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studentathletechristian8
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10/19/2009 6:49:44 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I was just wondering, what do you all consider a good GPA? A high GPA? An excellent GPA? There has been a lot of controversy over the importance of the GPA and its utilization. How about weighted GPA? (Assuming reg class is 4, honors is 5, AP/DE is 6.) Any thoughts?
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10/19/2009 6:51:30 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I consider not worrying too much about something as subjective as GPA a very positive sign for one's intelligence.
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10/19/2009 6:52:39 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
That really depends on what you intend to do with it. It really only matters if you want to go to college. It also matters for what tier are trying to get into. Answer those questions and I'll try to give you an idea as to what is good.
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10/19/2009 6:54:14 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 6:52:39 PM, JBlake wrote:
That really depends on what you intend to do with it. It really only matters if you want to go to college. It also matters for what tier are trying to get into. Answer those questions and I'll try to give you an idea as to what is good.

I am really striving to go to Duke University, and the only way I can go there is on a full-ride scholarship. I really want to do something in the fields of mathematics and science, something like calculus or physics.
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10/19/2009 6:55:50 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 6:51:30 PM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
I consider not worrying too much about something as subjective as GPA a very positive sign for one's intelligence.

Doesn't matter, according to the College Board it is. That means that even people who know that the GPA system is total bullsh!t can't do anything about it and have to play by the rules.
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10/19/2009 6:57:37 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 6:55:50 PM, crackofdawn_Jr wrote:
At 10/19/2009 6:51:30 PM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
I consider not worrying too much about something as subjective as GPA a very positive sign for one's intelligence.

Doesn't matter, according to the College Board it is. That means that even people who know that the GPA system is total bullsh!t can't do anything about it and have to play by the rules.

Worst part is, many teachers have different standards for grading, so a paper that would be an A for one teacher could be a B for the next, and so on. And some teachers take late work, while others do not.
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10/19/2009 6:57:47 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 6:56:05 PM, mongeese wrote:
I hate the requirement to take level courses that only serve to lower my GPA.

Same. I'm guessing yours is aroundd 5.6?
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10/19/2009 6:59:13 PM
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At 10/19/2009 6:55:50 PM, crackofdawn_Jr wrote:
At 10/19/2009 6:51:30 PM, Ragnar_Rahl wrote:
I consider not worrying too much about something as subjective as GPA a very positive sign for one's intelligence.

Doesn't matter
There's a world of difference between asking "For a given college, what GPA should I aim for?" and "What is a good GPA?" out of context.
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10/19/2009 7:01:08 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 6:59:26 PM, theLwerd wrote:
I've never heard of a GPA that goes above 4.0.

Regular class: A=4.0
Honors/Pre-AP class: A=5.0
AP Class: A=6.0
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10/19/2009 7:01:33 PM
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At 10/19/2009 6:59:26 PM, theLwerd wrote:
I've never heard of a GPA that goes above 4.0.

Honors classes and AP classes count as 5.0 and 6.0, respectively, if you get an A. The scale is escalated because the courses are more painstaking and the level of expectation is raised. I personally feel it is just to create the honors and AP classes to have a higher range than regular classes. There is a big difference in work material.
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10/19/2009 7:03:20 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
For a place like Duke with a full ride you are going to probably need no lower than a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score (whichever one you need to take to get there).

If money is an issue, you might consider looking at in-state schools. They usually offer price breaks to residents. Are there any in-state schools as prestigious?
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10/19/2009 7:04:51 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 7:03:20 PM, JBlake wrote:
For a place like Duke with a full ride you are going to probably need no lower than a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score (whichever one you need to take to get there).

I'm assuming a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score is the norm for Due. You're going to need a perfect GPA and a near-perfect SAT if you want anything close to a full-ride. If you can dunk a basketball or run a 4.4 40 yd dash, you can also get a full-ride.
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10/19/2009 7:05:11 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 6:57:47 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 10/19/2009 6:56:05 PM, mongeese wrote:
I hate the requirement to take level courses that only serve to lower my GPA.

Same. I'm guessing yours is aroundd 5.6?

No, we've gotten our first opportuiny to take an AP course this year, so its 4.something. All A's, though.
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10/19/2009 7:05:13 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 7:03:20 PM, JBlake wrote:
For a place like Duke with a full ride you are going to probably need no lower than a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score (whichever one you need to take to get there).

If money is an issue, you might consider looking at in-state schools. They usually offer price breaks to residents. Are there any in-state schools as prestigious?

The only one I would consider is UF, but doing the honors program. I really want to get out of the state of Florida. I much prefer the middle-east and north-east of the country. How about a weighted GPA?
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10/19/2009 7:07:03 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
I go to private school, so we were only allowed to take AP classes starting this year, my junior year. Freshman and sophomore years, I took the highest classes and got a high 4. Last quarter (first quarter of the current school year) the AP classes allowed me to get a high 5.
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10/19/2009 7:07:58 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 7:04:51 PM, Nags wrote:
At 10/19/2009 7:03:20 PM, JBlake wrote:
For a place like Duke with a full ride you are going to probably need no lower than a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score (whichever one you need to take to get there).

I'm assuming a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score is the norm for Due. You're going to need a perfect GPA and a near-perfect SAT if you want anything close to a full-ride. If you can dunk a basketball or run a 4.4 40 yd dash, you can also get a full-ride.

Yes and no. Certainly you are right and 3.8 would be pushing it at Duke. But if you have other things that help you stand out (extra-curricular) then it is okay.
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10/19/2009 7:09:18 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 7:01:08 PM, crackofdawn_Jr wrote:
At 10/19/2009 6:59:26 PM, theLwerd wrote:
I've never heard of a GPA that goes above 4.0.

Regular class: A=4.0
Honors/Pre-AP class: A=5.0
AP Class: A=6.0

Yep. It's called a 4+ GPA system. It encourages honors enrollment.
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10/19/2009 7:14:16 PM
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At 10/19/2009 7:07:58 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 10/19/2009 7:04:51 PM, Nags wrote:
At 10/19/2009 7:03:20 PM, JBlake wrote:
For a place like Duke with a full ride you are going to probably need no lower than a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score (whichever one you need to take to get there).

I'm assuming a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score is the norm for Due. You're going to need a perfect GPA and a near-perfect SAT if you want anything close to a full-ride. If you can dunk a basketball or run a 4.4 40 yd dash, you can also get a full-ride.

Yes and no. Certainly you are right and 3.8 would be pushing it at Duke. But if you have other things that help you stand out (extra-curricular) then it is okay.

I'd like to do something with lacrosse...
I just don't really understand exactly how the scholarship program works.
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10/19/2009 7:19:44 PM
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At 10/19/2009 7:14:16 PM, studentathletechristian8 wrote:
At 10/19/2009 7:07:58 PM, JBlake wrote:
At 10/19/2009 7:04:51 PM, Nags wrote:
At 10/19/2009 7:03:20 PM, JBlake wrote:
For a place like Duke with a full ride you are going to probably need no lower than a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score (whichever one you need to take to get there).

I'm assuming a 3.8 and an impressive SAT or ACT score is the norm for Due. You're going to need a perfect GPA and a near-perfect SAT if you want anything close to a full-ride. If you can dunk a basketball or run a 4.4 40 yd dash, you can also get a full-ride.

Yes and no. Certainly you are right and 3.8 would be pushing it at Duke. But if you have other things that help you stand out (extra-curricular) then it is okay.

I'd like to do something with lacrosse...
I just don't really understand exactly how the scholarship program works.

Look at all the scholarships available through the school; look at ones that may be offered by the state (WV has some, I don't know about NC). See if you qualify for any of them. Apply for them. You could try contacting their Lacrosse team's recruiters.

Talk to your school councilors about scholarship opportunities. They should be able to help you find ones for which you are qualified.
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10/19/2009 7:56:41 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
That's how your system is weighted? Day-um. I just get .025 added to my GPA for every successfully completed (Non-F) AP course. If I take approx. 6 honors courses in my 4 years, I graduate 'with honors'.

Man, If I had the 4-5-6 system I'd be owning. 4.46 last year, 4.69 (yeaaahhhhh!) this year. At my school, 4.5-.6 is the intellectual elite + surefire bid at valedictorian.
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10/19/2009 8:20:06 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
At 10/19/2009 7:56:41 PM, ToastOfDestiny wrote:
Man, If I had the 4-5-6 system I'd be owning. 4.46 last year, 4.69 (yeaaahhhhh!) this year. At my school, 4.5-.6 is the intellectual elite + surefire bid at valedictorian.

I mean, it wouldn't make any difference. A college is going to take into account your rigor, anyway. And if your school did an above-4.0 scale, then everyone you're competing with anyway would also be bumped up.

I have the 4.0 system too.
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10/20/2009 5:12:00 AM
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We have the 4.0 system too. I'm with toast, if we had the 4-5-6 system my GPA would be crazy high. It's like a 3.8 weighted, but I have straight A's currently with the quarter ending next Friday.

Over the last three years, I've taken 18 IB/Pre-IB Classes and 3 AP's.