Class Rank, GPA, and Grade Inflation/Deflation
High schools vary dramatically - in competitiveness, in harshness, in ranking systems. At one school, 5-10% of the graduating class may have a 4.0 UW, while at another, the val's "burdened" by a few B's, maybe a C, and a 3.8.
How do colleges take this dilemma into account? Hypothetically, with all other factors removed, who would be admitted: the 1/200 3.8er (with obvious grade deflation), or the 10/200 with a 4.0 (and, apparently, the opposite effect)?