frasier wrote:Any idea what the percentile is for A- average? I guess that's a 3.66
For the curve in a particular class: Grades of A+, A, and A- are 25-30% of the grades issued. (There's a link to the document listing the 1L curve on the right side of the Lawnet page where you check your grades.)
For the GPA curve/class rank: This is probably more than you were asking for, but here goes. There are two conceptual ways to extrapolate from the grade curve for a given class to the GPA/class rank curve: (1) assume that grades are perfectly dependent on each other, or in other words that a person's grade in one class exactly predicts their GPA (you get the same grade in every class); or (2) assume that grades are perfectly independent of each other, or in other words that a person's grade in one class has no statistical relation to their GPA (grade assignments from one class to another are statistically unrelated). If grades were perfectly dependent variables, then a 3.67 GPA would put you in the GPA curve exactly where an A- would put you in a class curve (25-30th percentile). If grades were perfectly independent variables, then three A-'s in three fall 1L classes would put you in the top (30%*30%*30%)=2.7th percentile.
Obviously, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Both of the estimations above are probably so far from the truth that they provide no useful estimate. (Though, presuming that there is no inverse correlation between grade in any class and GPA, the estimates above are upper and lower bounds on where a 3.67 could possibly
put you after three classes.)
Turning to information that's actually useful: The GPA cut-off for Stone honors is 3.41, and roughly 30% of the 1L class gets Stone. The cut-off for Kent honors (ignoring the whole "nothing lower than a B and more than half A's" thing) is 3.80, and roughly 3% of the 1L class gets Kent.
Bash-City wrote:old thread
linked above lists the percentiles that result from these two data points plus an assumption that the GPA distribution is normal, which is probably at least close to true. But keep in mind that while a GPA of 3.67 may put you in the top ~10% at the end of 1L year, it almost certainly doesn't put you that high right now with only three grades. The curve will spread out considerably after second semester, and a GPA above median is statistically more likely to go down than to stay the same or go up.