Whenever I look at Naviance, I see statistics like this:
Average Accepted GPA
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill: 4.64
University of California at Berkeley: 4.58
Case Western Reserve University: 4.74 (what?)
University of Chicago: 4.71
Rice University: 4.65
From what I've learned on my college searches and my College Confidential prowls, these GPAs (especially for like Case Western) are way higher for the most part than the average accepted applicant (even NC out of state). It worries me because even though by most means people consider my statistics to be in line for these schools (except Case and UChicago), I have heard time and time again that I am competing against my classmates.
My school doesn't rank, and even deciles I believe are only published after the end of senior year (or at least after college applications are do). As such, being valedictorian really has no meaning. I will have a GPA of 4.35 for Early Decision, and a GPA of about 4.44 for regular decision. I just am worried that, even though these are fine numbers elsewhere, my GPA in comparison to my peers will keep me out of the "top" schools.