Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

Grade Deflation

ChrissyMChrissyM Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
edited April 2006 in Wake Forest University
is that really true??!
why would there be a grade deflation?
when you are looking for a job, you might not get accepted because you didn't have A's since your university had a grade deflation.
that just doesn't seem fair.
Post edited by ChrissyM on

Replies to: Grade Deflation

  • mojojojo69mojojojo69 - Posts: 2,571 Senior Member
    well, that certainly makes it harder to go to grad school..im not so sure about the jobs though
  • ChrissyMChrissyM Registered User Posts: 32 Junior Member
    do the 'grade deflations' really make it harder to go to grad school?
    that would be horrible
  • mojojojo69mojojojo69 - Posts: 2,571 Senior Member
    if you think about it...harder to get an A= not so good gpa = not accepted to good grad schools, so its common sense, now im not a wake forest student, but its not that hard to think about it lol...
  • ginnyvereginnyvere Registered User Posts: 929 Member
    I've always been told that grad schools are aware of the grading situation here. I've always been hesitant to call it grade deflation, though. It's more that a lot of other schools have fairly extreme grade inflation. The grade you get here wont be lower than the same work would've gotten you at Wake 20 years ago, but it also (theoretically) wont be higher, which isn't the case at lots of other schools.

    Anyway, the advisors for the various post-undergraduate programs all say that graduate schools know that gpa's might be lower here than at other schools and they take that into account for admissions purposes.
  • bellaromabellaroma Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    I went to Wake Forest. I got plenty of A's but I worked hard for them. When I applied to graduate school (and I got into every school I applied to, including Yale), I had people at 2 different highly respected programs within NC tell me that they view a Wake GPA differently becasue they know how hard it is to get a 4.0. Summa Cum Laude is 3.8 here where is it 4.0 at many schools. It's not too much work, you just have to plan your schedule to do what you want and get your schoolwork done. It's so worth it though! I was so incredibly prepared in grad school and some of my colleagues from other state schools were not. Just my 2 cents.
  • mojojojo69mojojojo69 - Posts: 2,571 Senior Member
    i think its pure ballony that grad schools know wake's grade deflation...its not like wake is gonna call every school i apply and say "please excuse this applicants gpa, we got a grade deflation". Grad schools could really care less, its all about the GPA and if you dont step up, you wont get in, simple as that... so the grade deflation excuse wont help anyone get in.

    plus, when i checked collegedirt.com everyone says they study 16 hours + a week, wth? why would anyone study that much? a normal college student probably studies around 10 to 12 hours, perhaps even less since a lot of students like to party... UCLA, which is a higher ranking school, studies around 10 to 1; i dont know why wake overly does it. There is an obviously problem here, and I dont wanna be a zombie
  • wfugirlwfugirl Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    mojojojo69--I respectfully disagree. I too applied to graduate school after graduating from Wake, and I was accepted into every single one--including several top 10 schools. Wake does rank, and they will tell you that rank if you ask (and many graduate schools will ask for it). Furthermore, there is an addition to your transcript that the registrar sends that says "x% of students have a GPA above a 3.5, 3.3, etc.)...so Grad schools do know.

    And you will be exponentially more prepared for grad school after attending Wake.

    If you don't want to work, don't go to Wake. But realize if you do go, the return from that hard work will be tremendous.
  • willmingtonwavewillmingtonwave Registered User Posts: 3,344 Senior Member
    Lol so FOUR more hours makes a difference. I don't know how much stock I would put into a website like that. The tough work load is also connected to your major, so a Pre-Med major will obviously have a lot more work than a more humanities orientated major.
  • MOM06GRADMOM06GRAD Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    My husband works for one of the big 4 accounting firms. Companies do know Wake's rep. The head of his HR dept says they would hire any grad of Wake Forest, no matter what rank. It has that great of a rep. And in regard to how much does a college student study per week. My high school kids study 10 plus hours per week. Wake is not for everyone. It is a hard school. I think the kids that do go to Wake enjoy the the academic challenge. If you are looking for just a party school, Wake is not for you. The Work Hard, Play Hard saying applies here.
This discussion has been closed.