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Determining a good class rank percentile

Hi everyone! I'm curious about what a good class rank percentile would be. Are there any general guidelines or benchmarks for a competitive class rank?

7 months ago

Hi there! A "good" class rank percentile can vary depending on the context, like the selectivity of the college you're aiming for or the competitiveness of your high school. However, to give you some general guidelines:

- For highly competitive schools (e.g. Ivy League and other top-tier institutions), you should ideally aim to be in the top 10% of your class or higher. Applicants in the top 1-5% are seen more favorably at these schools.

- For selective schools, being in the top 25% is often a solid benchmark.

- For less selective schools, maintaining a class rank within the top 50% is usually sufficient.

Keep in mind that class rank is just one factor in the college application process, and colleges nowadays use a more holistic approach in evaluating applicants. Factors like standardized test scores (if required), extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation also play a significant role in your application.

Also, not every high school provides class rank. If that's the case with your school, your college applications will be assessed based on other factors like your GPA, course rigor, and other academic achievements. So, while class rank is a useful benchmark, it shouldn't be your main focus when it comes to applying. Good luck!

7 months ago

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