So, you have been given scholarship into College and months and years has passed, you have gotten to some stage in school, but what about when scholarships ask for GPA? Wait? What exactly is GPA?
In this post we will see what GPA is, what to do when scholarships ask for GPA, what if your GPA is low? and much more will be discussed here.
What is a GPA
A GPA is an abbreviation for Grade Point Average, it is a way of measuring one’s academic performance in College according to Study Usa
The GPA is basically used in the United states but it has been successfully adopted by other countries.
Each course in college is assigned a certain ‘unit’ and this unit is an indicator of how important your performance on that course to your overall GPA is.
Let us take an example: If you are a student at Harvard and you have a 4 unit course, and another 2 unit course, if you pass the 4 unit course and even did fairly bad in your 2 unit course, you will have a better score than if you failed the 4 unit course and passed the 2 unit course.
So in summary the higher the unit of the course the more you should focus on it as it will bring you more marks and add to your GPA, this doesn’t mean that you should not read for your other courses.
A GPA Ranges from 1.0 -5.0
The grades that determines your GPA are: A=4, B=3, C=2,D=1 and F=0.
What to do when Scholarships ask for GPA?
I have rarely seen scholarships ask for GPA, but as they say nothing is impossible so we still need to know what to do if we’re asked to provide a GPA.
First let’s understand why they should be asking for your GPA.
Remember in the beginning of this post we said that GPA is a measurement of one’s academic performance, so we should now think about how your academic performance matters to these scholarships.
These scholarships are not looking for people who don’t know anything or who don’t deserve a scholarship so they are looking for the best, students with high GPA so they can get a measure of your academic performance.
Knowing how good you are at school will help them know if you deserve a scholarship or not…. and if they think you do they you stand a chance to get a scholarship,
When Scholarships ask for GPA you are expected to leave your GPA in a 1.0 to 4.0 scale. If you get above 4.0 then you will have to record your GPA as 4.0
You should remember that you should not submit a poor GPA as hat won’t be impressive at all, at the same time we highly discourage faking your GPA, if you score low and you feel you have a chance go ahead, you could make it!!
But how can you calculate your GPA when you don’t have it with you?
How a GPA is Calculated
So now you know what to do when scholarships ask for GPA, but what if you don’t know how to calculate it?
Let’s learn some ways to calculate a GPA.
We said earlier that there are 5 grading points ( A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0]
Each of these grades are used to multiply the number of units we have.
For example if you have Chem 101 as a 4 unit course, and you have an A in that course which is a 4 point grade, and another 3 unit course with a B=3 points
To get your point will be 4*4=16 points, and 3*3=9 points,which is 16+9=25
But GPA= Total Points/No. of units
So GPA= (25)/7= 3.57
That’s how GPA is calculated.
Another way to calculate GPA is to use a GPA calculator.
What is an Weighted GPA and Unweighted GPA?
A weighted GPA is one that takes the difficulty of your classes into account, I call it the Kind GPA, because its considers how hard your classes are and you have a good fit.
An Unweighted GPA is one that doesn’t care about your GPA, it just uses your grades to judge your score, and you academic performance irrespective of how difficult the classes are.
I’d love to know your opinion, which do you like? Weighted or Unweighted GPA?
So far we have seen what you should do when scholarships ask for GPA, and also how to calculate your GPA