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Applying REA or RD and GPA Concerns


For me at least I was going to use the SAT to improve my academic index, but can't do that now since COVID closed all testing locations in my area till Dec. Would being a tad-bit slightly lower (0.18 to be exact off) applicant in the stats department based off on IVY league average GPA based off Collegevine median GPA, be bad for applying REA. Assuming if everything else seems stellar but your grades (featuring no test scores are BUT you do have an explanation as to why your grades are low (impacted your school environment and took a toll on your life ) is it still a long shot since early application pools are more competitive or are it safer to do ED. Or will school just give you a flat out rejection because my grades aren't on the threshold line they want to see?

Also would applying ED/REA with as a URM give you a higher chance since there are less that apply typically, and it is often the applicant pool has a affluent "nonpeople of color" student or is geographic location/race, not a first eye glance factor?

Also with GPA I am confused what the typical GPA of admitted students is, I have watched Collegevine LIvestrams and, I have looked on google and typed up the "average GPA of admitted students @@@ ___school ____" and typically you get 4.18 out of 4. This can be found on google/ prep scholars and other websites and seeing this makes no sense to me. Like I though weighted GPA's are out fo 5.0 or 6.0 or even sometimes 100 or 12 point system. So is the 4.18 at Stanford relative to being universal because I never really understand what this means really. I think an example of this is using the link below : (Scroll down till you see GPA section)

So it the 3.75/4.0 = 4.18/4 ?


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So as for GPA if you have a reason why it was lower it shouldn’t take you out of the running.

The GPA with it being >4 means it was weighted as on a 4.0 scale a 5.0 is a “A” in a AP/IB course.

Unweighted is generally






And in a AP IB course you add 1 and in honors you add .5.

I have a unweighted meaning AP classes aren’t boosted I have a 3.9 ish while if weighted it’s a 3.95ish. Most of the time schools ask for the unweighted but will typically accept Wieghted if needed. Some schools like UCLA calculates it by themselves and uses thier wieghted system to determine GPA

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!

Thanks for the response, I never really knew that
Your welcome glad to help.
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There are different opinions on Stanford REA. Some very reputable consultants have weighed in and said that unless you are a legacy, recruited athlete or development candidate or a dean's list candidate (that's the Stanford Dean, not your HS dean), you should not apply REA because you're competing with 4 profile types that have a clear advantage over the typical candidate. The only REA option where this not true is if you are a Questbridge Match Finalist and you rank Stanford and get in. Those students are typically low income, first-gen, and have slightly lower stats.

Since the entire world was affected by COVID-19, I'm certain that Stanford knows that many students were not able to produce the same grades, course rigor, and std.test scores this application cycle. When they get their 8000 REA applications and 39,500 RD applications this year they will immediately know how COVID 19 affected GPA, ACT/STAT, Rigor stats and make adjustments. You have to be more exceptional to get in Stanford REA and only about 8-9% get deferred into the RD pool and only about 11% get accepted so 80% get a flat out rejection.

At Stanford, your GPA is recalculated based on the following formula:

Grades from 10th and 11th grade only (no freshman grades)

Academic courses only (no physical education, typing, band, orchestra)

Letter Grade Grade Points (taken off Stanfords website for letter grade system) 4.18 is based on their recalculation and their scale, not other published scales.

A+ 4.3

A 4.0

A- 3.7

B+ 3.3

B 3.0

B- 2.7

C+ 2.3

C 2.0

C- 1.7

D+ 1.3

D 1.0

D- 0.7

NP 0.0

Is it better for someone with lower stats to apply REA/ED to IVY League school since apps are read slightly closer, or will it be negative towards someone's application since there competing with strong contenders?