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Is there really a difference between a 3.96 g.p.a and 4.0?

DannyNobelDannyNobel Posts: 608- Member
edited January 2011 in College Admissions
-This is in terms of applying to ivies.
-Those are 2 B's first semester of sophomore year.
-Class rank dropped from 1/800 to 2/800 or 3/800.
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Replies to: Is there really a difference between a 3.96 g.p.a and 4.0?

  • sherpasherpa Posts: 2,934Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, there is a difference. A 4.0 is perfect, 3.96 isn't. 1/800 is val, 2 or 3 isn't. The 4.0 is no guarantee you're in, the 3.96 is no guarantee you're out.

    But with your GPA and rank, I assume you're smart enough to know this already.
  • bbartybbarty Posts: 158Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah there's a difference, but seriously it's not going to make or break you. A 3.96 is a terrific GPA.
  • adchangadchang Posts: 398Registered User Member
    It would be considered perhaps "statistically insignificant", but its kind of like a 2400 vs a 2380 or 90. It won't matter much as it shows you're already really good, and there are myriad other factors to consider.
  • navie64navie64 Posts: 63Registered User Junior Member
    I doubt it. I heard that top schools generally draw a line for things like GPA, SAT, ACT, etc. and consider the applications that pass the line on the same level. (in other words, if they draw the line at 3.7, all applications with a 3.7 or higher will be judged on the same level based on other factors like SAT and ECs)
  • dottlerdottler Posts: 59Registered User Junior Member
    OP, that's a great GPA, definitely putting you in the top, especially considering the ridiculous size of your class (the average in the U.S. I believe is less than 140). Was was said before, it's statistically insignificant in your case. But then again it depends on whether you took a good AP course load, you didn't give us that information. If they were B's in APs, it would matter even less. See, the way I see it, admissions officers look at the transcript as the most important part of the app because it shows your true academic potential. The admissions officers would realize you excel and rank that part of you at the top. They then look into other things, and that's where the real competition begins...
  • DannyNobelDannyNobel Posts: 608- Member
    14 ap classes total
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