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What is the preferred GPA format (weighted or unweighted) for the Common App?

As I work on my Common App, I'm feeling a bit uncertain about whether to use my weighted or unweighted GPA. Is there a preferred format that colleges look for, or does it vary by institution? Any insights or recommendations on this matter would be incredibly helpful!

a year ago

I understand your uncertainty about which GPA format to use on your Common App. While the preference for weighted or unweighted GPA can vary by institution, many colleges tend to prefer the unweighted GPA, as it's standardized (usually on a 0.0 to 4.0 scale) and allows for easier comparison among applicants from different high schools.

It's a good idea to research the specific requirements for each college you're applying to, as they may have their own preferences or guidelines on how to report your GPA. You can find this information on the college's admissions website or by contacting their admissions office.

Keep in mind that in addition to your self-reported GPA on the Common App, colleges will also receive your high school transcript, which includes information about your coursework, grades, and your school's grading system. This allows admissions officers to evaluate your academic performance in the context of the opportunities available at your school and the rigor of your coursework.

When completing your Common App, be sure to report your GPA accurately and honestly, and focus on presenting a well-rounded application that highlights your achievements, strengths, and potential. By being thorough and attentive in your application, you'll be well-prepared for the college admissions process.

a year ago

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