VasaVasori wrote:humbugger wrote:I think it should be pointed out to all the people harping about Ivy League grades being so tough to get should look at this report:
See the graph on pg. 2. You'll notice that public schools on average give out about a 3.0 and private schools on average give out above a 3.3. I'm not saying this means that any individual's gpa was easier to get than someone else's, but actual numbers should play some role in this debate.
PS I went to a public school, obviously.
These numbers are almost meaningless, IMO. What are the average incoming students at these schools like? I'd wager that the average private school student is a better one than the average public school student. I'd be curious to see a comparison of incoming SAT scores related to college GPA and public and private schools.
They are almost meaningless. Almost. But the thing that I wonder about is how well the gpa boost compensates for the higher ability of students in certain schools. I fully understand the "I was drunk" or the "I was working" or the "I wasn't that good at school" reasons for having a lower gpa. But the "you don't even know how hard my undergrad was" just sounds like crying to me. I'm sure there are some programs that are tough to get a great gpa out of (I could guess, but it's a pointless exercise), but really, was your undergrad so hard that you couldn't possibly do well with no other responsibilities?