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Grade Inflated or deflated?


Hello, I'm an international student and planning to apply to universities in the US.

I'm a senior already.

I want to pursue the medical track and of course, part of the important things I need to apply later on to Medical School is to have a high GPA. Although I want to go to a good college, I want to avoid places where it may be especially hard to get good grades.

I am considering Amherst College, Union College, Baylor College, Holy Cross, Rochester University, and Macalester College.

Does anyone know about the grading system in these? should I avoid any?

Thank you!


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Amherst and Macalaster are colleges on your list that utilize grade deflation.

Baylor is the middle of the road.

Union, Holy Cross, Rochester would be safe bets.

Hope that helps.

I actually disagree when it comes to Amherst. I'm a grad, and based on my experience and that of many peers, there isn't grade deflation. In some departments, I'd say there's even grade inflation. The pre-health professions advising is also top-notch at Amherst - I have a lot of friends in medical school :) I'm not so sure about the others, but it looks like people from Macalester also say that grade deflation isn't much of a problem.
Perhaps that's changed in the last 10 years. There exist a lot of written articles to past grade deflation at Amherst and I should have looked at the dates of the articles.