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Grades and GPAs: What does GPA mean?

Guys, this might be a basic question, but as a junior starting the college process, I want to be sure about everything. What does GPA actually stand for? And why is it such a big deal in college applications?

4 days ago

GPA stands for Grade Point Average. It is a measure of a student's academic achievement at a high school or college/university. Essentially, it's an average of all the grades you've earned in your courses, and typically it's calculated on a scale of 0.0 to 4.0, although some schools use other scales.

This number is considered significant in college applications because it gives admissions officers an understanding of your academic performance over a span of time, as opposed to a single test or class, ensuring them about your consistent performance. It's also a helpful tool for comparing applicants from the same high school, from where the rigor of courses and grading policies are predictable. However, keep in mind that it's just one part of your application—your classes, extracurriculars, essays, and more also play a vital role.

In simpler terms, your GPA is like a movie trailer—it gives colleges a glimpse of your academic story and potential. They will certainly want to delve deeper, but your GPA is often the first academic aspect they see.

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