zdayar wrote:avonbarksdale wrote:TheFactor wrote:UNC has a reputation for inflating grades, so saying that a 3.5 from UNC > 3.5 from UNC-W or another state school is pretty silly.
http://blogs.newsobserver.com/campusnot ... hapel-hill
That was from 2009 and since then, most professors have been purposely combating the inflation. The level of competition at UNC is not the same as UNCW. Nor is it the same at Harvard. Each must be considered in context. They really should consider class rank, rather than GPA, that way it would be easy to differentiate being top 20% from UNC, or 20% from Stanford or top 20% from App. Its the system of GPA evaluation that I have a problem with, UNC vs. UNCW was just an example, I've never attended class at UNCW
Adding on the GPA context discussion. I have an engineering degree from a really tough school and the highest GPA in my department when I graduated was 3.74. I was 3rd in my class w/ a 3.54. The number itself looks pretty mediocre on TLS, but I woked my butt off for 4 years for that number. It was just not possible to graduate with a 4.0 --- or even a 3.75.
I definitely agree that law schools should put more emphasis on class rank and difficulty of major. It's an unfortunate fact that the rankings rely so heavily on GPA as only a number. Seems pretty crazy that someone with a 4.0 in political science is head-and-shoulders above someone who did very well in an extremely difficult major.