What is a Good GPA?

A good GPA helps in getting into your dream college, 3.0 - 4.0 is considered to be a good GPA if you would wish to get into an elite class institutions. Learn more about your GPA in detail.

Updated by Selva Kumar on 5th October 2020

Good GPA, ExamMany of the college and school students would be worrying about what is a Good GPA, how many students have a good GPA, what role do they play in your academics, how to get a good GPA, and many more questions.

Generally, 3.0 - 4.0 is considered to be a good GPA. Any top college would want their students to hold A for the admission purpose. However, you'll also be accepted into the college if you are somewhere in 2.5 - 3, but not into any top tier institutions.

A good GPA can not be explained by a general definition, but a good GPA can be determined by comparing your grades with National Average GPA if your grade is higher than that it can be called as a good GPA, sometimes it depends on few factors such as your desired college, or programs and courses that we choose, each may demand a different range of GPA, only based on that a Good GPA can be defined.

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What is a good GPA?

A good GPA will help you to get financial aid in your college or university. A good GPA will determine your eligibility for financial aid and scholarship programs. You will lose all these facilities if you fall below the average GPA which is usually 2.0.  You can miss out on an opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, or clubs, or communities, etc. if your academics score is not up to the mark. 

  • A good GPA depends on your personal and academic objectives and on the university and study program you choose.

  • Usually, a GPA of 3.0 - 3.5 is considered good at many high schools, colleges, and universities.

  • Top academic institutions usually want a student with GPAs higher than 3.5.

  • If you have a lower or below-average GPA, you can still enroll at certain universities, but you might not be eligible for financial aid or other support programs and services.

Why is GPA important?

Things you should remember about  GPA, because it is really important for your future, It is evidence of your academic achievement. GPA is important because it is the only thing that demonstrates their intellectual ability as well as measures the number of efforts they have put into their knowledge and education. In many ways, your GPA is the key used to unlock other exciting things during your study. When organizations want to know what kind of student you are – whether you’re a hard-working, ambitious student, or a slacker who is not good in his or her coursework – they will look for your GPA. Organizations, scholarship committees, clubs, and universities want high-achieving, hard-working students; so, they want someone with a high GPA.

How is the GPA calculated?  

This GPA is basically an averaged score which is calculated by adding all the grades multiplied by the credit hours for the subject. The total is divided by the total credit,

In simple terms:

GPA Formula

GPA = (Grades * Credits) / Credits

GPA can be calculated by two methods

  • Simple GPA

  • Weighted GPA

Simple GPA

It is the easiest form of grade calculation, where numbers are assigned to the letter grade, that is your total grades added together and divided by the total number of credit hours scored or classes you have attended. Such as

Grade

GPA

Points

A

4.0

90-100%

B

3.0

80-89%

C

2.0

70-79%

D

1.0

60-69%

F

0.0

<60%

 For example, if a student is enrolled in five classes in one semester, in which four of his classes are 3-credit and the remaining one class is 2-credit,(here the credit refers to the hours of each class), then the total credit of that student will as follows

4 classes * 3 credit = 12

1 class * 4 credit = 4

Total credit hours = 16 for the semester.

In that case, that student earns grades in the following order:

Credit hrs

Grade

Total Credit hrs

Class 1 - 3 credit hrs

A

12

Class 2 - 3 credit hrs

B

9

Class 3 - 3

Credit hrs

B

9

Class 4 - 3 Credit hrs

C

6

Class 5 - 4  Credit hrs   

A

12

When the total credit hours and numbers are calculated, they are added and divided by the total credit hours for the semester such as

Total points= (12+9+9+6+12)=48 points

Total credit hours =16

GPA will be; 48/16=3.0, the result being 3.0 for the semester for that student.

Sometimes it can be a bit confusing, like some schools which include “+” and “-” in the grading system such as 

A+, A-, B+, B-, and so on so forth. But this type of grading system doesn’t have a generalized calculation method, it depends on each institution and the institutionalized board.

Weighted GPA

The credit hours and the credits for the subject are important in calculating grades, but when it comes to the Weighted GPA method, the credit of the subject plays a crucial role. In this method, the GPA depends on the number of credits each course values when compared with other courses, for example, let’s say, A student has the following subjects in that semester.

Class

Credits

Grades

Calculus

3

A(4.0)

History

3

B+(3.3)

French

2

B(3.0)

Chemistry

2

A(4.0)

Mathematics

4

A+(4.4)

Physical Education

1

C(2.0)

Total

15

 

The aforementioned table shows you that the student earned 15 credits for the year. Here though calculus and history both have the same credits calculus has higher grades because it has got higher value than the other.

Each accredited institution can allocate credits for the subjects and grading method.

You may also read: What is an unweighted GPA and how to calculate it?

Weighted vs Unweighted GPA

How to get a good GPA?

A good GPA or a high  GPA depending on your perception always helps you in many areas such as in your future career, in making money, further education and etc. Earning a good GPA is not as simple as you think, but the effort to gain a good GPA is completely worth though.

Here a few tips that will help you score good GPAs.

1. Be Regular to class 

  • This statement may sound a bit underrated and obvious, but the surprising fact is that attending classes regularly, leads you to score a good GPA than any other students even if he/she is an overachiever. It’s because you get a more detailed explanation via the interaction that happens between the professor and the students.
  • You will be more active and aware of any last moment announcements.

  • Along with the aforementioned perks, there is still one more, that is you get to the professor’s attention gradually if you are regular, which creates a perception in the professor’s mind that the specific student is interested in learning. Being irregular to classes tempts the lecturer, and trust me you don’t want to piss him off.

2. Be Organized

  • If you think you have all the time in the world, then you can study day and night and still score nothing, or you can wisely plan out your schedule, be organized and study for just a few hours and score so well in your test’s.

  • Being organized makes things easy for you, it dramatically reduces the time and effort you spend on your confused thoughts. You can utilize your saved time for something else maybe productivity or leisure time depends on your perception.

3. Study Hard and Smart

  • One of the most common mistakes that every student makes is that they try to gobble up the entire portion at the last moment just before the exams, never do that, learn on daily, or at least on the weekly basis. It makes things way much easier and effective.

  • Studying on a daily or weekly basis, you can gradually learn everything by the examinations. You don’t have to leave choices and mourn at the last moment.

  • Make use of your college library, you get books and a peaceful environment comes in handy. You won’t be distracted by your roommates.

4. Stay Focused

  • When it comes to group work, you are in luck if you get surrounded by a bunch of smart people, but that doesn’t happen every time. But don’t worry you can beef up your study habits by using your time effectively, If you can’t manage the project pr study all alone you can talk to your professor, he will be more than happy to help you.

  • Sometimes talking to a professor can be tough, especially if you are an introvert. But you will get used to it, all you need to do is start the habit of speaking up, questioning. It not only clears your doubt but also helps you create a good impression towards the professor or lecturer and helps you gain more GPA, just the fact aforementioned.

GPA Average

Defining and determining what is a good GPA depends on the type of institution you are looking for, whether it can an Accredited University or Government aided university. As well as it also depends on the type of program and course you are looking for such as a Bachelor’s degree or Associate degree and it also depends on the majors that we choose.

Above all, a good GPA can be generally defined by comparing your grade with the National Average GPA, The average GPA for female students is 3.10, on the other hand, the average GPA for male students is 2.90.

If your GPA score is more than the National Average score, then it is a good GPA if your school/University uses a weighted average GPA, that might leave a wrong impression on you mentally, but brace yourself and work hard for good and high GPA, that will lead you into most of the colleges, Having a backup is actually a good idea, so in case if you couldn’t get high GPA, then don’t worry you can always find your suitable college available for your GPA.

Colleges and their GPA Acceptance Rate.

Colleges that accept students with a high GPA.

Colleges

Average GPA

Acceptance Rate

Carleton College

3.861

21%

Cornell University

3.862

14.9%

Williams College

3.864

17%

Washington and Lee University

3.865

18.4%

UCLA

3.865

22%

Yale University

3.866

6.5%

College of William and Mary

3.871

33.2%

Washington University in St.Louis

3.874

15.6%

Barnard College

3.874

20.5%

Whitman College

3.878

57%

Dartmouth College

3.880

10.3%

Georgetown University

3.884

17%

Brown University

3.885

8.5%

UC Berkeley

3.885

18%

University of Notre Dame

3.887

22.3%

Stanford University

3.888

5.1%

Princeton University

3.890

7%

Rice University

3.892

16.7%

Swarthmore College

3.892

14.3%

University of Virginia

3.894

30%

University of Pennsylvania

3.894

9.9%

Duke University

3.911

13.4%

Harvey Mudd College

3.919

18.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.924

8.2%

California Institute of Technology

3.933

10.6%

Colleges that accept students with a low and average GPA.

Colleges

GPA

Acceptance Rate

Indiana University Northwest

3.03

80%

Louisiana State University Shreveport

3.29

81%

Penn State Hazleton

3.16

94%

SUNY Cobleskill

3.00

94%

Texas A&M Corpus Christi

3.26

87%

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock

3.21

59%

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

3.37

93%

The University of Illinois at Chicago

3.31

76%

The University of Louisiana at Monroe

3.43

72%

The University of Maine at Presque Isle

3.00

92%

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

2.93

54%

The University of Michigan at Flint

3.4

65%

University of Minnesota Crookston

3.21

78%

University of Missouri Kansas City

3.38

57%

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

3.55

81%

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

3.31

51%

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

3.51

83%

The University of Texas at Tyler

3.38

65%

University of Washington Tacoma

3.29

86%

University of Wisconsin Parkside

3.09

80%

You may read: Apply for college with a low GPA

Conclusion 

College is not easy. It always takes more work and time than high school to score a good GPA. But by following these few tips listed above you can work well in your semesters. 

Always remember that your GPA is important and it will follow you the rest of your life. Keep working hard for a higher GPA.  But it’s also important to gain some knowledge and experience from your college life. Don’t get stressed about GPA, just try your best. 

Remember, your GPA is important but it’s not everything so work hard and enjoy your journey as well!!

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