So, I'll get right down to it. I am not in the top ten percent of my class as of now. I have my junior year left for grades to boost my rank. Currently, I am in the top 20% of my class. Although, I do have hooks. I am Hispanic, I come from a small public school in New Jersey, and extra curricular wise I think I am good. So will my class rank ruin all of this?
I don't fully understand the significance of class rank either. My school includes GYM and electives towards class rank and they count the same as any other class. So, in this case, how would class rank even be relevant?
There are 2 ranks usually, weighted and unweighted, ones only ranked classes (AP, Honors, ect...) the other is the stupid classes. They usually look at the weighted (the one with the ranked classes) as its a better indicator of academic ability however your guidance counselor will send out the better one probably as the overall rank. It is absolutely relevant because if you're 15th in a class (assuming you go to an average school) that means there are 14 people in front of you who are academically more capable of that spot in a school.
So, essentially what you're saying is someone who is only top 25% is a no-go for Cornell?
I applied for the Hotel school and am only 25th percentile, but for example, our number 10 in the 2012 class got a 1610 on his SATs and didn't take a single AP or Honors class...I got a 1980 and will graduate with 6 APs; I'm pretty sure he's not more "academically capable" than me.
Truthfully, I do not think class rank is accurate. The only reason I am in the Top 20 is because so many kids in my school take regular classes and get 99s in them. Still no excuse I know, but still. Also pch340, did you get in or are you still waiting on a reply?
At my school they weight the classes on an 8.3 scale an 8.3 being an A+ in an Honors/AP class an 8 being an A ect... when you drop down a level to the one below honors an A+ is weighted as a B+ in honors to accommodate for course rigor.
At my school the top 60% of kids have an 90+ UNweighted. I go to a highly competitive school and grades are not inflated, in fact most classes are extremely deflated (I also went to a top 100 high school back in Cali during my fresh-soph years so I can compare). I don't think class rank should matter when you attend a school full of smart people.
@skittlescutie you're right it really doesn't matter a whole lot when you're looking at very good schools. A prime example of this is exeter which has like 30 kids going to ivies each year, I know the kids in the back of the pack aren't getting in but there are other application issues that would probably arise if they weren't excelling
@pch340 I really think that GPA is not as important as it used to be. My school ranks according to weighted GPA. I am barely making the top 32% of my class and I was just accepted into Cornell. Maybe it's just that the Hotel School looks for things other than your stats, but I'm sure you have a great chance. Good luck!
Hotel School is a lot more concerned about fit, as they should be because you don't necessarily need to be amazing at math to be really good at hotel management or anything along those lines. They mostly look at work experience and such.