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How important is my GPA in the subject I want to major in when deciding a major?


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Chuck’s Answer

Eventually you will see GPA has very little bearing on important academic decisions. I would say never let a "too low" of a GPA bar you from doing what you are truly interested in.

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RAVI’s Answer

High School GPA as an overall number is critical to get into good colleges and more in-demand departments and majors. Individual subject GPA is also important with in the subject you are going to major in, to get into the major.

I do not have any specific data to back up my statements above. It is based on my two children's college admissions process that I went through.

Once you get into a major in the college of your dreams, it is probably forgotten for ever as long you are continuing in that field.
Additionally, it is also important on how you develop, what you learn and how well you learn, and most importantly how well you market yourself either to get a job of your choice or create a job for yourself/business for yourself. GPAs do not play much role at all.

It is also not critical to get a degree from the best college, if you market yourself well and make a career for yourself. In state public university will do. For e.g: I know quite a few kids who graduated from Rutgers and doing phenomenally well compared to many highly recognized private colleges within my friends circle.

Best wishes for your success

RAVI recommends the following next steps:

Work hard, learn well
Learn how to market yourself.
Network with people in your field - linked in, in college, faculty and industry.

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi,
GPA in a specific subject is not usually a measure that colleges consider at the major level. Your overall GPA is used for admission to the college in general, including as others mentioned, if you transfer from one school to another during your time in college. GPA is also an indicator for things like graduating with honors. Straight A's in a subject does not mean that you are good at it nor does a low GPA mean that you are poor at doing the work. You need to consider doing well overall as all subjects in college will help you with any job that you do. Overall, I believe if you are passionate about your major, you are going to do very well wherever you choose to go to college.

Good luck with selecting your college.

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Celeste’s Answer

Hello Christie, speaking from personal experience my high school gpa was only a major factor when trying to get into colleges. My gpa did not dictate much when it came to selecting a major once I was accepted into the college. However if the particular major your trying to go into is extremely competitive or impacted (the number of applicants received, exceeds the number of available spaces) then your gpa may play a more vital role.

Celeste recommends the following next steps:

Set an appointment with the college counselor for the major your interested in.

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RAVI’s Answer

High School GPA as an overall number is critical to get into good colleges and more in-demand departments and majors. Individual subject GPA is also important with in the subject you are going to major in, to get into the major.

I do not have any specific data to back up my statements above. It is based on my two children's college admissions process that I went through.

Once you get into a major in the college of your dreams, it is probably forgotten for ever as long you are continuing in that field.
Additionally, it is also important on how you develop, what you learn and how well you learn, and most importantly how well you market yourself either to get a job of your choice or create a job for yourself/business for yourself. GPAs do not play much role at all.

It is also not critical to get a degree from the best college, if you market yourself well and make a career for yourself. In state public university will do. For e.g: I know quite a few kids who graduated from Rutgers and doing phenomenally well compared to many highly recognized private colleges within my friends circle.

Best wishes for your success

RAVI recommends the following next steps:

Work hard, learn well
Learn how to market yourself.
Network with people in your field - linked in, in college, faculty and industry.

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Dennis’s Answer

Christie -

HS GPA is really a gauge for Colleges and meeting Admission standards - The only other way it would play a role again would really be if you were transferring to another College/School.

Good Luck to you!

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David’s Answer

Your high school, or other, GPA is only used by the next school/college/university to determine if you are accepted for enrollment. It doesn't follow you unless you change school choices.

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Carol’s Answer

Hey there!

with everything being so competitive, your GPA is one way you are measured...Obviously, they will look at much more to make sure you are a well rounded person, but GPA in your specified field will be a factor.

I think if you give it your all and do the best you can, it will all work out..

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Kelsey’s Answer

Hi Christie! While your GPA is an important indicating factor in your mastery of a subject, it is not everything. I would try your best to earn the best marks possible, but not stress if you don't have perfect marks. Your high school GPA is used to help you get into university and then your GPA during your time in college will help you more if you decide to apply for a graduate program but companies will ask for your GPA to take into account when hiring you. Basically, do the best you can but don't stress out too much about having a perfect GPA!

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Chrissy’s Answer

What counts more than your GPA in the subject is your interest in it. It's going to be difficult to put your efforts into something you don't have an interest in studying further.

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