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06/14/2020 at 06:48PM

Is a 4.432 weighted GPA good for colleges?

I have a 4.432 weighted GPA, and a 3.5 unweighted GPA and I am unsure if that is good or not because everyone at my school has a much higher GPA but I also go to a "smart" school. When I look at what colleges look for a 4.4 GPA seems good but I'm unsure.

@edengetahun06/14/2020 at 08:11PM [edited]

A 4.4 weighted GPA is amazing, don't stress out too much comparing yourself to your classmates! Most colleges do a holistic admissions approach, which means that they don't look at your GPA in a bubble, rather they look at your scores in context to the opportunities you have at your school. Elite institutions want to make sure that you are taking the most challenging course load possible, so taking the APs your school offers and doing well in them looks great.

@edengetahun06/14/2020 at 08:12PM [edited]

*Remember that when you apply to college, you aren't competing with just the people at your school but people from the entire country, an while that may sound intimidating, your 4.4 GPA puts you in a very good place :)

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3 answers

06/15/2020 at 12:09AM[edited]

First of all, you are a good student so you don't need me to tell you that. Next, don't take this answer personally because it's in the context of grades across 10s of thousands of schools and no one grades the same.

The 4.432 is not meaningful as the 3.5 unweighted GPA because you can't compare apples to apples with weighted GPAs. There is a .9432 spread between your unweighted grades versus the weighted grades which shows more grade inflation than typical. Most common are grade inflation spreads around .40 so someone with a 4.0 unweighted might get to a 4.4 if they take all APs and honor classes an get straight As. It's true that every school does grades differently with the range being no weighting at all (so the highest you can ever get is a 100 or a 4.0) or some schools give 6 points for and AP or IB class which leads to serious GPA inflation like 4.8 or 5.3 GPA. A 3.5 is a solid unweighted B+ average, it's not an A-,A average so application readers will have to look deeper into your transcript and see the rigor of your courses to determine whether you get a mulligan (pass) for not having the best grades or whether you just took a lot of honors or AP/IB courses rather than trying to get the best grades in all those classes. It also depends on where you apply. Top elite schools have unweighted GPAs in the 3.9+ range and that's a more important number than any weighted GPA. I've seen videos of kids getting in to near Ivy's with 3.5 GPAs so it just depends on what else your transcript look likes. Since 90% of top schools are going test-optional, it might be a very good ideal for you to find a way to submit a high SAT/ACT or some SAT 2 subject test scores to let the readers know you are good at the core subject areas regardless of GPA. For example if you got your Bs in Math, submit a high Math Score on your ACT/SAT or Subject Tests to make up the gap. Good luck and I hope the advice was received with openness.

06/14/2020 at 09:25PM

So as edengethahun says a 4.4 weighted is really good but some schools calculate gpa differently or just use unweighted or they also use class rank if available. So by itself it is really good in context it might not be as good as you think.

A lot of universities wiegh an applicant from each school together so if you are in State X and university X gets lot of applicants from your schools (holistic) you can get chances lowered assuming it is competitive school assume sub 60% admit rate as selective

06/15/2020 at 08:24PM

This depends on what scale your school uses. You need to convert your scores to a scale out of 4.0, here is a chart you can use to help you do that:

If your UNWEIGHTED gpa is a 3.8 or better you have a pretty good shot at most competitive colleges. Once you know your GPA out of 4 things will be sooooo much easier since literally every university’s listed GPA "requirement” is out of 4. if you need any help comment and I’ll do my best!