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College Counselor Sick of Reading about Golden Kids Getting into Harvard

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  • jym626jym626 54938 replies2852 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 57,790 Senior Member
    @OldFashioned1
    re: #375- Its important to think much broader than that. There are many reasons a student can have a weak GPA -- many, many reasons:
    They might be an engineering major, or even double major, or major and minor and have a very rigorous class schedule; they might have had family or health problems that affected their performance, maybe even had to take time off from school (but their GPA is their GPA unless they withdrew from their classes), maybe they tried to take too many difficult classes in a semester and got a few weak grades that significantly pulled down their GPA (some classes are more hours and may affect the GPA more than others).

    There are many very good, very academically challenging colleges. Some of the elites may engage in grade inflation (a few were accused of that) whereas less "elite" schools were very tough graders.

    Maybe a student attended CC for the first 2 years while holding down 2 jobs and caring for an ill parent-- and that affected their grades (and probably what 4 year school they were able to transfer into). There are MANY reasons a bright student may have mediocre grades at a "non elite" school yet pull out a great MCAT score.
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  • OHMomof2OHMomof2 12464 replies231 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,695 Senior Member
    Some of the elites may engage in grade inflation (a few were accused of that) whereas less "elite" schools were very tough graders.

    ...which would go against the advice often given for a pre-med to choose a less challenging school to maximize GPA. Though to be fair that advice is often because that school costs less as well.
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