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GPA at community college vs. high school GPA

Cardinal FangCardinal Fang Registered User Posts: 15,780 Senior Member
How would a (California) community college GPA be viewed by college admissions officers, compared to a high school GPA? Would a 3.6 at community college be the same as a 3.6 at high school? Weighted or unweighted?
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Replies to: GPA at community college vs. high school GPA

  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    I have a friend who's a college professor and academic advisor. He says that a course grade would be weighted, similar to an AP class. That's dealing with specific course grades, though, and I'm not sure how it would affect an overall GPA.

    My homeschooled kid did some courses via home study, some at the high school (semesters), and some at the local public univ (quarters). It just seemed too complicated to me to try to weight it since neither the high school or the univ. weights anything. I just figured out his GPA with everything on a 4.0 scale, and assumed the college he was applying to could see how challenging his course work was.
  • Cardinal FangCardinal Fang Registered User Posts: 15,780 Senior Member
    Thanks, 'rent. I wasn't wondering so much about how I should weight the courses on the transcript, but how he should pick schools to apply to. Evaluated as a high school GPA, his unweighted GPA isn't that great, 3.5 or something like that. Is that an automatic disqualification for highly selective schools (say, Bowdoin or Haverford)? His scores are solidly in the range for, well, any school. What level should he be looking at?
  • huguenothuguenot Registered User Posts: 514 Member
    Cardinal --

    One option would be to provide a homeschool transcript that weights college level work the same as AP. In our state, the public schools give 5 points for an A in an honors class and 6 for an A in an AP class, where 4 is an A in a normal class. That would accurately reflect that these were college level classes.

    We decided to do a weighted GPA because I knew all the public and private schools in our area did and I wanted the first glance comparison for our child and other students to be similar.

    As far as GPA goes in looking at schools, you could check their average admitted GPA, but it probably has more to do with what other things the student brings to the table - outstanding ECs or athletics or great essays probably would help with a lower GPA (though I don't really see 3.5 as low, especially with challenging classes).
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