Whether you are looking to apply for undergraduate college admissions, graduate school, medical school or law school, your GPA counts. If you have been researching schools and their admissions requirements and realized that your GPA is not going to meet their standards it’s time to determine if you can raise your GPA in the time you have left.
Still in High School?
Are AP/Honors/IB classes hurting your GPA? If your school weights (gives more points to) advanced classes and you are earning a C (3 points), consider taking regular level classes – especially if you are certain you can earn an A (4 points). From this point forward, only take an AP/Honors/IB class if you are certain you can get at least a solid B.
Say you take 2 AP classes and 3 regular classes first semester of your freshman year. If you get C’s in the AP classes, two A’s and one B, your GPA will end up being: 3.4 Sophomore year, you take five regular classes and finish with 4 A’s and a B. Your GPA is now: 3.8 Your cumulative GPA is 3.6.
Undergraduate Looking at Graduate (Non-STEM) or Law School?
If you start paying attention early enough, you can raise your GPA to meet most graduate school admissions’ standards. The fewer credit hours you have earned, the easier it will be to raise your GPA.
If you have a 3.0 GPA and 15 credit hours, by earning straight A’s during your next (15 credit) semester, you can bump your GPA to a 3.5. However, if you have already earned 60 credit hours and have a 3.0 GPA a straight-A semester will only bump your GPA to a 3.2.
Undergraduate Looking at Graduate (STEM) or Medical/Dental School?
While the above advice also applies to you, do not fail to get accurate guidance on your science and/or engineering classes.
These school will pull those classes out to create a science and/or engineering GPA. If you have not earned high-enough grades and adequate credit hours, you may not be admitted even with a strong overall GPA.