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Is it possible for me to go to a four-year college without getting As all year around in high school?What GPA do I need? Answered

My freshman year of high school I have been playing around not really committed into my school work. I got mostly Cs, now I am in the 10th grade I have been getting Bs and 1 Cs . My question is what do I have to do better my chance on going to a four-year college?

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framistan
framistan

8 years ago

Things have changed since i went to school. (I am 57). For one thing, the cost has skyrocket so much that it makes the college degree NOT WORTH the massive loan you will have to pay back! Young persons DO NOT understand how hard it is to pay back JUST a small loan of $1000 dollars. The big colleges can put a life-crushing loan on your back of Many THOUSANDS of dollars. Therefore ... the best path to follow in my opinion is to finish highschool, then go to a Junior college. Many of the credits earned at a junior college will transfer to the big EXPENSIVE college (if you go)... and Junior college costs a lot less. If you don't have what it takes to continue to the BIG college... then you can walk away from the junior college with a 2 year degree (associates degree). Some college is better than none. Or...ALTERNATIVELY-- you could forget the college and just go to a technical school... for about 2 years also. Many people who start college never finish it. Then they have to PAY BACK ALL THAT DEBT with a sub-par-job! So this plan at least gets you SOMETHING for your effort and does not saddle you with massive debt if you drop out. The Junior college acts as a STEPPING STONE to the big college if you think you can accomplish it (when the time comes). By the way... this is what I did. I got the Associates degree at a junior college--and said to myself ..."Self, you have had enough of this school stuff!" And i walked away with my Associates degree in electronics.

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

8 years ago

You can improve your GPA by studying and putting more effort into all your assignments and tests. Consider getting a tutor or study with other like-minded/goal oriented students; and take opportunities for extra credit work by discussing this with your teachers. (They all appreciate students that take initiative).

As far as bettering your chances on going to college, you need to start planning what it is that you want to study by setting your career goals! The prerequisites and GPA requirements can vary depending on the courses you choose (and even the college you choose), so make an appointment with a school/career counsellor to get help with specific questions.

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rickharris
rickharris

8 years ago


+1
I assume it's not too late to get down to it.
talk to your teachers and explain your change of heart they are best set to help, Your school may allow you to do your last year again and get good marks - the key to getting into a goos college.

The best students i have taught were not brilliant BUT were well organised. they balanced the school work with a social life putting the school work first.

All have good jobs ranging from Finance, to F1 aerodynamics designer.

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frollard
frollard

8 years ago

Frankly, high school for the most part isn't hard. If you simply DO all the work, complete ALL the assignments, you'll easily push a B+ average. If you really push yourself A's aren't hard to achieve.

As for getting into a good college, they want higher marks. This serves two purposes:
1) Acceptance. Many core academic programs want a B minimum, often an A average (such as medicine, law, sciences, etc). Expect to have to upgrade your graduating marks if they aren't up to snuff. Less to be learned here: DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. Honest, upgrading your marks a year or three later SUCKS WORSE THAN DOING IT THE FIRST TIME!
2) Scholarships. If you show you are willing to do the work, companies, governments, schools, and corporations/trusts/funds WILL PAY FOR YOUR EDUCATION. Grants, bursaries and scholarships are a free pass to get the education you need to succeed in today's market.


Recap:
Do it right.
Do it right the first time.
Do the above even if it means learning to write tests. Success is sadly based on a number on a sheet of paper, not on how much you actually learn.