Ranking The Rank

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May 3, 2012  
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Many colleges around the world are accepting academically improved students whether it’s because of their GPA, curriculum, or demonstrated interest. The question is “how would a student’s previous high school class rank effect what college they desire attending?”

Today, fewer colleges are giving the class rank much importance due to high schools varying with size of graduation; a schools policy of ranking their students might actually harm the graduating seniors.

Instead of using class rank, more high schools should indicate percentiles to give colleges an idea of where the students are in their graduating class.

For example, if you are in a fairly big graduating class with about 1000 other students and you are ranked 200, your average can still be 90+, and to the colleges (if they only looked at the students’ individual rank), it could make the student appear less distinguished. This is why more colleges have started asking for the highest average in the class, so they will have a better way to compare.

When a college bases a students’ curriculum on a rank, a student could end up being ineligible for admission for that school. Therefore, universities and colleges should take a look at the whole transcript rather than one aspect of it.

Something that is definitely considered more than the rank is the individual GPA, as well as the SAT/ACT scores. This gives the colleges a more specific outlook on a student. It also gives the professors enough information to know what that particular student is capable of.

Ranks are overly exaggerated, when they shouldn’t even matter. College depends on knowledge, which ranks have nothing to do with.

Striving to be the best accepted is much more important than how a school considers someone.

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