Will schools know my class rank if it's not listed?

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Will schools know my class rank if it's not listed?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:32 pm

I have a 3.69 and my school only gives out rankings for top third and top 15 percent. I might be closer to top 10, but I'm not sure. Will schools be able to tell that I'm closer to top 10 than top 15 just by seeing my gpa, or do I need to list an approximation somewhere? I'm worried that might get me into some trouble if it's perceived as lying on my resume or PS.

Also, is there a way for me to find out if I really am closer to top 10? My school won't tell me - and I'm pretty sure the cut-off for top 15 is 3.6, so I'm really just guessing.

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Re: Will schools know my class rank if it's not listed?

Postby lacrossebrother » Sun Jun 14, 2015 1:34 pm

Dude listing top 12% would make you look neurotic

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Re: Will schools know my class rank if it's not listed?

Postby BVest » Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:16 pm

Never list an approximation. Give only objective, verifiable numbers.

3.69 (top 15% at 3.5_).

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Re: Will schools know my class rank if it's not listed?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:46 am

Sorry, maybe I wasn't clear. I meant I think I'm within the top 10%, perhaps higher - but my school doesn't give out those rankings, and doesn't let us know the cut offs, so I have no way of knowing where in 1%-15% I am. And since they don't release the cut-offs, I unfortunately can't say top 15% at ___ since I don't know it.

Will the schools I'm applying to understand this, will they have knowledge of where my GPA really puts me? I don't want my lack of a specific percentage to hurt my chances when my resume doesn't flat out say top 10%.

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Re: Will schools know my class rank if it's not listed?

Postby BVest » Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:28 pm

Anonymous User wrote:And since they don't release the cut-offs, I unfortunately can't say top 15% at ___ since I don't know it.


Then how do you know you're top 15%? Do they just tell folks individually what bucket (1-15%, 16-33%) they fall in? In that case you're stuck at reporting.

Will the schools I'm applying to understand this, will they have knowledge of where my GPA really puts me? I don't want my lack of a specific percentage to hurt my chances when my resume doesn't flat out say top 10%.


Does your school have a written policy that they only rank at 15 and 33%? If so, include a copy of that.

Otherwise don't worry about it because there's nothing you can do other than report actual verifiable facts. Limited ranking information is not that unusual among schools. It will not be novel to the admissions committee.

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Re: Will schools know my class rank if it's not listed?

Postby felinafelina » Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:31 pm

BVest wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:And since they don't release the cut-offs, I unfortunately can't say top 15% at ___ since I don't know it.


Then how do you know you're top 15%? Do they just tell folks individually what bucket (1-15%, 16-33%) they fall in? In that case you're stuck at reporting.

Will the schools I'm applying to understand this, will they have knowledge of where my GPA really puts me? I don't want my lack of a specific percentage to hurt my chances when my resume doesn't flat out say top 10%.


Does your school have a written policy that they only rank at 15 and 33%? If so, include a copy of that.

Otherwise don't worry about it because there's nothing you can do other than report actual verifiable facts. Limited ranking information is not that unusual among schools. It will not be novel to the admissions committee.



Yup, they just tell you what bucket you're in, and there is a policy for only releasing those rankings. Thank you for the advice, I will include a copy.




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