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Do colleges look at a weighted or unweighted GPA?


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Answered 2014-05-15 15:53:12

Colleges look at both. Keep in mind, however, that an A is an A and a B is a B: just because you received an extra bonus for your B in Honors US History does not mean that you actually got an A in the class.

Selective colleges--and increasingly numbers of them--strip away the weights, because not every school or every district weights things in the same way. And what's important is how well you stack up against your peers.

So why do schools do the weighting? To determine "class rank," or how you stack up. One student may take very easy classes that are not really college preparatory in nature and get a 4.0, while the student down the hall is taking 5 Advanced Placement courses and getting a 3.8. Which is the better student?

Ranking gives the student taking the harder courses a bonus when calculating class rank--which college definitely want to look at as they consider you for admission.

But don't be fooled. You may have a 4.0 with all grades of B in your honors classes, and you will never look as good as the student who has grades of A in all of their honors classes.

So the answer to your question is BOTH. And what should you do in response? Get the best grades you can.

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