How Do I Calculate My Real GPA?

Your GPA is the most important aspect of your college application. Do you know how to calculate it the way that college admissions officers do? Is your GPA inflated and full of fluff? Or does it reflect academic rigor? Learn the facts.

Which Is More Important–Grades or Extracurricular Activities?

Colleges value extracurricular activities in the admissions process. But they value good grades even more.

Grades and GPA Don’t Necessarily Reflect Knowledge

Does your GPA reflect the knowledge you gained in a class? The answer, according to an article recently published by the Association of Middle Level Education, is probably not. Teachers rely on grade point averages for the sake of simplicity, not because these averages reflect mastery of material.

Community College and PSEO Classes Can Lead to University Success

For students who want to both save money and prepare for college success, consider taking college classes while still in high school. You may even get into Harvard (or at least the flagship public university in your state)!

Evaluating Your High School Transcript

The New York Times published a piece written by the director of admission at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, offering insider tips about how admissions folks read high school transcripts.  The entire article is worth a read, but here are the tips. • Avoid being a “GPA protector.” Don’t play it […]

Class Rank, Weighted and Unweighted GPA, and the "Education Race"

[ad id=12335] It’s time to declare a moratorium on class ranking. One of my most popular post is on the difference between weighted and unweighted GPA, and the phenomenon of class rank.  I get scads of comment on that post, and on other similar ones. Today I received one from a distraught parents whose daughter […]