Grade Point Average (GPA) and Class Rank: Debunking the Myths

GPA and class rank matter to admissions officers less than you think they do.  Don't get me wrong — academic performance, measured by grades and relative to other students, weighs heavily in the evaluation process.  Because the ways in which high schools calculate GPA and class rank vary so widely, however, admissions officers generally take these … Continue reading Grade Point Average (GPA) and Class Rank: Debunking the Myths

Course Selection: Balancing Your Child’s Interests with Admissions Considerations

Deans of admission around the country can usually characterize in a phrase or two what they hope a transcript will reflect about a student.  Jim Sumner, when he served as the dean of admission and financial aid at Grinnell in the early 2000's, told me that he hoped to see "intellectual engagement."  Jane Brown, formerly … Continue reading Course Selection: Balancing Your Child’s Interests with Admissions Considerations