As everyone knows, MIT academics are tough, and grade-deflation is pervasive. Having received offers of admissions from other top engineering schools (Georgia Tech, Stanford,Carnegie Mellon ...) I wondered how grade deflation differs at MIT compared to those schools. I'm specifically concerned with engineering/science/math classes.
Can you confirm/comment on my appraisals? I'm sure this thread is to interest to other admitted also, as well as me, so that's why I made a separate thread.
Case 1: MIT is known for grade deflation b/c every major has to go through grade-deflated GIR's, the same way Caltech is known for grade deflation. However, upper level classes for science/engineering are just as grade-deflated as peer-engineering school.
Case2: MIT is even more grade deflated than comparable engineering schools, like Stanford/georgia tech, both because of GIR requirements and the upper level classes that are more grade-deflated than comparable schools.
Case 3: MIT earns its grade-deflation reputation because students there tend to be more masochistic/intellectually motivated. They overload with hard classes, and also tend to major in engineering/science majors which tend to be more grade deflated. However, the grading policies for engineering/science classes are the same for peer engineering schools like Stanford.
Case 4: Although more grade deflated than comparable schools, MIT compensates with 1st yr pass/no record.
Which case describes better grade deflation at MIT?
Also, do you know the average GPA at MIT? And if we want to go to grad school at MIT for ChemE/or EE/Physics, is there an advantage to go to MIT undergrad (I heard both Harvard and MIT are known for incestuous enrollment of undergrads for graduate).