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how would you define an "average" student?

precociousprecocious Posts: 1,107Registered User Senior Member
edited May 2006 in College Admissions
as in... courseload, unweighted and weighted GPA-wise, SATs and extracurrics?

not SO average that they'll end up at a community college, but someone that'd get into maybe one or two top 30 schools, mostly have their matches in the top 50-70 range, and safties being top 70s-100ish.
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Replies to: how would you define an "average" student?

  • raindrop1019raindrop1019 Posts: 959Registered User Member
    2000 + SAT
    2 or 3 honors or AP classes per year, but gets Bs in them
    top 15% of class rank
    member of NHS, Key Club, etc
    involved in a sport or debate, but not recruited athlete or prez of debate
  • suzesuze Posts: 4,479- Senior Member
    An average student has a 2.8 (really depends on the school) so use rank instead--they are in the top 50% at an average school , 1550 new and has been a of a few clubs or can be a great athlete. Average kids don't get into top 30 schools unless they are recruited athletes or development candidates. Precocious, you often write about school's having holistic approaches. I think after a full season here You will believe far less in that myth. Anyone who really wants to know where they will get in, lacking a real hook (athlete, legacy, development, prodigy, national recognition) needs to look at the school's 75 percentile. Or 60 percentile if they have fabulous recs, go to a very competitive school (averge SAT over 1250) orget very, very lucky.
  • Fsu-ufFsu-uf Posts: 936Registered User Member
    getting in to 2 top30 schools is not average, its above average maybe even higher.

    an average student gets into, tier2-3 schools such as- oregon,iowa,olemiss,fsu, etc.(usually state schools)

    gpa-2.9 uw, 3.5 w
    sat -1100-1250
    act-24-25
    extracurriculars- usually about 4
    comm. service- 50+hrs
    mostly honors classes.
    class rank top 50%
    no leadership positions
  • raindrop1019raindrop1019 Posts: 959Registered User Member
    I was not talking about an average student, but rather the average student who gets into one or two top thirty schools. I think this what the "OP" meant.
  • jakem333jakem333 Posts: 662Registered User Member
    i'll say:

    3.2 GPA UW/ 3.8 GPA W
    1750-1800 SATs
    maybe a couple EC's such as sports, a random club or two
    courseload: Mainly honors courses, with an AP in a subject they enjoy or excel at and perhaps standard level in a subject they have trouble with.
  • War ChantWar Chant Posts: 2,320Registered User Senior Member
    The average GPA at my school is 3.3-3.4 weighted, and 990 SAT without writing.
  • precociousprecocious Posts: 1,107Registered User Senior Member
    hmmm interesting how the answers are all so varied, haha
  • glucose101glucose101 Posts: 5,264Registered User Senior Member
    2000+

    that isn't that average
  • -Lurker--Lurker- Posts: 1,420Registered User Senior Member
    i'll say:

    3.2 GPA UW/ 3.8 GPA W

    that is not average either.
  • raindrop1019raindrop1019 Posts: 959Registered User Member
    2000 + is average for top 30 schools... and a match for top 50 schools.
  • glucose101glucose101 Posts: 5,264Registered User Senior Member
    oh...I thought they meant like Average in a America, not like the top 25
  • klf1120klf1120 Posts: 579Registered User Member
    an average student gets into, tier2-3 schools such as- oregon,iowa,olemiss,fsu, etc.(usually state schools)

    Many above average students also elect to go to a state school. There is nothing wrong with taking that direction. All the above average students at my school go to state schools. The top 1% of the graduating class is going to state schools, except our valedictorian.
  • bearsfolifebearsfolife Posts: 361Registered User Member
    Question wasn't worded the best



    Average student(meaning a student who does minimum work, minimum things)

    GPA: 2.7-3.0
    ACT: 21
    EC's: almost none

    Average student(in terms of averaging out all the top students, the middle students, and the acadmically poor students):

    GPA: 3.0-3.2
    ACT: 23
    EC's: some, maybe does a sport, maybe involved in some community service club, but not involved in a ton of things.
  • FandangoyaFandangoya Posts: 602Registered User Member
    Average and above average people can go to Community College. For most, it is extremely cheaper, and you can just transfer out anyway.
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