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The Story of Your College Application: Transcripts

Your college application is a story about you, and your transcript is the most important part of that story. Learn what colleges look for on a transcript and consider the story you want your transcript to tell.

Evaluating Your High School Transcript

The New York Times published a piece written by the director of admission at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, offering insider tips about how admissions folks read high school transcripts.  The entire article is worth a read, but here are the tips. • Avoid being a “GPA protector.” Don’t play it […]

Class Rank, Weighted and Unweighted GPA, and the "Education Race"

It’s time to declare a moratorium on class ranking. One of my most popular post is on the difference between weighted and unweighted GPA, and the phenomenon of class rank.  I get scads of comment on that post, and on other similar ones. Today I received one from a distraught parents whose daughter was being […]

Comparing GPAs at High and Low Performing High Schools

A prospective client asked me a question this morning about comparing GPAs across high school.  He asked how college admissions officers compare a the GPA of a student at  very low performing high school with a very high performing high school. We didn’t get into a discussion about how one really measures high vs. low […]

Grades, Your GPA, Education, and Learning: How Do We Compare Apples to Apples?

Today a reader wrote in to ask a question about comparing grading system between two different geometry classes in California. You can read the question here. Picture this. Two geometry teachers in the same school.  Each uses a different grading scale.  In one class, you need an average of 90% to get an A, while […]