I wanted to hear some thoughts on this topic since there is always talk about the importance of class rank vs GPA and how class rank is rated very highly by the service academies. The below quote came from this article which was published in May 2017. https://penn.phmschools.org/main-news/logan-mcguire-continues-familys-naval-academy-tradition The quote states - "and in late March of this year, was recognized as one of Penn’s 19 valedictorians, an incredible feat when it is taken into account that the 112th-ranked student in the class has a perfect 4.0. His GPA is a jaw-dropping 4.4286" Since this is not the clearest sentence ever written, I am reading it as the student was the 19th Valedictorian in the schools history. (I never heard of 19 in one class, but I could be mistaken). However, the quote also states that the 112th ranked student had a perfect 4.0 GPA. The difference between the 1st and 112th ranked student was .4286. I will leave grade inflation alone since I know nothing about this school, but this is why I have issues with class rank being so important. It appears that the 112th ranked student is not a dummy, but if they applied to a service academy their WCS would clearly suffer during the admissions review. Therefore, to perspective candidates, don't let your class rank deter you. I am just trying to shed some perspective on the issue and see what others thoughts are on this topic.