A Strong GPAMarch 21st, 2018 by Jim Bell
Along with taking rigorous courses, a strong GPA can be the most important factor in the college admissions process. That is why it is critical to choose the right courses, work hard and do your best throughout high school. Every high school level course factors into your GPA (even high school courses taken during middle school) and starting high school with a low GPA can be very difficult to raise. As I mentioned in a previous article, taking rigorous courses are an important factor as well. This is why it is important to find a balance between strong rigorous courses and maximizing your GPA. While your GPA will play an important role in the college admissions process, an inflated GPA, at the expense of only taking easy courses, can be counter-productive. It can have a negative impact on your academic record. Colleges will perceive that you are underachieving and are not willing to challenge yourself at their school. Plus, it can prevent you from receiving admissions and scholarship opportunities. It is also important to note that taking a rigorous course, in a subject you are not strong in, can have a negative impact since it could potentially lower your GPA in a significant way. My suggestion to you is to find areas you are strong in and take those advanced classes to help maintain your GPA and keep a challenging course load. Every student is different and finding the right balance for you will vary from other students and their needs. When choosing courses for high school, remember to challenge and push yourself with rigorous courses in the subject areas you feel comfortable in and don’t try to over extend yourself in subject areas where you are not strong. This will help you make the most of your high school record and aid in maintaining a solid GPA - while also taking advantage of challenging academic courses.