Scholarships and the GPA

<p>When a scholarship asks for your GPA on a 4.0 scale, would you give the weighted or unweighted one?</p>

<p>:) Thanks!</p>

<p>It depends because of the difference in curriculums. Some schools do not offer AP's some students take a lot of AP's for the boost.</p>

<p>Think of it as unweighted then you know you have met the minimum</p>

<p>Report both the weighted and unweighted GPA. Then the scholarship committee will have both and can use whichever is the standard they use.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, there's only one slot for the GPA and it's online so I cannot report both. I've been reporting my unweighted one so far (3.4) but my weighted is so much better (3.9).</p>

<p>:p I think I will just report my weighted.</p>

<p>If they don't specify which one that they want, then I would give them the higher one on a 4.0 scale.</p>

<p>Please do yourself a favor and don't put the weighted average in the online blank. E-mail the school on Monday morning. I am sure they will tell you very quickly which one to use. It would be quite embarrassing to guess wrong.</p>

<p>It's not a school sponsored scholarship but one I found on fastweb. Does this matter?</p>

<p>Your school transcript will be weighted, so why not use that one?</p>

<p>Your high school prepares and sends with your transcript a school "profile" which if done correctly gives the reader information about your school, the courses offered, the grading system, how the GPA and class rank are calculated, and what category of classes are included in such calculations. From horror stories I have heard on ths board, I entreat you to check what your school is sending for accuracy and clarity. </p>

<p>One poster was chagrined to find out on Child Two that their school had a mondo bizarro weighting structure that "lowered" the gpa from the unweighted number. Probably didn't help Child One much, huh? What does a particular private scholarship expect GPA to mean? I have no clue. Colleges otoh expect the GPA to be UW, especially the more selective schools.(The answer to the obvious question is-if selective college A is reviewing the coursework of a student who did not avail themselves of the most rigorous coursework possible at their high school, the chances are good that they willl round file that app before bothering to look at , much less recalculate, the GPA. They are not idiots. If your school offered twenty ap courses and you took Personal Hygiene, Ballroom Dancing, and Matchstick Math, you are not making the first cut at selective colleges regardless of your 4.0.)</p>

<p>For the college provided scholarships, I have no choice but to sent my unweighted and weighted GPA but for things like scholarships online found by, how will they know the difference between competitivre or uncompetitive schools? I don't believe they will, unfortunately.</p>



<p>That poster was me. The school has since reviewed and changed their formula for computing weighted GPAs. They realized that the way the were doing it was not consistent with practice from other schools or our state university system...and it was NOT doing their kids any favors when someone was reviewing a transcript and noted that a kid had a lower weighted GPA. It made it seem that the student was not taking a very aggressive courseload. That has now changed to better reflect the weight of the student courseload. DS did not get accepted at U of Maryland despite having SAT of 1320 (with a 730 verbal, 590 math). His weighted GPA was lower than his unweighted and we now think that in a large University like that the view of his transcript did not seem to reflect his aggressive courseload (all AP and Honors courses in 11th and 12th grade). The lower weighted GPA made it seem like he was taking remedial course. HAVING SAID THAT....many colleges compute GPA themselves anyway using their own formula.</p>

<p>I remembered it was you. It is still such a sobering story to me. Goodness. It is one of many reasons I continuously harp on folks to verify what the school is sending, or failing to send.Your's is probably the most dramatic example I have.</p>

<p>I'm so sorry to hear that thumper1 :/ </p>

<p>Yes, I will keep that in mind. I have an exact copy of my transcript that contains both my grades and coursework throughout the entire career of high school that they gave me before the college process so I could look it over. I will have to say all schools should do the same. The unweighted and weighted are significantly different but weighted helps and unweighted doesn't hurt (it stays the same as weighted if you have no honors or AP courses).</p>