It has long been known that getting into Harvard is very difficult but graduating from Harvard — once admitted — is rather easy. Harvard grade inflation has been rampant for years. It has now been revealed that the median grade at Harvard is an ‘A-‘, with an ‘A’ being the most commonly given grade to Harvard students. Yes, you read this correctly. We told you that grade inflation is an issue at Harvard College! And the grade inflation is rampant across the three divisions of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences — Social Science, Arts and Humanities, and Science, as well as at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
According to an article on Harvard grade inflation in “The Crimson,” “The new information challenges the belief held by some that grade inflation is less prevalent in courses in the sciences than in the humanities. The mean grade for undergraduates, as well as the breakdown in each of the divisions and at SEAS, has not been made public.” The article goes on, “‘Isn’t it time to think about doing something?’ [Harvey] Mansfield asked University President Drew G. Faust at the meeting. ‘Many remedies exist. Others can be found. But perhaps above all what we need is a change of attitude.'”
Does it surprise you that an ‘A’ is the most common grade given to Harvard students? Did you think that it would be more difficult to graduate for Harvard than it seems? Why do you think that Harvard is such a big grade inflating offender? They’ve had this reputation for years so why hasn’t there been change? Let us know your thoughts on the mater by posting below! We look forward to hearing from you.