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How will two "perfect" semesters affect your GPA?


I'm following up a previous post, in which I treated with GPA movement in your senior year. Reading that one first will help in understanding this one.

I'm building on the previous scenario. The assumptions:
- The degree consists of 128 credits
- The student will do 16 credits each semester; for eight semesters (16 x 8 = 128).

The question answered today: "How will the GPA be affected after 2 straight-A semesters?"

There are three scenarios articulated in the screenshot (below):
- 1st scenario: A sophomore who achieved a GPA of 3.0 in the previous 2 semesters;
- 2nd scenario: A junior who achieved a GPA of 3.0 in the previous 4 semesters;
- 3nd scenario: A senior who achieved a GPA of 3.0 in the previous 6 semesters.

GPA Calculation

From the calculations, we derive:
- The sophomore will move from 3.0 to 3.500;
- The junior will move from 3.0 to 3.333;
- The senior will move from 3.0 to 3.25.

An important observation to be deduced: Even with perfect semesters, GPA movement will be greater in earlier semesters than in later ones.

These posts are written to encourage students to be a bit more "forwarding-thinking" in terms of realizing their academic goals. Having graduated in earlier times, I'm hoping to encourage some of my younger friends at USC, and those who are interested in making the most of the academic opportunity.

Have a blessed week ahead.

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