The Star Tribune Discusses the Weight of the Valedictorian Distinction in Carleton’s Admissions Process

The March 29 edition of the Star Tribune discussed how the process of valedictorian selection has come under fire at many Minnesota high schools. While more schools opt for a weighted GPA system, the road to the valedictorian title can become a strategic venture requiring careful course selection. Many believe the system to be unfair, as even a perfect GPA may not mean the top distinction for high-achieving students. However, Carleton College, along with many other Minnesota private colleges, have noted that the valedictorian title does little to sway admissions decisions. As Paul Thiboutot, Carleton vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, confirms, “By itself, a GPA, or being valedictorian is not the critical determining factor [in the selection process.]”

Anna Versen '14 Apr. 4, 2013

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