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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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Is a 4.0 GPA the goal in high school if I want to get into a good college?

Okay so I’m trying to figure out if aiming for a 4.0 GPA is really necessary. Is a 4.0 unweighted GPA really that important for getting into a top college, or should I focus more on the classes I'm taking and overall balance?

7 months ago

I understand the pressure to attain that perfect GPA. While a 4.0 GPA is an impressive accomplishment, it isn't the sole factor in college admissions—especially at top institutions that review applications holistically. Admissions officers consider the rigor of your coursework, so prioritizing challenging classes, like AP or IB courses, is essential. They showcase your academic ambition and readiness for college-level work. Strive for a balance; excel in challenging courses while maintaining a strong GPA, but don't overload yourself to the point of burnout or letting your grades slip. Remember, a slightly lower GPA in the context of a more challenging curriculum can be more impressive than a perfect GPA in less strenuous classes.

It's also pivotal to be engaged outside the classroom with extracurriculars that demonstrate passion and leadership. Balance is key—aim for strong performance in rigorous classes while also ensuring you have time to commit to meaningful activities and self-care. Always consult your counselor to tailor your course load to your capabilities and aspirations. Good luck and don't stress too much about your GPA!

7 months ago

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