Harvard Median Grade: A-

Source: Washington Post, Dec 2013

The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper, has reported that the median grade at Harvard College is now an A- and students most frequently get A’s.

At Harvard, concerns about grade inflation are nothing new. In 2001, Harvard data showed that 49 percent of undergraduate grades were A’s in 2001, up from 23 percent in 1986, according to this New York Times story, which also reported that Harvard grades rose as much from 1930 to 1966 as from 1967 to the present. In fact, a 1984 Harvard report warned that students were getting too many A’s and B’s.


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