Generally, I think the people who enroll at Boston University are a well-adjusted bunch. They do a lot of good work in the community. They care about the world. They know how to handle themselves in a snowstorm. You know, all of the important things.
But there’s one major flaw I see in many Terriers. It’s an obsession that infects the student body, from first-semester freshmen to second-semester seniors. And while flair-ups spike around the end of a semester, it’s always there, eating away at the common sense part of the brain. The parasite is belief in grade deflation, a policy that BU is notorious for, and a policy that also happens to not be real.
Yes, you read that correctly. There is no such thing as grade deflation at Boston University. You can look it up in BU Today, which wrote in 2007 that “there is no Boston University policy requiring a certain median grade or grade distribution.” That same article says that the average GPA at BU was a 3.04 at the time of publication, with the majority of grades “in either the A or B range.” I’m assuming that those numbers haven’t gone down significantly in the past few years, either, because each incoming class seems more and more impressive. (BU Today’s profile for the class of 2017, for example, started with the italicized note, “Warning: this story may be disturbing to those with inferiority issues.”)
If an average GPA is around 3.0, that means that the average grade is a B, and I don’t quite see how that’s deflated. Should the average grade be a B+? Maybe an A-? Let me ask it another way: do you honestly believe that an A is average?
Just because you got As in high school doesn’t mean you’ll get As at BU. That’s not how this is supposed to work. It doesn’t make you less intelligent or useful as a human being. It simply means that the standards are not what they used to be. The expectation here is a high quality of work. If you’re not willing to put in the effort, shut up and take the C+ that you’ve earned. Don’t expect to coast your way to a 3.8.
As this blog said once upon a time: c’mon, BU. We should be better than this. We’re the kind of people who make the world better, not complain about low-quality grades after submitting low-quality work. So repeat after me, ladies and gentlemen: there’s no such thing as grade deflation at BU… there’s no such thing as grade deflation at BU…