I am a rising junior, and I am very worried about my GPA.
I have a lot of A-minuses, which are counted as 4.00 in most high schools. I recently heard that IVY LEAGUE schools weigh an A- as a 3.7, rather than a 4.00.
So does that mean that if you have an A- average, you have a 3.7 GPA? Prepscholar's calculator says that this is VERY incompetitive for top schools like Stanford/Harvard.
Also, I know some people that put ZERO effort into their work, but still get A/A+ in all of their classes. Particularly, their schools are unranked, very laid-back, and usually include many unmotivated minorities in the student body that make them stand out (while they don't even try).
I know that colleges look at the school rank when considering GPA. So my school is "US NEWS Gold Ribbon", Number 26 in California, and Number 200 in the country. Would this school be "competitive" enough for them to consider my A- average the same as an A+ average at a low-end school where you don't have to try hard to earn high grades?
I heard from someone that colleges are looking more and more on the SAT/ACT because the GPAs are inflated and unfair all over the country? Is this true?
I am just very worried about the fact that I did not know about the A-minuses and this can completely ruin my chances of getting accepted to top-10 schools of the country.
Thank you for your help!