4 months ago
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GPA trend for college admissions

Do colleges like to see gpa trend going up from freshman to junior year or maintaining higher gpa (4.0) with harder classes like honors/AP etc…


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4 months ago[edited]

College likes to see in the following order of preference.

1.) Ideally, a 4.0 UWGPA for all 4 years of high school. No Bs.

2.) Next, somewhere in the 3.9-4.0 UWGPA for all for years of high school, so perhaps 1 or 2 Bs, but no Cs or Ds. Maybe you just bombed APChem or APCalc.

3a.) Next, somewhere in the 3.7-3.8 UWGPA with the main dip from COVID-19 due to online learning and no in-class teaching and support. So that might be like Freshman year 4.0, Soph year 3.5, Junior year 3.8 and, now back up to 4.0 as we all head back to on-campus learning.

3b.) Next someone with a 3.5-3.6 who had Bs B+s during Freshman year, then started to get better grades in Soph years like B+s and As, and then continues on a net positive trajectory until now, so a mostly upward trend.

I think most kids have 3a or 3b. The really smart kids have 1 or 2.

The whole idea of the upward trend curve is no longer a viable expectation for college admissions officers because most kids had 3 semesters of online learning at least 1 semester of NO grades. So most kids have the following trend line. EXCELLENT/FAIR/GOOD/EXCELLENT or EXCELLENT/GOOD/GOOD/EXCELLENT. Most have a pronounced dip during their last semester of Sophomore year and Junior year, hoping to make it up during the senior year. So more of a downward sloping GPA with an upward sloping GPA during senior years.

Hope that helps.

4 months ago

from what i have heard, improvement is always good but i believe it looks better to maintain a high gpa from the start and then take harder courses


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