<p>I know there has been a lot of discussion on campus about UNC's overall grade inflation but I am wondering if this trend at UNC is something that is known nationwide, specifically by grad-school admission committees. When considering candidates for admission, I know they adjust GPAs down and up based on whether the applicant's school is known to deflate/inflate grades and also based on the difficulty of the school. How do you think they would adjust a GPA from UNC? Thanks!</p>
<p>In the sciences, UNC is not particularly known for grade inflation.</p>
<p>The humanities are a slightly different story.</p>
<p>In any case, there's a very sensible move afoot to put the average grade in a course on the student's transcript.</p>
<p>(Predictably... slacker students are opposed. As it stands, noone needs know that they got a B+ in a humanities course where 60% got A or A-.)</p>
<p>So if that happens, I wouldn't worry too much.</p>
<p>Overall, UNC has not had more (or less) grade inflation than other national universities over the past few decades. I don't think UNC would be "known" for either grade inflation or deflation.</p>
<p>Like most major research universities, the hard sciences are generally graded on strict curves. As a result, there is little to no grade inflation in science and math classes and a solid A is not an easy task.</p>
<p>The chem department has grade deflation if anything, unlike the ivies there's no inflation in the other science departments that I'm aware of. I think the average chem major GPA is something around 2.6/2.7, math is the only major with a lower average GPA.</p>
<p>I'd have to say the humanities (and especially the business school) are a different story, though. The vast majority of people who make the Dean's list and have the highest GPA's are in the Business school, followed by the humanities.. Someone I know actually went through the list and looked at representation of majors and there were very very few chem/bio/math/physics people represented compared to the other majors.</p>
<p>^ This is true. It also depends a lot on the particular department: the English department is particularly known for giving high grades out like candy, for example.</p>
<p>What about the social sciences?</p>
<p>There is NO grade inflation in the sciences (where everyone needs it the most, ha!). Psychology definitely has the reputation of being an easy major - it is easy to get As in psych classes, if that is what you mean by a social science...</p>
<p>What about for business? public policy?</p>
<p>Business and public policy also have easy reputations... At least from what I've heard.</p>
<p>Does anyone know about Political Science/International Studies/Art majors? Essentially social science.</p>
<p>I'm not sure the latter two count as social sciences, especially the last.</p>
<p>InBloom, I think all three of those have easy reps...</p>
<p>Thanks for your answers. Just wondering -- is there a reliable source for this?</p>
In the sciences, UNC is not particularly known for grade inflation.
The humanities are a slightly different story.
I don't have time to go through all of the humanities, but I checked archaeology and classics, and their average GPAs are in line with the sciences (2.40-2.80). The humanities are probably a very mixed bag.</p>
the English department is particularly known for giving high grades out like candy, for example.
Psychology definitely has the reputation of being an easy major - it is easy to get As in psych classes
What about for business? public policy?
Public policy: 3.40-3.60</p>
Does anyone know about Political Science/International Studies/Art majors?
Political science: 2.90-3.00
International studies: 3.80-4.00
<p>All departments: 3.00-3.10</p>
<p>warblersrule86, is this the average grade given by the department or the average GPA of students in their major? I realize that the two are inherently related, but I'm sill curious.</p>
<p>warblersrule86: where are you getting your data? can you post a link to it here?
It's the average of all grades given in that department (e.g. English is for everyone who takes an English class, including people like psych and anthro majors).</p>