How beneficial can good grades be?

seanussery

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I will be applying to lmu, chapman, usc and maybe a few others next year and i'd say my grades are my strongest part of the application (4.0 and 35 act). How much will these stats help me in the application process?
 

bmcbmc

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My anecdotal impression, based primarily on a sample size of one, is that these grades/scores are impressive and will be very helpful at most places (at least they will be if the 4.0 is unweighted). My sense is that the larger the program is, the more important grades/scores will be to the process. Top grades/scores are less important at boutique, conservatory programs like FSU and UNCSA, where the decision is based almost entirely on the portfolio. They will be more important at LMU, NYU and perhaps Chapman (and definitely more important at Emerson, Ithaca, Syracuse, DePaul, Texas, etc). A strong portfolio will also be important, but top grades/scores will carry significant weight. As far as USC goes, all bets are off. My sense is that USC is in that hyper-selective range where it is basically unpredictable for any pragmatic purposes. (That doesn't mean that all files have an equally low chance at admission. It means that the great majority of highly qualified files will still be rejected. As far as I know, among the highly qualified files, there is no consistent set of characteristics that distinguishes those that get accepted from those that do not.)
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
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Our interview with USC admissions touches on this a little I believe.

How to get Into USC Film School: An Interview With an SCA Admissions Committee Member

How to get Into USC Film School: An Interview With an SCA Admissions Committee Member

Considered by many to be the best film school in the world, it’s no wonder why the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is so sought after by prospective undergraduate and graduate students alike. However, the film school’s prestige can often make the application process particularly stressful and...

Showing storytelling ability and your personal statement are the most important in my opinion.

You can browse though our application database and see that quite often low GPA gets accepted as well.

 

seanussery

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My anecdotal impression, based primarily on a sample size of one, is that these grades/scores are impressive and will be very helpful at most places (at least they will be if the 4.0 is unweighted). My sense is that the larger the program is, the more important grades/scores will be to the process. Top grades/scores are less important at boutique, conservatory programs like FSU and UNCSA, where the decision is based almost entirely on the portfolio. They will be more important at LMU, NYU and perhaps Chapman (and definitely more important at Emerson, Ithaca, Syracuse, DePaul, Texas, etc). A strong portfolio will also be important, but top grades/scores will carry significant weight. As far as USC goes, all bets are off. My sense is that USC is in that hyper-selective range where it is basically unpredictable for any pragmatic purposes. (That doesn't mean that all files have an equally low chance at admission. It means that the great majority of highly qualified files will still be rejected. As far as I know, among the highly qualified files, there is no consistent set of characteristics that distinguishes those that get accepted from those that do not.)
thanks a lot for the response
 
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