Preparing for College

Unweighted Ranks and Academic Index

Question: My daughter has a 3.91 unweighted GPA and is a full IB diploma candidate. She also took advanced/honors classes in her freshman & sophomore years. There are only 6 IB diploma candidates in her graduating class of over 300. Her class rank (top 5%) would probably be higher if the school used weighted GPAs to calculate them. Will colleges make some adjustment for the tougher course load in assessing class rank? How would this work in the Academic Index formula that the Ivy League colleges use?

In A is for Admission, author and former Dartmouth admission official Michele Hernandez explains the way the AI is calculated in detail. She points out that weighted ranks and GPAs are used when available, but the unweighted versions will be inserted into the formula when they are not. (Rank is the first thing considered. GPA is only used if there is no rankâ€"or percentileâ€"provided.)

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