Many high schools choose not to rank their students. Maybe they do this because they don’t want their students getting competitive with each other (like they’re not already!). Maybe they do this because they want all of their top students getting into top schools and they don’t want to feel as though they’re hurting one student by ranking him or her lower than another. Because where students get into college, after all, reflects on the high school. Over the years, we’ve been asked many times at Ivy Coach if a high school doesn’t rank its students, will colleges not know where a student falls in the graduating high school class?
The short answer is that they will know where they stand. Many high schools that choose not to rank its students nonetheless have what is termed a GPA distribution. Very few students (and parents) know that high schools have these GPA distributions but these distributions do indeed offer insight to college admissions officers at highly selective schools where students fall in the class. If you’re wondering how universities to which students apply see this GPA distribution, that’s simple. It’s a part of the school profile, which is submitted along with a student’s transcript. So why not ask your high school guidance office if you can check out your class’ GPA distibution? You’re absolutely entitled to see it since it’s a part of the school profile. Know where you stand. Know how colleges are viewing your application. It’ll allow you to have a more objective sense of just where you stand in the highly selective college admissions process.
Maybe you thought you were at the top of your class but it turns out you’re not exactly near the very top. Maybe you thought you were near the bottom but it turns out you’re very average. Why not get a better sense by checking out your school profile? We highly recommend you do. And, while you’re here, have a question with respect to high school class rank? Let us know your questions on high school rank and college admission by posting below. We look forward to hearing from you.