Question: I have a pretty high GPA (3.89 Unweighted; 4.35 Weighted), but a low class rank (96/300). How much does this affect my chances at an Ivy League school? Do they care more about GPA or class rank?
College admission officials care the most about your grades in the most challenging courses, especially in your junior and senior years. So both the overall GPA and the class rank will take a back seat to this.