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Do colleges look more towards weighted or unweighted GPA?


I'm a junior and I was just wondering because my weighted GPA looks much, much more impressive!


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99.9% of colleges look at your unweighted GPA.

The reason for that is that almost every high school calculates weighted GPAs differently.

Some HS students have a 4.00 UWGPA and a 4.00 WGPA or a 4.5 WGPA or 5.75 WGPA even though they take the same classes.

Sticking to a UWGPA allows all college admissions offices to compare and contrast applicants from all over the country and International students as well.

So if you are trying to get into an elite or IVY college you will still need to get your UWGPA up to say the 3.85-3.95 range to be considered.

Good luck.

A small addendum is that some schools will just recalculate your GPA to their system like UCs while some schools (usually less selective schools that are likely public) will consider either but default to UW.
I've also heard that a lot of schools weigh more weight on what's written on your transcript before they recalculate GPA on their own terms.
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Usually, it would depend on what your school places on your transcripts. If they put both down, then the college will probably consider both. Some colleges do only consider unweighted GPA, and that's an unfortunate reality for the people who challenge themselves with higher-level courses but do not get as perfect grades as they would have with lower-level courses. However, because colleges do get your transcript, they'll get the important gist - that you're taking high-level classes and succeeding at them. That's really what colleges want to see. I hope this answered your question. Good luck with applications in December!

WGPA isn’t consider its class rigor and gpa not WGPA. I don’t get what’s “unfortunate”. Also don’t ask for accepted answers:
There is nothing unfortunate about colleges creating a level playing field for all applicants. That's like saying it's okay for some people to use violent protest and threaten the process of electing a President because they don't like the fact that more people had access to use their voice and submit a ballot this year. Some people like it better when a flawed system benefits them.
I'm sorry it came off that I thought the whole UGPA and class rigor instead of WGPA system was unfortunate. I really meant that the practice is unfortunate for those who have really rigorous classes but get a lower UGPA because of it. I actually think the system of UGPA and class rigor is a good way to evaluate students in their own context and compare them effectively. Again, I'm really sorry if I didn't express myself clearly enough and I'll try to be clearer in future answers.
Also, regarding asking for accepted answers, I've already edited it out of my previous answer and will be sure not to say that in any of my future answers. This is the first and only time I've included that in an answer, so I'm happy you informed me that I shouldn't be doing that before I got too far. I'm just a bit new to the Q&A platform, so I wasn't sure what was acceptable or not. I apologize for my mistake, and thanks again for the note!