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College Pulse (4/4): Making the Grade

College Pulse’s Terren Klein and his friends are not only skilled at gathering interesting data using their web-based survey software, but they are expert in the modern art of data visualization. Take a look at the Grade Point Averages of the members of the College’s various Greek houses as compared to the means of affiliated and unaffiliated students. All of the data comes from the College:

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(Sorry for the difficulty in reading some of the data on your screen. SigEps’s GPA at the top of the pyramid is 3.59, just a hair under A-.)

I find it striking how closely bunched the various cohorts are. Dartmouth students need to pass 35 courses in order to graduate; after four years of study, it seems that all students and all unaffiliated students go to Commencement with the same average GPA : 3.47.

What does that tell you about the Greeks? It’s hard to say. That they can earn the same grades as students who don’t haze/carouse/drink and play pong with the same ardor (not to mention spending time bonding with their brothers and sisters and engaging in charitable activities) speaks well of the Greeks — though they may just have better access to the best layup lists.

Even the GPA difference between Greek men (3.42) and Greek women (3.53) is less that it might seem: another way of looking at the meaning of a 0.11 gap in their GPAs is that the women achieved an A- in approximately eleven courses in which the men only earned a B+; otherwise, their grades were the same.

The two outliers in the chart are Alpha Phi Alpha and Gamma Delta Chi. Why?

Addendum: Go to College Pulse’s website and you can see the details of each Greek house’s grades over the past few year in contrast of other averages.

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