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First Semester Freshman GPA?

Almostout2k19Almostout2k19 36 replies4 threads Junior Member
I’m really stressing out right now.... my final grades for this semester just came out and I have a 3.42. I was wondering, is that a decent gpa for a first semester freshman? I was just taking core classes, with one upper level foreign language course mixed in.
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  • bjscheelbjscheel 657 replies5 threads Member
    Yes it is decent. On the thread for the parents of freshmen many were just talking today about just hoping for over 3.0. Don't stress, you did fine!
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 1956 replies32 threads Senior Member
    Most schools have data available on the overall class average GPA. Unless your school has significant grade inflation, which some do, this is probably above average and fine.

    Keep in mind that college will typically have students much closer in capability than a high school. T20 schools typically have 80% of students that were top 10% in high school. A vast majority of them wont’t be top 10% in college, and some get stressed out over this.
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  • collboy23collboy23 17 replies2 threads Junior Member
    If you’re a first semester freshman you’re fine just try to improve your GPA if you’re really that concerned. Most freshman actually come to college and do terribly. You’re doing dine!
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 80232 replies720 threads Senior Member
    For most purposes, a 3.42 college GPA is fine. Remember that college generally will spread ~3.0-4.0 HS GPA students across the 2.0-4.0 college GPA range. The most selective colleges will spread 4.0 HS GPA students across the 3.0-4.0 GPA range.

    A 3.42 college GPA would only be a concern in specific situations:
    * Your merit scholarship needs a higher GPA to renew.
    * You face a competitive admission-to-major process that requires a higher GPA.
    * You are pre-med or pre-law.
    * You are aiming for internships or employment at the few employers that use a very high GPA as a screen (however, the most common GPA screen for hiring out of college is 3.0).
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