Why College Grades Matter

Your college student’s grade point average (GPA) can be vital to their success beyond college.  According to the US News and World Report, maintaining a high GPA is crucial to those who plan to attend graduate schools. Even if they are planning to enter the job market immediately after graduation, it is advisable to list their GPA on their resume- that is assuming it is a respectable number. Employers often take GPA into consideration as screening tool for new applicants and internships that are available.

According to a Forbes article, citing a survey of over 200 employers taken by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 67% of companies screen candidates by their GPA. And the average size of the companies surveyed is 7,500 employees. Dan Black, a recruiting director for Ernst & Young, says a college GPA is “one of the only indications [recruiters] have of a student’s technical ability or competence to do the job.”

4 tips to keeping your college GPA on track:

  • Learn good study habits. Don’t wait until the last minute to cram. Instead, study in short period and possibly set up a weekly study session with a tutor.
  • Show up to every class. Attendance can be a percentage of the grade.
  • Be organized. Know when tests will be held and projects are due.
  • Take a full course load. Don’t take only classes that you know you’ll get an A in. Challenge yourself with harder courses that may be weighted differently.

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