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Do college's look at your GPA for every high school year or your total GPA for H.S?

Michelle_b.Michelle_b. Posts: 45. Junior Member
edited October 2011 in College Admissions
Hi,
Do college admissions look at your GPA for every year of high school? Or do they look at your total GPA at the end of your senior year???

Also, if your a sophomore with a 3.83 GPA is it possible to get a 4.0 by the time you graduate?
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Replies to: Do college's look at your GPA for every high school year or your total GPA for H.S?

  • MurasakiMurasaki Posts: 2,146Registered User Senior Member
    Most colleges evaluate the cumulative GPA after junior year, and look at grades for senior year in the mid-year report. Keep in mind that some colleges recalculate GPA (eg, UC's use "a-g" classes, 10th/11th, weighted up to 8 semesters).

    Colleges have different formulas for calculation, but it's generally a cumulative thing.

    As for your other question, it depends on how many classes you have. It might not be possible to raise a 3.83 to a 4.0 if you only have a few out of your total classes left to take between now and the end. If you mean the GPA the colleges look at, though, junior year will be the latest they have before mid-year report in most cases.

    If you're concerned about raising it though, you can do a simple calculation to figure it out, add in the points all As would give you between now and the end and see how that would change your GPA through some arithmetic.
  • shennieshennie Posts: 2,467Registered User Senior Member
    "Also, if your a sophomore with a 3.83 GPA is it possible to get a 4.0 by the time you graduate?"

    If you are talking about unweighted grades on a typical 4.0 scale, the answer is no, you cannot get a 4.0 overall. Once you get a grade of B your overall GPA for unweighted grades will never be a 4.0 If you get A's for the rests of your career, I imagine you will be at a 3.9 something which will be fine for any school you apply to.
  • Michelle_b.Michelle_b. Posts: 45. Junior Member
    Well, what if you take AP courses? Will that raise your grade point average?
  • shennieshennie Posts: 2,467Registered User Senior Member
    It depends on how your school gives credit. Some schools have unweighted grades which mean that you get the same amount of credit no matter how difficult the class is. Other schools will give you more credit for taking more difficult classes such as AP classes. In that case, if you can earn 4.5 grade points for an AP class instead of 4.0 then, yes, you could get your grade point up to or above 4.0 weighted. But colleges often then unweight the grades when they figure out your GPA so you are back below a 4.0
  • cky297cky297 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    It depends on what school you are in and what college you want to attend. I know that my school works your 9th and 10th year grades in, then adds in half of your junior year (my current one) and 1/4 of your senior year. Maybe that is why people goof off in 12th grade. I mean, it's stupid, you still need to do the work because it still counts, even though it is not heavily weighted.
  • ZombieDanteZombieDante Posts: 3,886Registered User Senior Member
    They look at every single thing that is on you transcript
  • jspeed12jspeed12 Posts: 349Registered User Junior Member
    This thread is over 5 years old. The OP's already in college...
  • rtist25ejlrtist25ejl Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Hey, Im taking 6 AP courses and i'm currently a senior in high school (Economics, US Government, English Lit., AB Calculus, Biology, and Studio Art). I have high 80's (i.e. 88-89) in 4 of these courses and low 90's (i.e. 90-92) in the rest. Does this look relatively GOOD or BAD on my college resume even though my overall GPA from freshman to junior year is a 95.5?
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