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Grade deflation at Wake and graduate school admissions
Hoping for some reassurance from current/past Wake parents regarding DS's situation at Wake. He entered Wake not sure what he wanted to do after college. At the time we were not concerned, encouraged him to take some introductory courses to try and narrow his interests. Unfortunately, the courses proved to be pre-professional "weed-out" courses in which DS earned C's in spite of putting quite a bit of effort into the classwork. He has now declared a liberal arts major and is getting A's (Dean's list last semester--yay!!). However, his GPA is around 3.3 and even if he gets straight A's for the rest of college, he will graduate with at best a 3.4.
Again we were not concerned, but he was recently denied admission to his major's honors society in spite of having a major-specific GPA of 3.7, and now says his chances of admission to a decent grad school in his field are not good due to his overall GPA. His major advisor has apparently not provided any reassurance, although this may just be DS being anxious. Hard to tell as we are obviously not part of those meetings.
So, questions for the Wake parent community--any success stories with good jobs or admission to good grad schools even with a 3.4 GPA from Wake? Is Wake's reputation for grade deflation taken into consideration at all for grad school admissions? Or were we naive to believe DS could benefit from a Wake education in spite of not entering with a defined career goal, and assuming his future prospects would not be harmed by early academic stumbles? Fortunately, he will not graduate with educational debt as we are paying all college costs out of pocket...