remotelyfeasible wrote:UChicagoStudent wrote:Thanks for the info.

While I'm picking your brain, do you have any idea where to look to determine the approximate breakdown of around where I am ranked in the class. I still can't figure out how tight the numerical distribution of grades is.

I understand that a 177 (maybe 177.1 with LRW factored in) is the median. To the best of my knowledge, a 178+ the top 40%, 179.5+ is top 20%? Accordingly a 176 would be bottom 40%, and a ~174.5 is bottom 20%?

That seems a lot looser of a distribution than I originally anticipated, with only 40% of the class is within the 176-178 range.

Well, they changed the grading of LRW for c/o 2011 onwards, and I don't really know the curve for that, in terms of how many A's they give out.

I would estimate median is actually more like 177.2-177.5. The median for any given class is 177, but the mean will tend to be higher than that, with something like 45% of grade being above a 177 and 35% of grades being below a 177. Also, the fact LRW's mean is probably more like 179 would skew class GPA up about 0.2.

My guesses: (These are for after 1L only. All numbers will get larger when transfers are added, in 2L/3L seminar grades get mixed in.)

Bottom 20%: 175

Bottom 40%: 177

Top 40%: 178

Top 20%: 179.4

Top 10%: 180

Wow, that's interesting. Almost half of the grades are 178 or above? Where did this information come from?