Does University of Washington care about the pluses and minuses

<p>Say you get a B+ in a class. Does UW view this as a B or B+?</p>

<p>I believe they view it as it is shown on your high school transcript, so if your school does B+'s and such, then that is how UW will view it.</p>

<p>What Raamzic said.</p>

<p>Also, they look at your overall GPA. How does your school do +/-? For example, some schools have this grading system: 100-90 = 4.0, 89-80 = 3.0, so on ... while others have 100-94 = 4.0, 93-90 = 3.8, 88 - 90 = 3.7, 87-84 = 3.5 ... etc.</p>

<p>Right now I'm looking at a 3.818 GPA Freshman Year, 3.934 Sophomore, and 3.75 junior, so about 3.834 unweighted on a 4.0 scale. I know, that GPA drop looks miraculously bad. However, my classes have gotten way harder this year.</p>

<p>You'll be fine. Don't worry about it. =) My GPA also dropped a bit junior year, but my classes were a lot more rigorous, tacked on more APs, honors, etc.. Besides, your junior year GPA is still strong as "in range"... it's not a 3.0 or anything.</p>

<p>Thanks! I was really ****ing worried that they would think it was a declining grade trend. Sorry, I've had to put up with the bs of junior year, and it's taken a huge mental toll on me.</p>

<p>Grade trend issues are pretty minor (if they are an issue at all :P) you're fine though. UW doesn't care about +/-'s. I've had A-'s and B+'s before and I put them all in my application as A's and B's. +/-'s don't change GPA anyway. Remember, a student with a 3.83 + Good amount of AP classes will have a better transcript compared to a student with a 4.0 + Little to no AP Classes</p>

<p>Out of question, when they say they worry about grade trend, is that like a drop from 4.0 to 3.6 to 3.1, or something like that?</p>

<p>I think grade trend is most emphasized by UW when upward sloping, because it shows you took school more seriously/did better over time and are doing well in the present which is the most relevant time really.</p>

<p>A "downward" trend, especially if small (let's say a spread less than .5 GPA, but the smaller the better) is not going to raise too many eyebrows, especially if there are obvious explanatory factors in your app, such as more rigorous classes, extracurriculars, a new job, a hardship, etc. So try not to sweat it too, too much. By the time you are at your college apps you've done everything you can, now you just have to put your best foot forward and keep chugging along for the last semester of senior year. Just don't completely drop the ball and you'll be good.</p>

<p>Also yooooo94: + and - does change GPA at many schools. For example a B+ is a 3.3, a B is 3.0 and a B- is 2.7. If any future applicants read this, I strongly suggest you include the grade as shown on your transcript when filling out the UW app. Not including this info is lying by omission and UW's going to see the transcript anyways so they could put two and two together if they wanted to. I don't know if there would be any consequences, but I wouldn't risk it.</p>

<p>since my increase in courseload was the obvious factor, would i need to write about it in the section, or would they get that from the schedule i put down for jr. year?</p>

<p>It is as you state it, "obvious". No, but seriously, I'm sure they would get it from your application if the courses and grades were listed when you tell them your unofficial transcript. If there is other information that isn't listed previously when you are applying, then you could state that in the additional section.</p>