The Importance of the G.P.A.
Grade point averages are a statistical measure in the world of academia. A students GPA is viewed by professors and potential employers for an indication of a student’s work ethic, study habit and productivity. Over time, it is a measure of success and progress.
Every student has a semester GPA and a cumulative GPA. Each is an average of the grades earned over a specified period of time. For the Semester GPA, the number indicates the average grade for the current semester. For the cumulative GPA, the number accounts for a student’s entire academic career.
Some stats to consider...
The average GPA at Stanford is 4.18.With a GPA of 4.18, Stanford requires you to be at the top of your class. You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. Furthermore, you should be taking hard classes - AP or IB courses - to show that college-level academics is a breeze.
The average GPA at Harvard is 4.04.With a GPA of 4.04, Harvard requires you to be at the top of your class.
The average GPA at Yale is 4.19. With a GPA of 4.19, Yale requires you to be at the top of your class.
Average High School G.P.A.'s:
University of California Berkeley 4.19
University of California Davis 4.07
University of California Irvine 4.04
University of California Los Angeles 4.18
University of California Merced 3.67
University of California Riverside 3.78
University of California San Diego 4.13
University of California Santa Barbara 4.05
University of California Santa Cruz 3.88