Grade Inflation in Wealthier High Schools

A new study conducted by the College Board, the company behind the SAT, has found that the grade point averages of high school students have been on the rise throughout the nation over the last several years. In a study led by Michael Hurwitz (not to be confused with the … 

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Grades in Honors Courses

Students and parents often ask us if it is better, from the standpoint of highly selective colleges, to get an ‘A’ in a non-honors course or a ‘B’ in an honors course. We understand that honors courses can be challenging. And we understand that it is more difficult to get … 

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Grades After College Acceptances

Grades after college acceptances matter. What your grades are like before you’re admitted to the college you’ll be matriculating to should be what your grades are like after you’re admitted. If you’re an ‘A’ student before, you should be an ‘A’ student after, too. But we do recognize that you’re … 

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Grades and College Success

At risk of stating the obvious, when college admissions counselors are reading through the plethora of applications, one of the central things they are looking for is whether or not they think the applicant will succeed at their university. It may seem quite obvious but the answer to this question … 

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Senior Slide and its Impact on College Admissions

When reviewing our students’ senior course selections, we are often asked how senior year courses and grades are factored into college admissions decisions. The following are some typical questions that we receive: Q. Since admissions counselors will only see my transcript through my junior year, how will they know what … 

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Weighted vs. Unweighted GPA: Is There an Advantage?

With high schools across the country having different grading scales, one may wonder how colleges understand and interpret an applicant’s transcript. Some high schools have grading scales based on 100%, while others are based on 4.0, 5.0, and we’ve even seen 15.0. At some high schools, honors classes are given … 

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Most Competitive Class in History

For many seniors, the college admissions process was a long, frustrating, and at times, worrisome ordeal, but just because it’s over does not mean that you can forget about the remaining months ahead before you begin college in the fall. Finals are coming up very soon and your final grades … 

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