Workload/Grade deflation

<p>Is there a website where I can find the amount of work or how hard it is to get good grades in certain schools? I am looking at top 10 schools (Particularly interested in Princeton, Penn, Duke, maybe stanford) </p>

<p>Or maybe you can all just post what you know from experience..</p>

<p>I heard that almost all the top 10 schools have grade inflation, except for Princeton.</p>

<p>Thanks for the response. I "heard" something like that too. I also "heard" that cornell has grade deflation/a hard workload, can anyone verify this?</p>

<p>Yeah, I heard that about Cornell to. Basically, people say that Cornell is easy to get into ( at least compared to the other ivies), but hard to graduate/come out of so that's probably what they're referring to.</p>

<p>It might depend on your definition of "good". At many private colleges it takes only minimum effort to get a B or C range grade, but you will have to work hard for straight As from any of the top schools.</p>

<p>who cares, just do your work wherever you go. If you're more worried about where there's grade inflation/deflation than how good your study skills are, I would be concerned.</p>

<p>I spent the past year at Clemson. I didn't have any A's or B's handed to me on a platter.</p>

<p>I will work hard wherever I go, but I am most likely go into dentistry. Like med school, dental school weighs college GPA extremely high. It's like the most important thing EVAR.</p>

<p>Thus, a school with grade inflation is something I care about. I definitely do not want to attend a super GPA deflated university.</p>

<p>bumppppppp</p>

<p>do you think that everyone at "grade inflated" schools have 2.5 GPAs and nobody can ever get a 4.0? That's far from reality. You can succeed anywhere. </p>

<p>Personally, I'd enjoy taking on the challenge of getting A's at a school known for "grade inflation" but maybe that's just me.</p>

<p>grade inflation is a good thing - you're grade is inflated. I believe you meant grade deflated</p>

<p>Oh believe me I'm not the type to not work hard, otherwise I wouldn't stand a chance at any top 10 school. But seriously, it's only smart for me to choose an "easier" school, or at least a non-grade deflated school. I'm not a genius or anything so if I mess up, then I have no shot at my dream career (dentistry).</p>

<p>well what is the point of college?</p>

<p>A. The easiest way to be successful in your dream career?
B. Learning all you need to know to do the best that you can in your dream career?</p>

<p>I'm not saying that grade deflated schools are better than grade inflated schools but I'm talking about your attitude towards school. Is it to learn or is it to find the school with grade inflation so that you can get a high GPA and have a good chance at getting your dream job/graduate school? Does it matter which type of school you go to as long as you learn?</p>

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Does it matter which type of school you go to as long as you learn?

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<p>Some people care a lot because they worry about getting into med school or law school. Sad, but the way it is.</p>

<p>I think most people would prefer to learn AND get a good grade. :)</p>

<p>^And who says that this isn't possible at a school with grade deflation?</p>

<p>Grade deflation only helps students and employers. It weeds out students and gives the market more information on college grads--instead of clumping them all into the A to B range. Princeton has addressed this issue already: Princeton</a> University - Dean of the College - FAQ</p>

<p>Economic factors can't be controlled. But, as you can see, even in the tough 08-09 years, the students who graduated post-deflation ('05 and onwards) fared well in med, law, and job applications.</p>

<p>Not to disqualify your argument pierre0913 but I see that you attend Clemson University, which I don't believe would be as rigorous as top 10 schools, etc therefore not as difficult to obtain a 4.0 GPA. Obviously many colleges give outstanding educational opportunities, but to best prepare for the future it is necessary to ensure that you will obtain the best GPA possible to reduce future risk. And it also IS possible to find a college that you like and has grade inflation. Of course it is possible to succeed in a place with grade deflation, but it is not worth risking your future when anywhere else you go will have decent educational opportunities. to answer Ralec's question, apparently grade inflation is some sort of scary epidemic because standards are constantly being pushed too low. Princeton still has killer grade deflation (35% max get As.) Good article for grade inflation/deflation for the ivy's: Princeton</a> leads in grade deflation - USATODAY.com .</p>

<p>^All I'm saying is that it's ridiculous to pick a college because it has "grade inflation" and not choose a school because it has "grade deflation". It's not impossible to get an A at either schools and choosing your school based on how easy it is to get an A only speaks to your work ethic and attitude towards school.</p>

<p>Again, that's just my attitude towards my schoolwork and other people may think differently. Whether I'm at Clemson or at Princeton, I'm going to do whatever it takes to get the best grade possible and I could care less whether it's easier to do that or harder, it's gonna take work.</p>

<p>You're right, a GPA is important to future work but it's not impossible to get a 4.0 GPA at Wake Forest or Princeton. You don't have to risk your future if you are committed to putting in the work needed to get that 4.0. A study came out recently that showed Americans are studying less today than in years past. Maybe this is because we want the easy way out sometimes :) (cramming until the last minute, procrastination etc.... instead of putting consistent study time into classes).</p>

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. Princeton still has killer grade deflation (35% max get As.)

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<p>Grade deflation at Princeton hasn't affected students' ability to get jobs and med/law admissions. See my post #15 for the link.</p>

<p>thank you breaker for the article. it is very useful</p>

<p>"Deans at Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania say they are interested in Princeton's policy, though it may be too soon to tell if it works."</p>

<p>I hope they don't follow in princeton's lead... </p>

<p>So it appears that the majority of the Ivy League, with the exception of Princeton (confirmed) and cornell (not confirmed) have grade inflation.</p>

<p>35% is grade deflation now? Only if they actually give Cs would that be grade deflation.</p>