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Grade deflation?

rose303rose303 Posts: 71Registered User Junior Member
edited May 2009 in Fordham University
FordhamLC seems absolutely amazing, but i keep getting worried when i hear about Fordham's grade deflation. I hear kids saying that they don't know anyone with over a 3.7, and I'm afraid that would hurt for grad schools. Obviously, I know you have to work hard to get a good gpa, but I'm just hoping that hard work would pay off, you know? I heard someone else say they were a national merit finalist and barely got any A's.

Anyone have any experience with lincoln center in this regard for undergrad? How do grad schools look at a gpa from Fordham?

Thanks for the help everyone! :)
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Replies to: Grade deflation?

  • rainoffire87rainoffire87 Posts: 110Registered User Junior Member
    While Fordham technically does have a grading policy-- "classes are curved to a C+," I think it is mostly all hype. I know of 3 people in this year's graduating class that got a 4.0. Yes, it's only 3 people but 4.0's do occasionally happen. Also, someone with a 3.92 was ranked 20th in the class, I believe-- a fairly low ranking for such a high GPA. A 3.5 gpa will generally get you a ranking of 200-250 out of 800 people, though it depends on the year. A 3.2-3.3 puts you generally in the top half of the class.

    So, in short, I wouldn't say there's rampant grade deflation.
  • MamaBOMamaBO Posts: 48Registered User Junior Member
    For whatever it's worth, a friend's son got a 3.8 GPA in his freshman year and is moving to NYU Tisch this fall. He's an international student.
  • BP-TheGuy88BP-TheGuy88 Posts: 1,437Registered User Senior Member
    don't listen to that poster that didn't get any As. Getting an A at Fordham is definitely possible. I've had friends get As. I have one friend who graduated with a ~3.9 gpa. It takes hard work, but it is not impossible to get a good GPA at Fordham.
  • kc^kc^ Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    What professor you get certainly does matter but I wouldn't say there's grade deflation on the whole..maybe I'm in the minority but most of my friends have at least 3.7's doing very little work hehe. I know a handful with 4.0's as well or close.
  • rose303rose303 Posts: 71Registered User Junior Member
    thanks for the replies everyone!
    kc^, do you go to lc or rose hill? :)
  • kc^kc^ Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    Rose Hill, no problem :)
  • starburyknicks2004-2005starburyknicks2004-2005 Posts: 440Registered User Member
    Yes it is true that Fordham wants its professors to curve around a C+, but a lot of teachers do not follow that, as it is absurd. I would say the average grade is a B (3.0), at least that was the average grade for College of Business Administration for the graduating class of 2008. Occasionally, though, you might get a professor that will not want to give a lot of A's out, but again like other people said, it all depends on your professor. It also depends on your major and the level of classes you are taking. If it a general elective or an intro class, it may be easier to get an A. Upper level classes definitely get harder and there are some professors in the Econ/math/science departments that are a little bit more stringent with the grading.

    Personally, I have had a handful of professors in both extremes (professors that adamantly wanted to maintain a good distribution of grades and professors that liberally gave out A's and B's). In a nutshell, for many of the classes, your grade will be how you performed on the exam. A professor will rarely curve down but in many cases, will not curve up either, unless everyone performed poorly. So there is not grade inflation (as is the case in many top universities in NY - will not take any names) nor grade deflation. If you work hard, 3.5+ is certainly achievable.
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