USAToday's Mary Beth Marklein wrote an article that is sure to spark some controversy:
Grades pointless? Some colleges don't care about GPAs
The subhead for the story is, "Admissions officers at the nation's top schools say they barely look at an applicant's GPA," which has a different spin than the headline. The most elite schools are indeed less formula-based than other schools and try to take into account accomplishments outside the classroom.
Even at the Ivies, though, the Academic Index
takes class rank into account, which in turn is determined by GPA.
If you look at admission scattergrams that plot GPA and SAT/ACT scores with admission results (such as those produced by Naviance), there's certainly a correlation between GPA and acceptance at just about every college and university. Correlation doesn't imply causation, of course - it could be the colleges have other ways of admitting smart applicants, and those applicants just have high GPAs too.
What do you think? Words of wisdom or dangerous advice?