Average GPA has dropped by .07 since '03. It's not going to make or break your entire life. There aren't even any data to suggest that grade deflation has changed our job prospects at all. Do we like grade deflation in general? Not a chance. Do we complain about it all the time? A lot of people do - when we want to complain about something, grade deflation is an easy target. Is it a valid reason to pass up on Princeton? No way. The existence of grade deflation is no reason to think Princeton is not laid back. In fact, according to the very questionable Daily Beast, Princeton is less stressful than Vandy.