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A few decades ago I served as a Director of Admissions of a small university in Ohio. It was my job to recruit and review a student’s high school performance to make sure he or she was college material. We used a combination of criteria with one of them high on the list, a grade point average or GPA. Recent news reports now state a large number of colleges and universities are not very interested in the GPA of a potential student. It still is high on the list when it comes to finding out who is going to be the high school valedictorian during the commencement season but challenging high school classes are where the admission counselors are placing their judgment. GPA’s at some schools are redefined based on academic areas of English, math, social science, natural science, and foreign language. Many universities place the GPA as important only on college prep courses. The Princeton Review, long considered by many, as a guide for best value, now has nearly one-third of their schools not reporting their high school GPA averages. Admissions officers at some of the most prestigious institutions say they barely look at an applicant’s GPA. The University of Virginia ranked at the top of the list of the public universities in this year’s Princeton Review and the dean of admissions said, “It’s meaningless.” Add that to the admissions dean at Swarthmore College, the top private college listed. He said, “it’s artificial.” As Bob Dylan sang years ago, The times they are a changin.”GPA & College Admissions


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