Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.
Please take a moment to read our updated TOS, Privacy Policy, and Forum Rules.

How important is College GPA?

nothingtonothingto Registered User Posts: 1,347 Senior Member
edited August 2010 in College Life
How important is college GPA actually? What use does it have, if you are still going to get your degree and get a job? I am sorry if I sound ignorant or arrogant, because I really don't know, and I would like to know about this.

Rather then graduate school, would there be any specific use of a College GPA?
Post edited by nothingto on

Replies to: How important is College GPA?

  • Johnson181Johnson181 Registered User Posts: 4,226 Senior Member
    It really depends on your major/your field.

    Also, it could matter for getting internships/research positions as an undergrad.
  • speedsolverspeedsolver Registered User Posts: 1,919 Senior Member
    Some future employers also require you put your GPA (or they ask about it) in your resume.
  • transfers2010transfers2010 Registered User Posts: 494 Member
    If you're interested in grad school or transferring colleges, then your GPA is incredibly important.
  • twobluetwoblue Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Some internships and jobs have a minimum GPA. If you're applying for competitive fields, it will definitely be looked at.
  • MushaboomBlueMushaboomBlue Registered User Posts: 1,715 Senior Member
    For me, very important. I'm applying to graduate school.

    Also, I think it matters for internships like someone said. I think anything above a 3.0 is good. Maybe even greater for more competitive positions.
  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Registered User Posts: 22,762 Senior Member
    Many large companies screen by GPA. If you are below their cutoff, Human Resources will just toss your resume.

    If you have a lot of applicants and the people doing the screening don't know anything about the work that the applicants are doing, screening by things like graduate/undergraduate, GPA, major, etc. is really easy.

    If you can get directly to the hiring manager, or someone in the group, then you may be able to get around GPA requirements.
  • cbugcbug Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    How do they (employers) ask you to prove your GPA? Do they just take you at your word? Or do they ask for transcripts? If so, what percentage do this?
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    They ask for official transcripts (sealed).
  • Deker87Deker87 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    You can be considered for certain scholarships and internships because business and scholarship reviewers realized you a very serious student. I would consider a good GPA at least a 3.5.
  • TheMan777TheMan777 Registered User Posts: 685 Member
    GPA matters. What you define as good GPA is what differs and becomes a trivial argument. If you are an engineering or hard science major, the average will be lower than most liberal arts majors. In addition, every university has different grading standards (which really play a role in overall GPA).

    My feeling is that if you have a 3.0 GPA or above, you shouldn't be too worried. Getting roughly a B in most classes is pretty good and demonstrates a fair amount of knowledge and conceptual understanding. How many points are lost to meaningless silly mistakes... While true, you should limit the amount of those mistakes, they happen in one way or another. If you have decent amounts of work experience/internships, I don't think you will be given any less opportunity than someone who has a 3.5+ GPA, at least in the long run.
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Registered User Posts: 4,590 Senior Member
    Probably more important than your HS GPA. That said, getting a 3.6 rather than a 3.5 is not as big a deal, but in college the GPAs are more distributed and less concentrated right at the top.
  • ChunkyPastaSauceChunkyPastaSauce Registered User Posts: 59 Junior Member
    In addition, every university has different grading standards (which really play a role in overall GPA).

    This is definitely true but unfortunately I'm not sure know how much HR knows/cares about it. From what I can tell GPA requirements for entry jobs are usually fairly hard cuts. For the long run though I agree gpa doesnt matter much (if at all) and experience dominates.
  • ThePrincessBrideThePrincessBride Registered User Posts: 507 Member
    Yup. It is very important for jobs, internships, scholarships, and grad school. So don't **** up!
  • drexelerdrexeler Registered User Posts: 708 Member
    But what about engineering, where it is common to have a C average? Will they look at the college you went to?
  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Registered User Posts: 22,762 Senior Member
    Here's the text from a random Chemical Engineering Internship program that I found using Google:

    The program is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. Applicants must be enrolled in a Chemical Engineering or related program and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Students graduating in or before August 2010 are not eligible. Interested students should submit the completed application form along with the requested supporting materials by March 12, 2010.

    Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina
This discussion has been closed.