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My grades are fine, my GPA is low

Bentley1Bentley1 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited July 2009 in College Admissions
Okay, so I recently calculated my GPA and it is horrible. I currently have a 2.57 GPA because I struggled in my Latin class, getting just above a 70 over the last two school years, I am now going in to my junior year after summer. I have lost sleep over this GPA, I have an 85% average, but the way GPA is calculated, mine is aweful. My grades for my sophomore year were as follows:

Accounting- 88

Geometry- 82

Latin II- 73

Intro Business- 91

Biology- 85

English- 89

US History Hnrs- 90

Pretty decent, except Latin. I really want to get into Bentley College and major in accounting. Next year I am taking AP English, AP American Government, Problems of Democracy Honors, Algebra II, Physics, Intro Business II, and Coaching 101. I go to a public school in Maine. Is this as horrible as it seems? Do colleges look at percentage grades or only GPA? Any answers would be helpful, I am losing sleep over this.

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Replies to: My grades are fine, my GPA is low

  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,707 Senior Member
    Colleges look at your transcript. That means, they look at the individual classes you have taken, and the grades you earned in each of those classes. They will see pretty quickly that Latin was a disaster for you. Bad Latin grades would only matter if you were applying as a major in Latin or Classical languages. You aren't.

    Concentrate on earning good grades in the rest of your courses, and you will be fine.
  • heather123heather123 Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    I go to public school in Maine as well! What school do you go t?
  • mantori.suzukimantori.suzuki Registered User Posts: 3,347 Senior Member
    Answer that question by PM, not in a post! Don't share personal information online that can identify you.
  • go_habs10go_habs10 Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    noooo way another mainer right here too!

    just study really hard next year, try to bring up your grades and colleges will see that you have an upward trend...which will help
  • mcgooglymcgoogly Registered User Posts: 331 Member
    are you serious you're a freshman what are you doing here
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Registered User Posts: 1,787 Senior Member
    How does an 85% average match up with a 2.57 GPA?
  • aHuman(oid)aHuman(oid) Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    If the Accounting, Intro to Business, Biology, English and US History are Bs, Geometry is a C, and Latin is a D, and there is no grade weighting in the score provided.
  • Bentley1Bentley1 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I average 85% if you average out the percentage scores. You get points for letter grades in GPA, so that will be different.

    Another question, will math and latin hurt my chances if I'm going to major in accounting? I know accounting has math, but it's basically addition and subtraction, it's not problem solving stuff. I would think business classes would be looked at a little more heavily
  • aHuman(oid)aHuman(oid) Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Accounting does involve math beyond addition and subtraction, and your future math classes certainly will matter. Geometry is relatively unimportant when compared to some other math classes you'll take/have taken, but don't expect to be able to get by with what math you learned in elementary school.
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