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Can you name the 4 toughest grading Schools in each of 4 regions (2010)

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Ranking/Region/State/ColorsAnswerArticle Blurb (with first letter of coll
1. East (NY)
Cherry and White
Engineering and science based schools dominate the Sweet Sixteen of Tough A's. Their workloads are higher and their grades are lower than national averages. R_____ fits right in with a high quality student body and an average GPA about 0.25 below typical private schools of its caliber.
2. East (NJ)
Orange and Black
Leadership here has worked hard over the last few years to make sure that excellence is accorded only to those that truly deserve it. P_____ may be new to reversing grade inflation, but in this year's tourney, they may go all the way.
3. East (MA)
Scarlet and White
B_____'s student body complains mightily about grades and how hard it is to get an A. At a lot of schools such complaints defy reality. But at B_____, getting a B average puts you right in the middle of pack. Graduating with a 3.5 makes you a star.
4. East (MA)
Cardinal Red and Steel Gray
M_____ likely deserves a higher seed, but their leadership is very, very tight lipped about their grades. When M_____ last slipped and published some data several years ago, the average GPA was less than 3.2. At schools with comparable talent like Harvard and Yale, GPA's are 0.2 to 0.4 higher.
1. South (VA)
Black and Gold
Public schools in urban settings can be very tough places to earn an A. At V_____, even getting a B can be an achievement. Its average GPA is 2.6, far below national averages.
2. South (VA)
Garnet and Gray
H_____ is a very small school tucked away in the South. It's had modest problems with grade inflation over the last decade, but H_____'s grades are still so low relative to other liberal arts colleges that it fully merits a number 2 seed in the very tough Southern region.
3. South (VA)
Blue and Gold (academic),
Maroon and Gray (athletics)
Liberal arts colleges tend to be easy A heaven. That's not so at R_____ where B is still the most common grade and A's are earned less than 30 percent of the time.
4. South (AL)
Burnt Orange and Navy Blue
Another Tiger in this year's Sweet Sixteen. Eat your hearts out; A_____ is just a tougher place to earn an A.
1. Midwest (IN)
Old Gold and Black
With an average GPA that has hovered around 2.8 for over 30 years. P_____ doesn't even seem to know that grade inflation exists in America. In that regard, ignorance is bliss.
2. Midwest (TX)
Scarlet Red and Albino White
The Midwest is our weakest division and to make up for it, we've shipped some schools from the South to here. H_____ is a tough urban public school to earn an A, Its GPA has held at a steady 2.6 for 15 years.
3. Midwest (GA)
Green and White
Another hard-nosed science and engineering school. Its state rival Georgia Tech is no piece of cake either, but S_____ gets the nod for a Sweet Sixteen seed this year.
4. Midwest (FL)
Blue and Gold
A's are far harder to come by at F_____ than they are at Florida's flagship school in Gainesville. Earn a 3.4 GPA at F_____ and you're well ahead of the pack. Maybe next year the Midwest will toughen up and be able to compete with the Southern schools that we've shipped into the land of the wind chill factor.
1. West (OR)If you go to R_____, you know in advance that A's are earned. There's a reason why this school places so many students in Ph.D. programs and medical schools.
2. West (CA)
Navy Blue, Orange, and White
Resources are tight in the CSU system and F_____ has its share of real problems. But grade inflation is not an issue here. Grades are about the same as they were in 1978 and the average GPA is 2.7.
3. West (CA)
Black and Gold
This small science and engineering school outside of LA has, to our mind, one of the funniest names for a school in America (OK, Chico State is even funnier). But the name is where all jokes end. H_____'s average GPA is in the 3.2 range, which might seem high at face value. But these students are some of the best in the country. If they took classes with their liberal arts college neighbors across the way (H_____ is part of a consortium of colleges), they'd be getting A's ten to thirty percent more frequently.
4. West (Vancouver)
Red, Blue, and Gray
Unlike the NCAA, GradeInflation.com is not restricted to seeding only American schools. Just across the Washington state border in beautiful British Columbia, S_____ has avoided grade inflation as successfully as Celine Dion has avoided Tim Hortons (you might have to be Canadian to get that one). They are stingy with their A's, giving them only about 25 percent of the time.

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