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So, what exactly is a "good" college GPA?

NolanDWNolanDW Posts: 168Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2011 in College Life
I just finished my freshman year at a very respectable public college. I'm expecting my cum. GPA to be around like 3.2 to 3.3, even though I took rather easy classes this semester.

Although I know CC isn't a very representative sample, I feel like I'm behind or something for no reason--even though I don't know even know how much GPA is going to affect my future (isn't it really only good for the first job, then it's experience after that? heck, I don't even want a 9-5) I have never had any plans to go to Harvard Law School, be some I-banker at Goldman Sachs, or anything outlandish that requires perfection...so I'm just wondering, what is a "good" college GPA? And what does the GPA even really determine/entail?

I hate to be so numbers and grades focused, but it just seems like I am already.
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Replies to: So, what exactly is a "good" college GPA?

  • Russell7Russell7 Posts: 1,414- Senior Member
    on a 4.0 scale, assuming that your Uni doesn't inflate grades...

    average = 2.5-2.7
    decent = 3.0
    good = 3.5
    great = 3.7
    excellent = 3.85

    IMO. I think that first years average 2.62 at my school.
  • BerkeleySeniorBerkeleySenior Posts: 399Registered User Member
    On a 4.0 scale, a 3.7+.

    You need a 3.7+ to get into a good law school, med school, PhD program so I didn't pick it arbitrarily.
  • GoldShadowGoldShadow Posts: 6,160Registered User Senior Member
    If you're not planning on one of those things, a 3.0+ is generally considered "good."
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Posts: 6,666Registered User Senior Member
    as GoldShadow said... above a 3.0 will generally be fine for anything employment related. If you have significant grad school aspirations, then grades become more important.
  • nontraditionalnontraditional Posts: 519Registered User Member
    It's going to depend on a lot of things, including the school, the course of study, and what you want to do with it.

    If you really want to compare yourself to others and you don't have any benchmark in terms of what you might want to do after college, I'd go look around your college website and see what kinds of grades will get you various kinds of academic honors. That will give you some idea of what the school thinks is a good GPA. I think you'd probably do better to ask yourself how much each grade reflects what you think you really could have done in each class. Taking tougher classes will probably reduce your GPA -- and not only is there nothing wrong with that, but taking chances in your education will probably result in you being a better-educated individual at the end of it all.
  • burgler09burgler09 Posts: 1,386Registered User Senior Member
    Berkeleysenior, you do NOT need a 3.7+ to get into med school lol
  • MoireMoire Posts: 156Registered User Junior Member
    A GPA means little. Any GPA above 3.0 will do. How well you do on the LSATs/MCATs/GMATs and how smart you sound when you open your mouth during the interview is what counts.
  • burgler09burgler09 Posts: 1,386Registered User Senior Member
    ^^^ exactly, although gpa is pretty important.. you have to have a decent gpa, but if youhave above a 3.0 you'll get accepted somewhere if you have a good MCAT/LSAT/DAT and interview well.
  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Posts: 14,996Registered User Senior Member
    you do NOT need a 3.7+ to get into med school lol
    Actually you kind of do. If you google average GPA for medical school you will find that most State medical schools have average GPAs for accepted students of over 3.6 to 3.7+.

    Our State medical school the minimum to apply is a 3.0 but they state that you are unlikely to be competitive or even be offered an interview with a 3.0.
  • Russell7Russell7 Posts: 1,414- Senior Member
    Moire, that isn't true. The LSAT is weighed the same as GPA and there are GPA cutoffs for med and stuff that are well above 3.0.

    The lowest GPA to be accepted to dentistry at my school last year was 3.6 and that's only because he had a very difficult major.
  • burgler09burgler09 Posts: 1,386Registered User Senior Member
    those are AVERAGE gpa's that means they accept lower students. If you needed a 3.7+ then they average gpa would be around a 3.8-3.9
  • MoireMoire Posts: 156Registered User Junior Member
    A few years ago I used to post in this other message board, and there was a girl who claimed she had a 3.9 GPA from a decent school. For some reason none of us could comprehend, she was unable to find a job after graduation. She seemed foreign to the idea of having to show anyone her resume; she claimed she didn't even have one. A few hundreds posts later she revealed she had ADD, her 3.9 GPA essentially rendered meaningless.
  • Russell7Russell7 Posts: 1,414- Senior Member
    agreed swimcats... here are the admission stats from my school last year for med and dentistry. Mind you, it's a Canadian school, and we're a bit more competitive up here, but not by a ridiculous amount...

    Dentistry
    Undergraduate Medical Education - Doctor of Dental Surgery Admissions: Statistics

    Medicine
    Undergraduate Medical Education - Doctor of Medicine Admissions: Statistics
  • burgler09burgler09 Posts: 1,386Registered User Senior Member
    That looks like the UColorado admissions... unless you really look into the stuff and actually talk to other applicants and know whats going on it is useless to just try and look at numbers and know what's going on. I don't care enough to debate it because truthfully, it doesn't matter enough to me.


    Any students interested in professional fields I recommend going to the Student Doctor Network, www.studentdoctor.net if you are interested in learning more.
  • Russell7Russell7 Posts: 1,414- Senior Member
    huh? What do I need to know about students for in order to interpret statistics? Those are links from my University. And I know for a fact that other Canadian school stats are similar.

    I don't know about American schools, but not everyone is from there on CC.
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