year's Sears Prize winner not only had 7 DS's but is widely regarded as being on track to having one of the highest GPAs in HLS history. 6-8 DS's for top 5 students sounds absurd given that fact.

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I seriously think you guys are over-estimating the number of DS's required to land in the top 10-15 students, unless professors have diverged significantly from the curve of the past few years. Last year's Sears Prize winner not only had 7 DS's but is widely regarded as being on track to having one of the highest GPAs in HLS history. 6-8 DS's for top 5 students sounds absurd given that fact.

There may be a disconnect here, with some people talking about 1L year only, and with others (me, at least) talking about 1L and 2L years combined. There are people out there with 6 DS after 2L year that also have about 6Ps.

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:38 pm

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Haribo » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:00 am

Didn't Harvard just put this new system into place a few years ago? If A+'s only gave a 4.33 under the old system, while DS's give a 5.0 under the new, it'd be pretty easy to break the record.

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:07 am

Curious what people think 3P, 5H and 2DS equates to? Top 10% for sure, right?

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby GeePee » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:09 am

Anonymous User wrote:Curious what people think 3P, 5H and 2DS equates to? Top 10% for sure, right?

Just a bit inside top 10% seems right.

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:11 am

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:13 am

Curious why we keep talking in terms of numbers of DS, H, P, etc. Why not just use the GPA calculation that HLS uses for latin honors? Knowing there are people out there with 6 DS and 6 P after 2L year is somewhat helpful, but many of the DS could be in 2 credit seminars while the Ps could be in 3 or 4 credit classes. It would be more useful to just provide GPAs and class year. For instance, where do you think a 4.14 after 2L year would put someone?

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:44 pm

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:15 pm

What about something in the vicinity of 3.95 after 2L as a pure average of all graded classes and credits?

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:06 am

Bump?

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:27 am

Anonymous User wrote:Bump?


Congrats on Magna; it's almost guaranteed since 3L year is a joke.

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:59 pm

What do you think someone's class rank would be with the following grades after 1L:
5 Hs of which 2 are DS + 5 Ps ?

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby GeePee » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:04 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What do you think someone's class rank would be with the following grades after 1L:
5 Hs of which 2 are DS + 5 Ps ?

I venture that's the approximate equivalent of 7 H's, which would place you in the neighborhood of top 20%

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby shreddedbeeftacos » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:47 pm

"Latin honors at graduation will be based on the average of the three annual grade point averages (GPA). GPA will be calculated for each year of study and then averaged across the three years to determine Latin honors."

1L, 2L and 3L all count equally, regardless of credits, for latin honors purposes.

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Re: Percentile cut-offs at HLS

Postby shreddedbeeftacos » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What about something in the vicinity of 3.95 after 2L as a pure average of all graded classes and credits?


I meant to quote this above. If you're wondering for purposes of latin honors, you should calculate 1L and 2L GPAs separately, and then average the two.

Then, it's easy to figure out what you need to get 3L year to hit a certain GPA. Say you still have a 3.95 after equal weighting, and want at least a 3.9 overall, then you need a 3.8 or better 3L year.




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