Do you need to raise your GPA? Whatever the reason (like plans on applying to grad school), I have three action steps that can help.
1. Summer Classes
First, if you’re not in your last year, take summer classes. It is easier to get higher grades in the summer. Even though you are required to learn all the information from a regular semester in around eight weeks—a common summer-course length— you’re only responsible for one or two classes. This is nothing compared to a fall or spring class schedule. Focus for eight weeks, increase your GPA, and then enjoy the rest of your summer with these 200 things to do.
Related: GPA hacking for better grades.
2. Online Classes
Online classes are becoming increasingly popular for their accessibility and cost-effectiveness. But students can also take advantage of this option to increase their GPA. With thousands of options at different colleges, it is easier to find classes where you will succeed.
If you really need a grade point average boost, take these classes at a community college. Many students take community college classes to get As, or to get out off taking difficult classes in their regular college. These classes won’t help your strength of schedule, but mixing in a couple to raise your GPA can be worth it.
(Special tip for pre-law students: I know the Law School Admission Council converts an A+ to a 4.33 GPA, so check the community college’s grade distribution first to see if they give out an A+. Then, go get an A+ and improve your GPA.)
3. Extra Classes
Lastly, you can raise your GPA by taking extra classes that are not required for graduation. Only need two classes to graduate? Take four extra courses. But, before you schedule, make sure these classes are financially logical and don’t disrupt your plans. Please, do not take out more loans to barely raise your GPA. Not my point. And definitely don’t say, “Brian, I’m going to enroll in another semester and put off graduation, so I can raise my GPA by 0.03 points.” It’s not worth it!
You can use a GPA Calculator to put in grades for different classes and see how one individual class changes your grade point average. But don’t get too carried away chasing a high GPA if you don’t need one, because here are 5 reasons GPA doesn’t matter in college.
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