kapital98 wrote:Also try to figure out how your GPA will transfer. A 3.5 at Hastings may = top 10% at some schools and 30% at others (just like our curve changes depending on the year.)
GPA is irrelevant, what matters is your approximate class rank. Schools above Hastings are either familiar with Hastings' grading curve or able to contact someone who is. Adcomms won't compare a 1L "3.5" to another "3.5", they'll compare you based on where that puts you in your class.
Your GPA also doesn't transfer, if that's what kapital was saying. You'll start clean without a GPA or credits at your new school, just a requirement to take two years of upper-level courses. Your GPA at the new school will be based entirely on the classes you take there. Nearly all schools do it this way, I have yet to hear of an exception.
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Are you sure about the GPA transferring regarding class rank? There seems to be multiple threads about people transferring and their class rank moving slightly up or down depending on where they go. People with a "B" curve seems especially hard hit when they transfer into a "B+" curve school. This is especially important for OCI because class rank is the critical factor.
If I'm wrong please tell me -- I really want to know. Also, I'm talking about schools that maintain a standard GPA scale. I'm excluding schools like Berkeley, Chicago, and Harvard because I don't know enough about their grading scale to begin with.
I wasn't implying GPA stays. I was relating it to class rank. After OCI grades become a lot less important and I don't really care about honorary titles (ex: Magna cum laude.)