« on: May 18, 2007, 09:47:04 PM »
The amount of people with 3.8+ UGPA's around here is simply astonishing to me... I don't know a single person in real life that's been anywhere near having an A average. Might be regional differences of course, or you guys are really bright and I'm gonna get owned next year:(
I have a 3.88 in a 4.3 system, which translates to a 3.83 if I change it for a 4.0 grading system, and I agree with what others in this thread have been saying. The key to getting anything over a 3.8 is hard work and understanding exactly what each prof you have wants from you. Some want you to think outside the box, some want you to just regurgitate whatever they are having you read. It all depends. In some ways, it's sad, because I have always felt that I am selling out to get such a good GPA, namely by catering my exam answers, essays ect. to what I think the prof in question will want to read. This is, however, the way things work in university, and if you want to get good grades, you need to know how the system works.
I think there is also a very large variation in GPA's depending on what school you attend. Some schools (*cough*Harvard*cough*) are notorious for GPA inflation while others, such as MIT, are notorious for keeping undergrad GPA's way down. In many european countries, such as Germany, undergraduate GPA's are usually very low because the freshman year is used to seperate the men from the boys, in a sense. As such, the first year of undergrad has the toughest grading, which usually hurts your overall GPA in the long run.