In the situation you described I would rather have the 3.3. And my resume would either read "GPA 3.3/4.0 (Top 10%)" or simply read "Top 10% of Class".
ND students apparently can't do math?I understand that it was pretty expected. They completely botched last year's cycle.
What happened last year? How did the botch the cycle?
Admissions director quit to go to Ave Maria, assistant director went on maternity leave, and outside admissions counselors were brought in. Around 825 people were admitted as compared with the typical <600. The desired class size is somewhere between 170-180 and 230 decided to attend, some 160 of which were male. The school paid about 30 guys off to come in 2007, so now there are only 70 male slots and the rest are for women.
I will finally graduate next spring, 8 years after I began working on my degree. I took a ton of breaks, and the longest I have gone straight through is 4 semesters.
For all my fellow school haters, I would say to take your time and don't put yourself on someone else's schedule. If you need a break, take it! When I did go to school, I did well, and have a 3.7 GPA to show for it.