schooner wrote:This is a great thread. To the current GW students contributing their wisdom here, thank you so much.

Could one of you explain how the grade curving system works? For example, I understand that a 1L student's GPA is *ranked* relative to all other 1Ls, including the part-time students. But what is the group of students to which a particular class grade is *curved* - all the students just in the class, the student's whole section, or the entire 1L cohort?

I had asked the school about this, and the reply I got is that a 1L's class grade is curved relative to all students in the cohort. But that doesn't make sense for several reasons, and I wonder if he thought I was asking about rankings. Could someone explain?

I'm not sure what difference between a "cohort" and a "section" is ...

But anyway for 1Ls, grades are curved within each course you're taking. This is usually your entire 1L section. You have one small-section class in fall, with 30-40 people from your larger section - that class is curved based on just the small-section, I believe. I keep hearing conflicting information about how they curve LRW - the LRW program itself gets and releases all the grades and does something they call "normalizing" them across sections. This is either curving, or just making sure the students with especially high/low grading adjunct professors don't get a total windfall/raped. The program claims you're curved within your LRW section (12 students) according to the small seminar relaxed curve (for 2L/3L classes <32 students). Basically 4 people can get As instead of 3.

In short, your class is curved to whatever class you're in. The rankings GW gives are based solely on GPA (which is obviously uniform across sections - how much grades are worth in calculations is not affected by the curve).