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Taking the Pulse

Combine precise polling on cellphones, access to good data from the College, and modern data visualization, and you end up with one of the most interesting student innovations to come along in a while: Dartmouth Pulse. Below the site’s organizers have taken available data to display GPA figures for Greek houses and unaffiliated students:

Greek GPA Averages.jpg

In the end, as regards GPA, the big, bad fraternity system reflects the College quite precisely.

The distribution of Greek majors is a little different. Lots more Econ, Government, Engineering and Computer Science jocks among the fraternity-bound:

Major Sophomore Class.jpg

Major Sophomore Rushees.jpg

Those four majors comprise 39.2% of the sophomore class and 63.74% of soon-to-be brothers. (Given the skew of the data, one can imagine that non-rushees really shy away from the Big Four majors.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

What really blows me away about your chart is that the average undergraduate GPA seems to be almost 3.5, so halfway between a B+ and an A-. That is just disgraceful.


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