Hi, I currently have a 3.5 GPA. I want to at least bring it to a 3.8 or a 3.9 if possible. This upcoming semester I am to be a junior and I will be taking 4 college classes on top of three honor courses. Do you think this will bring my GPA back up?
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It could bring your GPA back up as long as you get good grades in those classes. If you don't think you could make As in those classes, it will hurt your GPA (which I am assuming is unweighted).
I realize you have already accepted an answer but that answer is incorrect. You do not have enough time to get your UWGPA to get back to a 3.8-3.9 even if you get straight As during the regular school year.
You will have to submit your UWGPA on the Common app during your 7th semester of High School either applying Early Decision/Action or Regular Decision. If you apply for ED/EA, that means you will only have 3 full years of HS to report and possibly 1 quarter since the deadline is Nov.1. If your 12th-grade quarter is not over by Nov.1, then you just have 3 years of transcripts. If you apply RD, then you will have 3.5 years of HS transcripts to report, or worst case 3.25 years because some semesters are not over by Jan 1. in HS.
So you see the math problem right? If you need a 3.8-3.9 ( for argument's sake, a 3.85 taking the middle), the only way you get that average is over a longer period of time. If you have between a 3.5-3.6 (3.55 middle) for 2 years and then a 4.0 for 2 full years, that only gets you to (3.55+4.0.)/2 = 3.775 correct? After 4 full years.
Since you only have somewhere between 3.00-3.50 years of transcripts to report when you apply to colleges, you fall short of that. You will be somewhere between a 3.68-3.75 depending on how many classes you normally take each term (somewhere between 6 and 8 is normal).
To get closer to a 3.8 or above it, you will have to take either some online college classes or in-person community college courses over the next summer. I would say 2 minimum and possibly one during the school year. If you are determined to submit over a 3.8, it's a doable plan. Many HS students take online classes to augment their course rigor and prop up their GPA.
Make sure if you take that path that you have the approval of your HS counselor to count it toward your GPA first before you enroll. It's much harder to expect them to count these courses toward your GPA after you have taken them.
Hi! I am also a rising junior so I understand your struggle. The short answer is that it's up to you.
The problem with GPA is that some schools do weighted (and each school even calculates that differently) and some do unweighted. If your school only does unweighted GPA and you think that you might struggle in the classes, then I would suggest dropping one. If you can handle it, then go ahead and challenge yourself! Now, if your GPA is weighted, then it would definitely help if you took higher-level classes (as long as you have a decent enough grade).
Also, make sure that the AP classes are of subjects that you like. If you are not particularly interested, it would be better to just get a higher grade in a normal class. AP classes are hard work, and a boring class makes it even worse.
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