Weighted vs. Unweighted GPA


Jan 12, 2020
I am a high school junior and I want to go to West Point, but I am concerned about my class rank and GPA. I attend a very rigorous New England boarding school, where 99% of students go on to attend a 4-year college and the average GPA (unweighted) is 87 for the entire school. My school both does not weight GPA for AP or Honors courses, and it does not weight for class rank. It also does not do a standard 4.0 scale; it gives you your average out of 100 at the end of each semester. My GPA is 88 for my 2.5 years combined and I have taken 3 AP classes and 8 honors. My unweighted GPA is not much to be desired when I use the online calculator at https://gpacalculator.net/high-school-gpa-calculator/ (just 3.4) but weighted it is 3.9. I know WP focuses on class rank a lot, but my rank just isn't that high because it is calculated unweighted; I doubt I am even top 35% of my class (rank isn't available until graduation). Do you think WP will take the rigor of my school into consideration when they see an undesirable class rank, and also will they take into account the classes I have taken when looking at my GPA? Also, my SAT is 1360 right now. I split 710 rw/650 math, though I plan on getting a tutor to get my math score up to at least a 690 for a 1400 super score. Thank you very much for the answers.
I believe Admissions does consider not only the overall school competitiveness but also the courses you took and the resulting grades made. Good start on the SAT. Keep working
Don’t sweat the GPA stuff. SAs base your academic achievement mainly on two things: a detailed review of your transcript plus your school profile. Their questions are: did you take the hardest classes your school has to offer and did you excel at them? Your SAT/ACT then helps round out your profile.