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What's more important? Weighted vs. Unweighted GPA

schoolismylifeschoolismylife Posts: 67. Junior Member
I've been looking over my school transcript for a while and the number of B's i've collected over the past few years makes me nervous. Do I even have a chance because unlike most people in my school who have selected their courses carefully to ensure a 4.0, I've been recklessly taking hard classes and I'm pretty sure I have had the most rigorous class load in my school.

Freshman:

H. English A/A
H. Social Science A/A
Geometry A/A
Spanish 2 A/A
Spanish 3 A/A
Conceptual Physics A/A

Sophomore:

Biology: B/A
Algebra II: A/A
Pre-Cal: A/A
H. English: A/A
H. World History: A/A
AP Spanish 4: A/A
Environment Science (Cal State Hayward): A

Junior:

College Calculus I(Community College): A
College Calculus II (CC): A
College Multivariable Caclulus (UC Berkeley): B (i know, i was like a point off from getting an A)
College Finite Mathematics (CC): A
AP Stats: A/A
AP U.S. History:A/A
AP English Language: B/B
AP Spanish 5: A/A
Physics: A/A
Honors Chemistry: A/B
College Computer Information Systems (CC): A

Senior (First Term Grades are out and 2nd Term is almost finished. note: my school is under block system):

AP Psychology: B/A
AP Gov't/ Econ
AP Literature: A/A
AP Biology: B/A
College Differential Equations (CC)
College Computer Science (CC)
Art 1-2

So basically i've taken a quite a few weighted classes, yet unfortunately earned many B's.

My Unweighted Sophomore/Junior GPA is around a 3.84 and my school ranking is most likely in the top decile.

My Weighted GPA is a 4.5.

So I was wondering how the MIT adcoms would like at my transcript. Is this acceptable?
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Replies to: What's more important? Weighted vs. Unweighted GPA

  • Spartan Pho3nixSpartan Pho3nix Posts: 996Registered User Member
    What matters is NOT how many APs you took, which would make your weighted GPA super super high. It's how many APs you took when MIT looks at how many your school offers. They just want to see that you took the hardest classes at your school. So, even if your weighted GPA isn't that good cause of a lack of APs, if you took the avaliable ones, that's good.
  • schoolismylifeschoolismylife Posts: 67. Junior Member
    well i basically took all of the AP classes at my school (excluding AP German, French, and Art) and went beyond by taking math courses in college (i want to major in math). however, my question was whether my weighted grade and my decision to take the most challenging courses would make up for my dismal unweighted grade and class ranking?
  • Spartan Pho3nixSpartan Pho3nix Posts: 996Registered User Member
    Your unweighted is a 3.85. Mine is a 3.75. You're good, really.

    You have all A's mixed with a few B's. It's pretty solid.
  • schoolismylifeschoolismylife Posts: 67. Junior Member
    i have another question. my school screws up my weighted GPA saying that it's only a 4.227 or whatever rather than a 4.5 because they don't weight college classes and they also include freshman year into the weighted grade. Will MIT take 4.27 as my weighted grade if they see it on my transcript or will they do it based on their own weighting system?
  • mangopeachiemangopeachie Posts: 99Registered User Junior Member
    I feel like it may be a bigger problem, from MIT's perspective, that "school is your life." :-P

    Honestly, don't stress over Bs. Do something more interesting. That's what gets you into good schools.
  • schoolismylifeschoolismylife Posts: 67. Junior Member
    mangopeachie i only have this as my screenname because i'm on CC, if it was a yahoo account name i don't think i would write that.
  • alwaysfaithfulalwaysfaithful Posts: 688Registered User Member
    do trimester grades still matter if my school has cumulative year grades for every class? Say, i have A-, A-, A for chem advanced in my sophomore year over three terms, and I had a A for the year, MIT only cares about the A, right?
  • mangopeachiemangopeachie Posts: 99Registered User Junior Member
    I was just kidding. :-P
  • sadoiansadoian Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
    Always faithful, I wouldn't be worrying too much about an A- on a progress report. They're mainly looking at the overall picture, and not scrutinizing over little details like that. If they did, it would take way too long to go through the 10,000+ applications they receive every year.

    For applicants, I was in your shoes a couple months ago. Just stay calm and don't worry about it. The worst thing you can do (already mentioned) is to show MIT that all you care about is school and you have no life outside of the classroom. Show some diverse interests, an out-of-school project, etc, and I'm sure the adcoms will 'forgive' your B.

    If grades were the sole factor in getting into college, I can pretty confidently say that a lot of people that are at the Ivy Leagues and other top colleges wouldn't be there, period. Grades only make up part of a large picture of each application.

    So worry not, and present yourself as a strong candidate in other areas, too! (By the way, having a few B's shouldn't be anything to stress over, top decile is great - congratulations! Think about it... you're doing better than at least 90% of your peers... that's an "A" in itself.)

    -Jared
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