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How hard is it to maintain a 4.0 gpa as compared to high school?

friedricefriedrice Registered User Posts: 1,280 Senior Member
edited May 2011 in College Life
In most high schools, as long as you work hard, a 4.0 is a practically given. Is this the same for most colleges?
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Replies to: How hard is it to maintain a 4.0 gpa as compared to high school?

  • alipes07alipes07 Registered User Posts: 545 Member
    it is extremely rare that you maintain a 4.0 exactly past freshman year. It's not too unusual to finish your first semester w/ a 4.0. But after that things start to kick in-harder classes, more time w/ friends, jobs, etc.
  • ticklemepinkticklemepink Registered User Posts: 2,764 Senior Member
    Pretty tough. People do get 3.8s and 3.9s but a 4.0 is very rare.
  • Sheed30Sheed30 Registered User Posts: 12,425 Senior Member
    yea....at the University of Chicago for example, there have been many years where not one person in the entire graduating class will have a 4 point.
  • etcheverryetcheverry Registered User Posts: 159 Junior Member
    It depends on the college..where i'm studying right now i know many people with 4.0 gpas which of course is not a good thing...
  • k1mank1man Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    based on my experience, highschool is harder

    ive had tyrants
  • Russell7Russell7 - Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
    I've never met a person that had a 4.0 after 1st year.
  • gbesqgbesq Registered User Posts: 1,779 Senior Member
    It's rare to find someone in college with a 4.0 gpa, particularly after the first year. Particularly at large state universities, grades are curved in many courses such that the mean grade is a "C" -- unlike high school, the upper portion of the curve will be a lot flatter, much more like a true bell curve. Even for the courses that aren't curved, college courses are considerably more difficult than high school AP courses, so working hard, in and of itself, doesn't guarantee you an "A."
  • NearLNearL Registered User Posts: 346 Junior Member
    Nothing in and of itself guarantees an A, but hardwork is a lot more reliable than intelligence and even preparation. Believe it.
  • TheKid4740TheKid4740 Registered User Posts: 175 Junior Member
    What's the difference between hardwork and preparation?
  • TerpDadTerpDad Registered User Posts: 390 Junior Member
  • pmrlcommpmrlcomm - Posts: 2,235 Senior Member
    In HS are you talking a 4.0 weighted or U/W? I'd like to know what cream puff HS you go to if it is a given to get a 4.0. If it is that easy don't count on a 4.0 at the college level...
  • trojanchick99trojanchick99 Registered User Posts: 712 Member
    It's pretty hard to get a 4.0 in college. I pulled a perfect GPA in 4 years of high school, but never once in college. Don't be too hard on yourself, just do the best you can.
  • b@r!umb@r!um Registered User Posts: 10,172 Senior Member
    TheKid4740, I think 'preparation' refers to your previous academic background (e.g. how tough your high school courses were).
  • GregoryMitchellGregoryMitchell Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    Depends where you go and what your focus is. A 4.0 in psychology at a crappy school like the one I go to is a hell of a lot easier than a 4.0 at a challenging high school.
  • mydixiewreckedmydixiewrecked - Posts: 268 Junior Member
    "In most high schools, as long as you work hard, a 4.0 is a practically given. Is this the same for most colleges?"

    If you mean most crappy high schools, then I agree.
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