Data Mining the University: College GPA Predictions from SAT Scores

  title={Data Mining the University: College GPA Predictions from SAT Scores},
  author={Stephen Hsu and James M. Schombert},
  journal={Labor: Human Capital eJournal},
  • S. Hsu, J. Schombert
  • Published 14 April 2010
  • Psychology, Physics
  • Labor: Human Capital eJournal
We analyze a data set composed of academic records of undergraduates at the University of Oregon from 2000-2004. We find correlations of roughly 0.35 to 0.5 between SAT scores and upper division, in-major GPA (henceforth, GPA). Interestingly, low SAT scores do not preclude high performance in most majors. That is, the distribution of SAT scores after conditioning on high GPA (e.g., 3.5 or even 4.0) typically extends below 1000 (the average among test takers). We hypothesize that overachievers… 
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