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Are Straight A’s in College Necessary?

The question of whether getting straight A’s college is necessary has been debated for a long time, and what it comes down to are your ultimate goals. If you want to go to med school or grad school to eventually work for a fortune 500 company, then your undergraduate GPA will definitely matter. If you don’t plan on going further than a bachelor’s degree, your GPA is hardly looked at by employers – unless you earned some type of awards that are listed on your resume. Even then, employers don’t generally care whether you got a 3.0 or a 4.0 – what matters is your experience.

Work experience relevant to the jobs you are applying for are far more valuable than a degree (that doesn’t have the GPA on it) with little to no experience. Having a degree does matter, but what comes along with earning the degree is what employers like to see – like clubs or organizations you were in, internships you had, and people you have met along the way that can vouch for you. As long as you are capable of doing an exceptional job for the company, the grades you earned along the way don’t really matter.

If you aspire to gain admittance to a top graduate school, then your GPA matters a lot. Top graduate schools have highly competitive admission standards, and GPA is only one of the things they consider.

Your GPA can also matter if you are receiving scholarships or financial aide. Some require you to have a certain GPA in order to qualify to receive the funding. There are many different scholarships and requirements for financial aide, so it really depends on your situation.

Another time when your GPA comes into play is when you are trying to gain admittance into a certain program, or declare you major. For instance, most universities’ business programs require above a 3.0 in order to be declared a business major and take upper division courses. Each program or major differs from school to school, so make sure you are aware of the requirements when it comes time to declare.

To answer this age-old question, it really depends on what your goals are. Take some time to consider your options, and what you really want to do in college before you make any quick decisions. To be safe, you should probably try and keep your grades up through your first two years, in case you end up choosing a major down the road that requires a relatively high GPA – you don’t want to have that 1.5 GPA semester hold you back when you decide you want to change majors, again.