Which GPA is better? 4.125 weighted or 3.68 unweighted?
I have a weighted GPA of 4.125 and an unweighted GPA of 3.68. Is that considered good? I have taken 5 AP classes so far and I am not sure how colleges will look at that because my grades are not the best. Will better colleges look at my grades if they are not as great and will they mostly look at unweighted or weighted?
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Grades without context do not mean anything to anyone here or application readers. If you are applying to a competitive college where the 25%/75% GPAs are like 3.4/3.6 and the weighted GPAs are 3.7/4.00 then you have great grades for that school. But if you are applying to a top 25 college than your grades are less than average. You can easily see what the average GPA for every school on your list is if you google search them. Also, the spread between UGPA and WGPA is .45 which means you did take some weight classes like honor or APs and got some As in them which is good. But you didn't take as many as some other students. You have a 92% GPA which is an A- so that's better than most. After you do your GPA research you will know where you stand in relation to others for your Target and Reach schools. Also, remember that most colleges use UGPA because that's like comparing apples to apples versus a weighted GPA. If a college had 3 students with 3.68 UGPA the could figure out who is the better student if they submitted a 3.91, 4.125, 4.31 WGPA. They would also factor in the course rigor as well and how many weighted classes created the GPA. But even though 4.125 sounds better it doesn't mean it's better, depending on the context of what it's being used for. One thing I noticed watching youtube videos is that some kids have crazy high GPAs like 5.3 or 5.1 or 4.94 and that's because their school uses GPA inflation. They give out a 6 for an AP or IB class, and 5 for honors. Other schools give out a 4.5 for a honors or 5 for AP, while others still have no additional weighting so a 3.9 out of a maximum 4.0 is quite remarkable. Best of luck in your college admissions journey.
To sum it up, here are my suggestions…
1) your grades are taken into context of YOUR SCHOOl’s grading scale and what classes they offer. they look at your UW gpa but also take a look at the rigor/intensity of your transcript (i.e. how many AP or Honors classes you took). they compare this to how many your school teaches/offers, so if you only took 2 aps but your school only teaches 4 you look better than someone who took 5 but their school taught 13 or 14.
2) to put it into the Collegevine chancing calculator tool and to compare in general YOUR GPA IS OUT OF 4.0 and you are using UNWEIGHTED. that is what colleges compare you for. make sure that you are using your UW gpa out of a 4.0 scale, if you don’t have it out of 4 already here is a good converter: https://www.pdx.edu/asian-studies/sites/www.pdx.edu.asian-studies/files/Attachment8_GPA_Conversion_Table.pdf
3) every college has their own minimum “requirement” or “cutoff” for gpa so just asking “is this good” really doesn’t help us try to answer your question unless you indicate which universities you’re interested in. go to the collegevine "find schools” too and look there for details of the average GPA for the school you’re interested in. If your GPA is above or equal to the average GPA then you are in good standing, if it is below average then you will run into trouble and you need to raise it up
also… make sure to specify your grade/age in future questions so we can get a better understanding of your situation!! :)