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GT's average GPA?

rapidwinnerrapidwinner Posts: 80Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2009 in Georgia Institute of Technology
I heard lot of rumors that the GPA for students at Gatech is really low (and it is impossible to achieve a 4.0) and that most prof. take everything really seriously. I also hear that most gatech students get almost perfect GRE score but they can't get into Grad schools because they can't make the cut-off for most schools. I am presently an entering freshman into Gatech's AE program. Is a good GPA (btw 3.5 - 4.0) really that hard to achieve (extent to which one has to sacrifice their social life)? Does Gatech rank? I also wanted to the average GPA of gatech's ENG program and gatech's AE program. Can a gatech AE student get into MIT?
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  • gthopefulgthopeful Posts: 1,828Registered User Senior Member
    I hear GT's AE is especially brutal, but I assume it's the same as for ECE where I had a bunch of friends get accepted to MIT for grad school.
  • maeamaea Posts: 726Registered User Member
    impossible to get a 4.0: false.
    impossible to achieve a "good" GPA: even more false.
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell Posts: 2,294User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Doing well at GT is hard, but not impossible. To have a high GPA (3.55+) you have to be in the top 1% of students. And remember, the worst student at Tech was probably top 10% at his high school.

    Do you have to sacrifice your social life? That depends on you. You'll need to study about 10-20 more at Tech than in high school. So, if you were an average-intelligence student in high school that succeeded by studying 5 hours a night, I wouldn't plan on having a social life.

    GT does not rank, and it is very possible to get into MIT PhD from GT undergrad - it happens all the time.
  • jim1980jim1980 Posts: 254Registered User Junior Member
    I don't know about average GPA for AE, but Average GPA for Ga Tech is around 3.0 (up from 2.7 in the early 90's). So get a high GPA at Tech is possible.
  • fabriziofabrizio Posts: 5,566Registered User Senior Member
    According to Grade Inflation, in Fall 2008, the average grade awarded was 3.07.

    I'm interested in knowing how many students in a given year graduate with honors. I'm under the impression that most students do not graduate with at least 3.15 or else cum laude must really not mean anything.

    I've come to the conclusion that my friends are atypical Tech students as several of them seldom study and have cumulative GPAs >= 3.55 (summa cum laude if they keep it).
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell Posts: 2,294User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Tech doesn't award Latin honors, only English honors. It seems like a trivial point to most students, but at other universities, Latin honors and English honors mean different things (one is GPA awarded, one is awarded by faculty recommendation and a thesis).

    I'm interested to see how that 3.07 is calculated. That link uses three sources at different times, and each time they switch from source to source, the grades change significantly. Are some sources including graduate GPAs?
  • fabriziofabrizio Posts: 5,566Registered User Senior Member
    Thanks for the correction. I had no idea there was a difference.
  • runningncircles1runningncircles1 Posts: 1,856Registered User Senior Member
    A lot of professors have been pressured to increase grades. One Example:

    A few years ago, a physics class had a 60% pass rate (40% got Fs, no joke), and a good number of students got Cs, not As and Bs. The administration put the physics department on notice as well as the prof. They were pressured to reform the exams, go to teaching seminars, and to follow a stricter curve(they still say they don't curve, but anyone who goes through Physics now knows that's bull).

    Tech is trying to remove the stigma of having no social life and working until you lose your mind to: a)attract more students; b)attract more female students who are usually turned off by science; c)raise diversity; d)send more students to top ranked engineering grad schools (itself included) to raise rankings; e)get more students to keep HOPE so they can continue that money gravy train.

    They still have tough standards, as now they're trying to get profs to revamp standards to give out less As. You will feel that you have to work, maybe panic a little come test time (as any major should), but you won't be overworked as years passed.
    I'm interested to see how that 3.07 is calculated. That link uses three sources at different times, and each time they switch from source to source, the grades change significantly. Are some sources including graduate GPAs?

    I think someone may have effed up their calculations on GI. It seems they took the number for all schools (graduates, too). Graduates tend to have higher grades because of specialization, higher intelligence, and the fact that grades "aren't as important" as the actual work/research they do. Last time I checked, it was ~2.9 and stable for undergrads.
  • G.P.BurdellG.P.Burdell Posts: 2,294User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Graduates tend to have higher grades because of specialization, higher intelligence, and the fact that grades "aren't as important" as the actual work/research they do.

    Well that and the fact that a C is failing in graduate school, and a D will get you removed from most programs.
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