The Average GPAs at Every Ivy League University

A tool for better benchmarking if GPA is a part of your candidate evaluation criteria.

Evaluating entry-level candidates for a role requires a different approach than evaluating candidates with several years of experience. While mid-level candidates have previous employment experience, entry-level candidates often lack full-time experience, leaving you to evaluate their potential from their internships, on-campus involvement, and often, GPA.  

Screening candidates based on their GPA might seem like an objective evaluation tool – after all, it’s a numerical value that correlates with academic performance. However, grade inflation can create variances among university grading systems, making it difficult to evaluate candidates fairly when comparing them across universities. In our article, “The Top 20 Universities With The Highest Average GPAs”, we discovered the extent of these variances by analyzing the composite data of tens of thousands of students on our platform and their self-reported GPAs.

Because so many companies recruit from Ivy League universities, we decided to use that data to publish a comparison of the average Ivy League GPAs to allow for better candidate benchmarking. For example – the average GPA of students at Brown University is 3.71, compared to an average GPA of 3.49 from Princeton University students. As noted in our previous article on average GPAs, Brown is known to have a more relaxed grading scale that only includes A’s, B’s, and C’s. Princeton, on the other hand, once had a grading policy that limited the number of A’s allocated. While that policy was discontinued in 2014, Princeton may have a tougher approach to grading compared to a university like Brown.

If you’re recruiting at Ivy League universities, having context on the variances among GPA can be useful if grade point average is a part of your candidate evaluation criteria. See below for the average GPA at each Ivy League, and check out our article on the top 20 universities with the highest average GPAs for even more information.

The Average GPAs at Every Ivy League University

Brown University – 3.71

Harvard University – 3.64

Yale University – 3.62

Columbia University – 3.59

Dartmouth College – 3.54

University of Pennsylvania – 3.52

Cornell University – 3.5

Princeton University – 3.49

Want a cheat sheet to the top schools? View our infographics on the top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, top Women’s Colleges, top Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and top universities according to university recruiters.



RippleMatch is an AI-powered recruitment platform that matches early-career candidates with high-quality jobs and internships. When students sign up for our platform, they are prompted to fill out a profile which requests several different points of information, including their GPA. We have over 50,000 active student users from over 500 universities and determine the average GPA of each university based on the composite data from our users at each university.


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