A local Shoreline, CT high school revealed eligibility for National Honor Society: anyone with a 90 average and above could apply. Half the class was eligible. That’s completely crazy and illustrates rampant grade inflation. How can colleges determine admission?
There are some high schools such as Guilford High School and Daniel Hand High School in Madison where an A average is difficult to obtain at least compared to many other Connecticut high schools.
The only other objective factor: test scores. The SATs have become the blunt force weapon used by college admissions officials to lop off many applicants from consideration.
Objective?! You object! Yes. Evaluating relative strength in activities is certainly not objective. How does one compare participation or excellence in band versus soccer? The college application – particularly the essays – must be in good shape but again, evaluation here is subjective. Other factors – the hooks -such as legacy, connections etc. are not objective.
For normal students – which now includes those with A averages – the SATs are the most objective factor that college admissions officials use to evaluate students.