Is grade inflation at target schools really a thing?
So I'm a senior at a relatively good public university that is a non-target for anything finance-related and I was looking into average GPAs per department and at my school the Economics department curves to a 2.7 (B-). I was talking to my other buddies who go to target schools and they tell me their business/finance/economics related classes generally curve anywhere between a 3.0 - 3.5 on average (B to A- range).
If this is the case, does that make people who go to schools that curve lower even worse off (generally non-target schools)? Never have I seen anywhere on an application where I can input the average curve or anything so this is generally not even taken into account.
I guess a counter-argument is that since these top target schools have so many smart kids, the curve is higher too to match that and the harder classes in general. I don't know too much about this but I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts!