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[Feb. 15th, 2010|02:12 pm]
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Hey, I was wondering if anyone knew how to figure out your rank (like, you're in the top x% of your class.) I wanted to apply to the Psi Chi, honor society in psychology and one of the requirements is to be in the top 35% of your class and I don't particularly want to pay the $55 application fee just to find out that I'm not qualified.

Thanks in advance.

[User Picture]From: sylphslider
2010-02-15 11:30 pm (UTC)
What's your GPA? Also, how do they define "class"? Do they mean your entire graduating year, or your cohort in your major, or what? And, do they want your overall GPA, your GPA since transfer (if you're a transfer student), or your GPA in your major?

As a general rule of thumb, if your GPA is over 3.5 (whichever form they want), you probably qualify.

Edit: I realize they probably don't give a good goddamn what your GPA is, so figure that it's probably your whole GPA unless they're specifically looking for the top 35% in your major. If your whole GPA is 3.5 or above, you probably qualify. You might even qualify if it's 3.0 or above; the "top 35% of students" is pretty forgiving.

Edited at 2010-02-15 11:33 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lolz03
2010-02-16 04:21 pm (UTC)
As the previous President of Psi Chi at SFSU, I can tell you that its a National requirement. Our School looks at your GPA and you have to have held at least a 3.0-3.2 your entire GPA every semester at state and at any college you have attended.
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[User Picture]From: rockstarashes
2010-02-16 06:04 pm (UTC)
Okay. Well, I guess that settles that, then. I still have no idea HOW you see where you rank amongst your class, but I guess I wouldn't qualify anyway seeing as I meet the 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA now, but I didn't throughout my entire time at SFSU. The website is not very explicit in laying out that requirement, it just says "Undergraduates who are elected must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and rank in the upper 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, senior) in general scholarship. Furthermore, the applicant must have a minimum GPA in psychology courses of 3.0. Psi Chi accepts the standard university policy regarding grades." So I thought I'd be okay on the GPA front and the only thing that might kill me was my ranking. At least I saved $55, I guess. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: lolz03
2010-02-16 10:41 pm (UTC)
If your cumulative GPA is above 3.0 you should be fine. You can always contact a member in the current cabinet, I would suggest the President, and see if they can take a look to see if you qualify before you actually apply (so you dont waste money). Don't go through the psych dept though, I suggest contacting Psi Chi (SFSU chapter) directly.

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[User Picture]From: rockstarashes
2010-02-17 10:15 am (UTC)
Okay, I will definitely do just that. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: rockstarashes
2010-02-23 10:41 pm (UTC)
Do you have any idea how I might get in contact with them? I tried the email address listed on the site but that was a week ago and I still haven't heard back from them.
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