Average GPA

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  1. USAFA-BOUND2015

    USAFA-BOUND2015 Member

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    I have a UW GPA of 3.68. Is that good to get in I know it should be better. WHat is the average UW of people getting admitted?
     
  2. Drew_22

    Drew_22 USAFA Cadet

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    From what I read it is about a 3.85 or something around there. But GPA isn't everything, they look off the dificulty of your schedule and things like that. They also look at your ACT or SAT scores. So GPA is just a little part of it.
     
  3. bsa07eagle

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    That is a bit below the average, but not bad, especially if you have lots of hard classes (AP, etc.). It shouldn't hurt you to much if the rest of your package looks good.

    Later,

    Brian
     
  4. soccerdude407

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    I wouldn't sweat it. The AFA will look at your high school profile and your transcript and refigure your gpa. They refigured my gpa from a 3.6 to a 3.93.
     
  5. Pima

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    soccerdude is correct, they will reconfigure it, some will go up higher, some will stay the same, and some will be lowered. The decision is based upon school profile.

    Also, remember a large part is also about your competition on your slate. You might have a 3.68, but let's say you have a 2350 SAT and great EC's. That will make the gpa less important. This is why people ask how competitive certain areas are, with the premise that the packages are going to be very very strong.
     
  6. sarah

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    What do they consider strong ec's? Is it only sports (son is a captain, so we know that helps) or does drama, etc. also looked at. He is very involved and likes to stay busy (think that's a bit of the draw towards an academy). I assume that stuff is a big plus.

    And I heard that the AFA takes math/science grades into account more heavily than the other subjects? Do you know if that's true? How do they recalculate?
     
  7. Pima

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    No one on this forum sits on the board, thus, we cannot give a true answer to weighting of grades.

    What I would say is the old joke about the AFA should tell you something...it is also known as the little engineering school in the Rockies

    I am not saying that they weight math and science heavier than Eng or history. What I am saying is if your child is weak in those fields, or even strong, but hates them, they should look on the AFA website of req courses. They are filled with math and science for all 4 yrs.

    The "stuff" issue is a big draw because they want a well rounded student who has time mgmt under their belt. Being book smart is one thing, being able to carry a high gpa with all APs, team captain, and Eagle Scout is totally different.
     
  8. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    It doesn't matter...


    Those are previous grades that you can't change now. What you can do is do your best this next sememster and work hard in every area.

    They use the whole-candidate concept, which means they weight everything. We're not on the boards, so we don't know. There's also a different pool of candidates each year, so a person that got in this year may not have gotten in the year before that.

    Big thing is: work hard in what you can now, and enjoy your senior year.
     
  9. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    I think based on his screenname that he still has his junior year to enjoy first! :wink:
     
  10. Drew_22

    Drew_22 USAFA Cadet

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    Under what circumstances do they lower you GPA? If you take a cooking class or something? Or no math or science class?
     
  11. CadCandMateus

    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    lol, i think you just answered the question yourself. Why else would they lower it.
     
  12. Christcorp

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    Potentially a school that offers AP and IB classes, but you didn't take any. You took all standard math, science, etc... and received a 4.0. No two schools are the same. Trying to say your gpa WILL or SHOULD go up is fruitless. I have seen first hand where students had ALL AP classes or were in the IB program; ranked #1-#5 in their class, had an unweighted 4.0 gpa. And it didn't change one bit. It was still a 4.0. And I've seen some who had a 3.8 with the same type of classes and get bumped up. And some with weighted gpa's ABOVE a 4.0 get reduced. You have to realize, that the gpa itself is not a score in and of itself. If you combine the gpa, class rank, SAT, ACT, class difficulty, etc... you end up with a formulated score. I believe the max is right around 805 or somewhere in that range. Been a couple of years since I looked into it. Now, if an applicant can achieve that 805 with a 4.0gpa unweighted, then raised at all can't help in any way. But this is an area that you can't control or even question.

    But what you can do, is ensure that your counselor has all the correct info about your grades, SAT/ACT, ranking, etc... Ensure that they have an accurate class and school profile. And if for some reason your GPA went down on your application, simply ask the counselor if it was because you had a weighted gpa and they were bringing it back down, or what the reason might be. Obviously, if your gpa is recalculated and they make it higher, you might still be curious as to why it went up; but obviously questioning that would be very silly. good luck. Mike......
     
  13. packermatt7

    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    Dang... 2015. That just sounds weird...


    No matter... If you are a junior, you have more time to get your grades up and keep them that way

    :thumb:
     
  14. HNeedle

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    i'll be a firstie when 2015 gets here...... wow
     
  15. CadCandMateus

    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    Yep you and me both brother.

    Don't bring it weak 2015
     

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