Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by JohnUSAFA, Oct 22, 2010.
does USAFA re-figure all GPAs or do some GPAs stay at what is reported in the transcript?
some of them are either raised or lowered depending on what type of school you go to- how hard the education is/ honor schools and etc. should not change to much though. (pretty sure this is mostly correct, correct me if I am wrong).
I seem to recall somewhere that they are recalculated giving more weight to science and math grades.
My DS spoke to his advisor about it--the AFA does apply a weighting system based on the course, the level (AP, etc), and the school profile so they are comparing apples when evaluating candidates. I do not know specifically what, if anything, is emphasized in the weights.
so I should expect to see my displayed gpa change in some time?
My son's showed a 4.0 and we were very confused at the time since he definately didn't have a 4.0 in HS. Of course, back then we didn't know anything about the application proces or these online forums. He/we went into the whole thing quite blind.
Do all the SAs adjust GPA?
I would not necessarily expect a change. Our DS's for the AFA did not change, it did change for other schools he applied to, both up and down.
As others have stated a lot goes into the change...i.e. w for the AP, grade parameters (7 or 10 pt). Course rigor also goes into the equation.
Your GC will supply the AFA with the school profile.
Yeah, my daughter's went down from a 4.0 unweighted to a 3.86 Maybe because our school's profile: very competitive. If you don't have at least a 3.9 you are not ranked in the top 25% of the class.
Well, I think a more reasonable explanation in your daughter's case is extreme grade inflation, which makes sense when you say that 25% of the school has 3.9 and above GPA. USAFA simply compensated for the inflation by bringing it down to what it should be using their calculations.
My son's GPA was adjusted way down from 4.2 to 3.81! Also, his class rank was adjusted from 5 to 3. He attends a private, college prep school where grades are definitely not inflated. He has many AP classes on his transcript and kids from this school are accepted at some of the top schools nationwide. Any other ideas for the adjustment?
a 4.2 gpa would be a weighted gpa not an unweighted gpa since the highest you can have for an unweighted gpa is 4.0.
You have to look at the unweighted gpa to really see if they adjusted it.
My son had a weighted gpa of 4.78, but his unweighted was like 3.88. Been a while now so I don't recall exactly. They adjusted it up to 4.0 and the only reason I was given as the explanation was because of all the math and science. Of course, all the AP math and science ended up making his first year very tough when they bumped him to Calc III, Chem 222 and honors physics all at the same time. Then they threw in Arabic just to keep it interesting.
Didn't know they made adjustments to the weighted GPA - thanks for the info. Good luck to your son with that tough schedule!
oh that was his 4 dig schedule 3 years ago. it is much worse now.
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