Academic Tip of the Month – Increase Your Chance of Recruitment with One Simple Step

“A 3.2?”

“Last semester I had a 4.0.”

“Are you counting freshman year?”

“I don’t know.”

The reason I ask this question is that this is the number one question a college coach will ask you, or at least look for, on a recruit questionnaire or rugby resume. And if you don’t know, or you inaccurately report your GPA, it could have devastating results. The easiest thing I recommend ALL students do at the end of each academic year, is request a copy of your Unofficial Transcript from your high school’s registrar. Don’t print up your progress notes or your report card from each semester. Most high schools list multiple GPAs including (but not limited to): Overall GPA, Cumulative Academic Weighted GPA 9-12, Cumulative Academic Unweighted GPA 9-12. For clarification:

Cumulative Unweighted GPA 9-12 refers to the GPA you have accumulated over the course of your entire high school careers (in grades 9 through 12) where an A is worth 4 points (regardless of whether it is AP or not), a B is 3 points, a C is 2 points, a D is 1 point). An Unweighted GPA is typically expressed as a “3.7 out of a 4.0 scale.”

Cumulative Weighted GPA 9-12 refers to the GPA you have accumulated over the course of your entire high school careers (in grades 9 through 12) which includes an added point to your GPA for taking an AP course. For example, an A in AP World History would give you 5 points, a B 4 points and so on. Weighted GPAs are typically expressed as a “4.3 out of a 5 point scale.”

In most cases, what we are looking for is your Cumulative Academic GPA from Grades 9-12 and college admissions officers and coaches will consider both the Weighted and Unweighted GPAs. Ideally, we don’t have a huge discrepancy between an Unweighted and a Weighted GPA.

The reason I encourage you to see your transcript is two-fold: 1) it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of their GPA. Nothing is worse than telling a college coach you have a 3.5 GPA only to find out later that your Cumulative Academic GPA is a 3.0. and 2) to catch any mistakes. Grades are still entered manually by a teacher, then transferred to your school’s grading system. It is not uncommon to see a wrong grade entered, which affects your overall GPA and your prospects for recruitment. Double-check your report cards with your transcripts to avoid any mishaps later on.

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