Yes, good grades are a given. However, there are a lot of people with good grades. I'd dare say that at least 60% of the college population of the united states had a highschool GPA of a 3.8 and higher.
However, in DHA's case, he's a URM with excellent EC's with good SAT's. Actually, DHA, what's your exact SAT score? It's kind of important...
Also, your rank is pretty bad. However, you should've had your counselor/teachers note the various extenuating cirumstances which you mentioned in your previous posts.
wow this is crazy, so many people have high GPAs. Now my school isn't uber-competitive or nationally recognized but I have a mere 3.63 and Im in the top 4% at my school. Before you cast it off as an inner city federal babysitting high school, I must say my SAT scores are quite competitive (800 club), I am in a very wealthy area of Ma., and our school gets a few Harvard acceptees each year. Saying that 60% of college students had a 3.8 or higher in HS is baffling to me. What kind of classes do these people take? I'm a hardworking student in all AP classes and I would be hardpressed to pull off these perfect 4.0s it seems like everyone and their grandmother has. Grades are just too subjective to be the "be-all-end-all".
Schools have many different ways of calculating GPAs these days, with weighing and unweighting, plus difficulty of classes also is a factor.
I'm of the opinion that merely giving a GPA number doesn't say much at all about one's performance at a particular school because it all has to be taken in context.
exactly. Context. Im Hispanic. I have a 1410 (680 math, 740 Verb) and 800, 680, 680 SAT IIs. Also 5,4,4,4,4,3,3,3 on my APs. I am currently taking 6 and 2 college classes. Therefore by mid-year, my rank will prob be top 10 percent.