Does Your College GPA Matter?

Instructor: A Ray Tatum

A. Ray has taught junior high, high school and college English and has a master's degree in curriculum.

Depending on whom you ask, college grade point average may or may not be as important as once thought. However, do not be fooled by the hype. GPA is important to getting into college, staying there, securing scholarships and grants, and guaranteeing graduate study entrance.

GPA and Getting into College

Getting into college is never guaranteed. There are community colleges who take everyone regardless of GPA. But it takes a decent GPA to stay in even a junior college. And if your desire is to go to a better four-year institution instead, you can bet that they want to see a good GPA from you just to get in. This is especially true of selective or private schools and those with a high reputation like the Ivy League schools. The course How to Choose a College can help decide which route is best for you and help guide you through the application process.

GPA and Staying Eligible

It's a short drop from academic probation to expulsion for lack of minimum grades and GPA. College is not like high school. No one is making you study or do your homework. There is not one college in America that allows students to return to college semester after semester with poor grades. A low GPA is a sure trip home. If you need help now in preparing yourself for college, including raising your GPA and working on good study skills, the course College Success may be just what you need to turn that corner.

If you are not sure what that minimum GPA is to stay eligible, you should check because each school, grant or scholarship has different academic requirements. If you need to bolster your academic abilities, you can find tons of lessons in a huge variety of college courses that will provide you with additional practice.

GPA and Financing School

Scholarships are often determined by high school grades both locally at graduation and at the college itself. Grants are usually determined by financial need. Both scholarships and grants do not need to be paid back as long as you keep your GPA up in college. And there's the key. You must maintain a good GPA to continue to receive the money for that scholarship or government grant. Colleges just aren't in the habit of passing out money to students who don't have the grades and those who can't keep their grades up. Here is an informative course on financing college and how to apply for scholarships and grants.

GPA and Applying to Graduate School

Students may decide that it is easier to go ahead and get that graduate degree upon finishing their bachelor's. A high GPA is what can get a student into a good graduate school. Master's and doctoral programs look at professor recommendations and GPA. Rarely do professors recommend someone for graduate school who cannot make good grades. A good GPA shows dedication and hard work. Graduate schools thrive on these students who will be future leaders. The lesson entitled Do You Need a Graduate Degree? offers information on many questions you might have about attending graduate school.

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