gpa

Weighted GPA vs. Non-Weighted GPA

December 3, 2010

Brittany has an interesting question today. If a scholarship committee asks for your GPA but doesn’t specify weighted or unweighted, which one should you give ’em? At my high school we are currently on an honors grading scale for majority of our classes. We are given a GPA that is considered to be weighted; when […]

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Honors Classes: Worth the GPA Hit?

October 12, 2010

Monaco’s question has an interesting twist on several subjects we’ve touched on ’round these parts: honors programs, GPA and grad school. I have a long question but I will try to keep it short. Lay it on me. Oh and BTW, before I forget, Monaco is a stellar name. If my wife weren’t so tough […]

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Should You Risk a Lower GPA For More Outside Activities?

July 12, 2010

Meg Hey there Josh, I’m here to fret about my GPA (shocking, yes?) No! I’m about to begin my third year in college and I’ve maintained a pretty decent GPA. After three semesters, I was carried a 3.9. Agreed, that is exceedingly decent. In my fourth semester however, my school work became slightly less of […]

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GPA Questions Answered & How to Get a Job

April 28, 2010

The comments came fast and furious yesterday as I expected after the GPA post, but they were surprisingly less vitriolic than they’ve been in the past. That must be Counselor Buddy’s soothing effect on you. You brought up a lot more varied questions on the GPA topic, so I’m taking today to answer some of […]

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Hard Classes vs. Spotless GPA: What’s Better?

April 27, 2010

You guys seem to like Counselor Buddy, so today you get an extra dose of her! Like me, C-Buddy has acquired over the years a pretty long list of things that students could be doing better to help themselves get into college, and also to win scholarships. Unlike me, however, C-Buddy works face-to-face with high […]

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Scholarships: Community Service Optional? (Counselor Buddy!)

March 31, 2010

I have a friend who’s a high school counselor and, despite how often I complain to her about poorly prepared high school students, still talks to me and seems to like me at least a small amount. Let’s call her “Counselor Buddy” from here on out. Counselor Buddy does a great job advising her students […]

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GPA, Continued: Everyone’s Favorite Sore Spot

March 26, 2010

Nothing quite gets the dander up around these parts like my post about how one’s high school GPA doesn’t matter as much as it used to in terms of getting scholarships. I get more hate mail about that post than my religion post and my hardships post combined. I’m only the messenger, and believe me, […]

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Scholarship Screwup #2: Bore Me With Your GPA

July 21, 2009

Nothing angers the high-ranking students (and their teachers) more than this one, but I’ve some bad news for you, and you’re not going to like it. Are you sitting down? OK, here goes: Your GPA doesn’t really matter that much. If at all. It’s ok, I’ll give you a minute to let it sink in. […]

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Don’t dwell on your GPA – it’s not a point of distinction.

March 26, 2008

Nothing angers the high-ranking students (and their teachers) more than this one, but Uncle Josh has some bad news for you, and you’re not going to like it. However, you do need to accept it because it’s true, and I know it’s true because I write the scholarship checks and your teachers don’t. Are you […]

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