Graph of the Day for May 15, 2010

"If the [college] administration seeks to accurately rank the top tier of students, it must realize that a bloated aggregate GPA from excessively lenient grading can quickly lead to a situation where no amount of calculations and statistics can recover the desired information about the intrinsic quality of the students."

The winning mathematical modeling team from Harvey Mudd College in 1998, as reported by the
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

College Grade Point Averages

Source:  Stuart Rojstaczer & Christopher Healy, Grading In American Colleges and Universities.

Hoven's Index for May 15, 2010

Average GPAs (for most recent year available):

Stanford:  3.55

Yale:  3.51

Harvard:  3.45

Washington University:  3.41

Wellesley:  3.31

Princeton:  3.28

University of Illinois:  3.19

Texas A&M:  2.98

University of Alabama:  2.90


Bonus formula:  Average GPA = 2.8 + 0.001*(SAT-850) (add 0.1 if private school)

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