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Class rank, what do you consider a good class rank?

My current class rank is 37 out of 592. Previously it was 44 out of 998 but people left my school. What is yours if you know it and do are you happy with it? I think most schools are about 50-50 on if they consider it or not.

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I consider a good class rank top 10% because that's the highest rank on most common data sets. For UT Austin, I think 6% is a good rank because they just revised their Auto-admissions from 10% to 6%.

I think it matters most if you are applying to a top college and have a noticeable gap somewhere else on your academic record. So based on my analysis of CDS for some top schools rank matters most at these schools:

Yale

Stanford

Brown

Princeton

Dartmouth

Williams

Pomona

Swarthmore

Claremont McKenna

Hamilton

Middlebury

Duke

Northwestern

Vanderbilt

Wash U StLouis

Rice University

Tufts University

Carnegie Mellon

Georgetown

University of Virgina

Wake Forest

Brandeis

Bowdoin

Washingon & Lee

Colgate

Carleton College

Grinnell College

Bates College

Scripps College

Connecticut College

Union College

Trinity University

And it matters less at these schools:

Univ of Penn.

Cornell University

Wellesley

Barnard College

Vassar

Trinity College

Mount Holyoke

Cal Tech

Univ. Notre Dame

Emory University

Boston University

UNC Chapel Hill

Amherst

Haverford College

Bryn Mawr

University of Richmond

Wesleyan

Smith College

Kenyon College

Reed College

Occidental

Saint Olaf

COLBY

And hardly matters at these schools:

MIT

USC

Northeastern Univ.

Colorado College

Macalester College

Davidson College

Pitzer College

The only top college that doesn't consider rank is Harvard.

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I wonder why Harvard is the only top/ivy school that doesn't? From what I've heard they try to place emphasis that academics aren't everything while most schools say it usually narrows down to them.

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The only thing I could come up with is that perhaps they know that you can't compare rank from school to school. So if you go to Stuyvesant High in NYC or a Top Boarding School maybe there are so many smart kids that rank is meaningless. If you ranked #1 in a public school in Alabama maybe you'd be #100 or #200 in another school or not even on the radar.

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🎤3 months ago

True, I think that is why some schools only lightly consider it as it can be a small very average class or a school full of high achieving students. I think to that very reason some schools don't do class rank.

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3 months ago

That is a great class rank, and don't worry too much about it anyways. The ranking system only tears down students, so don't let it affect you too much. :)

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🎤3 months ago

Good job yall, regardless of how important it is it represents your gpa so you all did really well.

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3 months ago

Mine is 20/849. So technically that is the top 2%. I'm pretty happy with it. Your rank is well above the top ten percent, it is in the top 6%.

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🎤3 months ago

You have a large class as well. My friend's class was only about 200 which I thought was really small but he insisted that was normal.

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3 months ago

A "good" class rank, roughly speaking, is anywhere in the top 10%. You have a good rank. Mine is like 2 or 3 out of 450. I think schools aren't very bothered about it, as long as it's high. If it's too low then it might be a concern.

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🎤3 months ago

very true, when I was looking at the recommended classes I saw that most only considered it (making it the one of the things with the least weight) or they didn't consider it at all.

I hadn't thought of that though. If it's really low that probably would be concerning in most cases.

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