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GPA? how is it looked at??

Im currently a junior in high school and this now is just crossing my mind, do colleges add up all 3 or 4 years of GPA and then divide it by a certain number to get an overall high school GPA or is it freshman year is one GPA, sophomore is another GPA, Junior year is another GPA and senior year is the last GPA? #college #school #help #gpa

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Brendan!


Talk to your school counselor about your GPA and how you might be able to raise it. Do you need special tutoring in certain classes? Don't get so hung up on your GPA, but continue to work as hard as you can to get the best grades possible. Talk to you favorite teachers about appropriate career areas. Look into your local community college, as that is a good way to get into the college scene. Many times they have special programs for people whose GPA might not be the best. Many people can get good training at community colleges and get good jobs that pay better than many people get with a 4 year degree. If you decide to get a 4 year degree, all of your credits should transfer. Send thank you notes to those who help you. I would like to help further, so please keep me informed of your progress!

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Christine’s Answer

Hi Brendan,

To answer your question, all four years of high school are considered in your overall GPA that colleges will look at if you decide to apply. So they will accumulate over the four years.

If, for example, you have an extenuating circumstance one semester or one year (e.g., there's a death in the family, you become seriously ill, or something like that) you could make an argument in your college applications that they should look at your GPA excluding that period of time to show a trend is how you typically perform in school, but hopefully you won't have to do that.

Let me know if this does not answer your question. Good luck!
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Simeon’s Answer

Your GPA is looked at as a total. Colleges are considering so many applicants that they can't examine each candidate with that level of detail. It would take weeks to examine the entire population pools GPA by year and create an extensive analysis based off of it.
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