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Average GPA

RiversiderRiversider Registered User Posts: 560 Member
What’s the average GPA for top 25 colleges? Is it easy to maintain 4.0?

Replies to: Average GPA

  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 36,708 Senior Member
    Um. It is not easy to maintain a 4.0 at any of the top 25. It does depend some on your major, too. It is generally harder to maintain a high GPA in STEM majors.
  • RiversiderRiversider Registered User Posts: 560 Member
  • RiversiderRiversider Registered User Posts: 560 Member
    *Bump
  • MWolfMWolf Registered User Posts: 967 Member
    Depends on the college. All T-20s have a certain amount of grade inflation. The average GPA of all Ivies are above 3.4. Princeton has the lowest at 3.49, while Brown has the highest at 3.71. Stanford has 3.66, Duke has 3.56, WashU has 3.52, as do Johns Hopkins and Northwestern. In short, all T-20s have grade inflation, as do the next 20 or 30 down the rankings. It is worse at private schools, BTW.

    So, while a 4.0 average may be difficult, a 3.5 average will not be all that difficult at a T-20 college.

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,074 Senior Member
    http://www.gradeinflation.com/ (see list of colleges at the bottom of this page)
  • RiversiderRiversider Registered User Posts: 560 Member
    edited May 14
    Exactly^. Input=Output. UPenn freshmen come with much higher GPA than Penn State freshmen so no wonder they leave with a higher GPA.

    However, top schools do admit hooked applicants with lesser academic ability so likely there is some individual inflation so they can have similar results as rest of the school and holistic policy doesn’t get questioned. Some probably are late bloomers and thrive at right college.
  • SchadretSchadret Registered User Posts: 142 Junior Member
    I know two 1500+ SAT, straight-A HS kids working their tails off to stay around a 3.4-3.5 at Princeton.
  • RiversiderRiversider Registered User Posts: 560 Member
    edited May 14
    Let’s not forget that high school GPA is high school specific, school X’s top A+ student may not even make straight Bs at a challenging school Y.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,074 Senior Member
    Riversider wrote:
    However, top schools do admit hooked applicants with lesser academic ability so likely there is some individual inflation so they can have similar results as rest of the school and holistic policy doesn’t get questioned. Some probably are late bloomers and thrive at right college.

    The hooked admits are probably mostly "ordinary excellent" high school students, but without or with less of the high school superstar credentials that unhooked admits typically need to get into those schools. I.e. they should be able to do well in college, even if they may not be as strong students as their peers at super-selective colleges.
  • RichInPittRichInPitt Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    The average GPA for students at four-year colleges in the US is around 3.15. Top 25 schools is closer to 3.4-3.5.

    Apparently linking to the actual data offended someone at CC - it’s easy to Google.
  • RichInPittRichInPitt Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    “UPenn freshmen come with much higher GPA than Penn State freshmen so no wonder they leave with a higher GPA”

    I don’t understand this one. Why would a HS GPA determine a college GPA? There’s not a global absolute scale like standardized testing.

    Cornell average GPA is 3.36. Hope College is 3.39. I doubt the latter’s students had higher HS GPAs
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