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Why is it important to have a good GPA?

I always wanted to know why is it so important, and what do you even get from it?..

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When students enter high school, they're often told about the importance of achieving a high grade point average. In general, GPA serves as the most comprehensive indicator of a student's overall performance in the classroom during high school – more so than test scores and other metrics, experts say.

A student’s GPA helps determine their admission to college and qualification for various scholarships, among other things like class ranking and merit-based awards. And yet experts say the context of a student's GPA matters as well. Colleges look closely at the rigor of students' course loads and the particulars of the high schools they attended. Often, admissions officers prioritize rigor over grades.

To calculate a GPA, each grade you achieve in every class you take during your high school career is assigned a number between one and four. These numbers for each class are added together, then averaged. To get an average of any set of numbers, add the numbers up and divide the sum by how many numbers you added together. For example, suppose that you achieved an “A” in science, and As are given the number 4. You also received a “B” in math; Bs are assigned the numeric value of 3.

To find the average of the two classes, add 4+3, which is 7. Then, divide 7 by 2 (because of the two classes) to get 3.5. This 3.5 is the average — or in this case, the grade point average — of the two courses.
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Sometimes, in certain colleges, there might be a lot of competition for open positions.

Colleges and universities have a finite number of positions available, and these are saved for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

If there are a lot of students attempting to get these positions, and a large number of applications, the colleges will look to GPA to determine who has the potential to achieve success at their college.

So, it is a way to determine possible academic success in times of high applications.
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Amalya’s Answer

It's important to have high GPA since it represents your academic excellence at university or college. It shows that you've studied well which in its turn means that you were clever and dedicated enough to succeed. Also, when you apply for Master's or any other programs, especially to a competetive one, your GPA can play a crucial role whether you will be accepted or rejected. In general, it can be considered as just a one aspect of your application, but it really matters in academic life and career paths.
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Thomas’s Answer

GPA is practically the only way to show how well you coped with your studies. And while you may perform better in some disciplines, a GPA score can demonstrate the overall situation.

Students with a high GPA get more recognition and have more opportunities available to them. For instance, a good GPA score can help you to apply for a scholarship, enroll in a graduate or post-graduate program, get involved in extra-curricular activities, and join different clubs and organizations...
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