2.94 gpa

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by christinachua, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. christinachua

    christinachua New Member

    Okay, so I got a 2.94 GPA for my Associates Degree which is DETC accredited...
    And my question is, is it reaaaaaally that bad?
    I have been surfing the net for answers, and what I got is:
    Generally, anything below a 3.5/3.0 is considered a screwed-up grade.
    Do correct me if I'm wrong.
    However, most of them were talking about a Bachelors Degree.
    Considering an Associates Degree has only a total of 60 credits as compared to the 120ish credits in a Bachelors Program, does it mean that we should employ a different standard?
  2. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    A GPA that is lower than ideal is not necessarily the end of the road for you. You may have to work a little harder to get in somewhere, but your GPA is not low enough for them to dismiss you hands down. 2.94 is not very much lower than a 3.0 anyway. I don't think you are in trouble.

    Many years ago, I was admitted into the MBA program at Cal State Long Beach with a GPA 2.87 on my bachelor's degree. (because of a lack of maturity and too much surfing and skiing) I did really well on the GMAT test that was required at that time for entrance and I'm sure that score figured in substantially. Since then, I have earned a much higher GPA and have received honors and high distinctions on several other degrees.

    All that is to say that it is not over for you. Keep on going and get that GPA up.
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I don't know what sort of course load you've been taking but perhaps it would be a good idea to take one course at a time for a year or so. Assuming that you're able to devote sufficient time to your studies, you'll probably see that your performance improves and your GPA will pop up enough for you to feel confident again.
  4. jam937

    jam937 New Member

    Why are you concerned with a 2.94 GPA? Are you trying to get a job? I have never had an employer ask about my GPA or even ask for a transcript. Are you trying to get into a bachelors program? A low Associates Degree GPA should not be a problem.

    Your question is very open ended. I would be more concerned that you have a DETC accredited degree rather than a regionally accredited one.
  5. NorCal

    NorCal Active Member

    Your fine, the sky isn't failing. (Unless you try to transfer to an Ivy League School, lol.)
  6. Mohammed

    Mohammed New Member

    A 2.94 GPA is not too bad. Given that you have an Associates degree, just keep going and finish off your Bachelors degree. With a bit of effort and taking up a balanced schedule as suggested by Kizmet, you could get you GPA up. Your Associates degree GPA may not matter once you have your Bachelors degree anyway.
  7. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    Unless you're trying to get into a graduate-level program, or an ivy league school, don't worry about it. As others have indicated, hardly any employer cares about your GPA. And there are probably plenty of online schools that will admit you if you are interesting in doing your bachelors now ... some schools like APU even have open enrollment.
  8. christinachua

    christinachua New Member

    Yes, I am trying to get employed.
    Well, DETC degrees are recognized in my country, so it should be fine.
    However, this would be my first job! =/ So I reckon they will look at my grades right?
    I was thinking if I should leave out my GPA, but I am afraid this will arouse even more curiosity as on how poor my grades could be.
    When you mentioned that your employers didn't ask for your GPA, that is under the circumstance that you've had ample working experience, yup?
    Please advise!

  9. cdhale

    cdhale Member

    I got into grad school with a 2.89 GPA for my BA. My Grad GPA is 3.9 or so. I have NEVER had an employer ask about grades. Not once.

    If you have he degree, then you met the requirements for it. That is all most employers are concerned with, as far as I know. I would not include my GPA on a resume (and never have).
  10. jackson07

    jackson07 New Member

    What country are you attempting to get a job in? What is a typical CV or resume for that country?
  11. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    In North America, employers usually don't look at a person's GPA. Not sure about other countries. The best thing to do is ask people that you know who live near you and currently have jobs.
  12. christinachua

    christinachua New Member

    Decided to pursue my Bachelors

    Ya, I do agree with all the other members here.
    2.94 is neither a devastating GPA, nor it is a wonderful GPA to be proud of.
    So I've decided to heed the advice from fellow forum members to pursue my Bachelors, and to not list my GPA on my resume, unless they ask for my transcript.
    Being a fresh graduate, I think, depending on the type of job I'm applying for, they may or may not ask for it.
    Thanks for the kind advice everyone! =)
  13. DxD=D^2

    DxD=D^2 Member

    What you can do, that might help you is transfer to a school that would allow you to start fresh on your bachelors degree. For example, in my AA degree, I graduated with a 3.30. When I transferred, I started fresh and now have a 3.80... I'm just giving you something to look at. Also, if you're thinking about going for your masters, most places take into consideration your last 60 units of work as the emphasis for entrance. I wouldn't beat yourself up... You're actually pursing a degree, which is what people who say they want to go back to school but never do.
  14. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    I'm curious about the school attended, your study methods, whether the program was self-paced or guided with weekly instructions, and what your thoughts are as to what contributed to the 2.94 GPA. Some of these things can help you explain your situation if it ever comes up.

    I know with self-paced programs people tend to whip through them with little regard for the actual grades. At a few of the self-paced programs I was in, I could've easily finished them in 1/4th of the time had I not been concerned with my grades but I just couldn't bring myself to approach it that way, although I can understand why some people in certain situations might have to shoot through a program quickly.
  15. christinachua

    christinachua New Member

    This is a good idea, which is what I'm looking at right now. Yup, most schools don't transfer GPA over, only credit hours. Which means I can start afresh! And this time round, I will invest more time and effort in my studies. I'm certain that I can do much better than a 2.94. Way better. I'll update you guys on my GPA once I complete my Bachelors, haha. =) Yup, I used to hesitate whether I should continue my education or not and wasted plenty of time (I'm a young mum), which is why I wanted to finish my Associates ASAP for full-time employment purposes.
    Still, I'm having a hard time landing myself a job right now as I lack ample relevant experience. I held several part-time/temporary jobs before but I don't think employers appreciate those. It's pretty competitive out there so I think I might have to count on my luck.
  16. christinachua

    christinachua New Member

    Hi LearningAddict,

    I attended Ashworth College. Yes, the program is self-paced, and most importantly, I was able to finance my education out of my own pocket. I have to admit if I had taken a longer time to complete my Associates, I'm confident I can do way much better than a 2.94. I understand that it is kind of silly and risky to breeze through the program, considering we should always aim for the best for our own benefit.
    But at that time I just wanted to complete my degree ASAP so I can land myself a job (I'm a young mum).
    After realizing I could have done so much better for my overall GPA, I realized I had made the wrong decision. Thankfully for me the degree I obtained through Ashworth allowed me to gain advance entry into my desired Bachelors program offered by a UK University, which will commence soon.
    I am also considering to get another Bachelors through Ashworth should the need arises (in a different field of course), since all my previous credits will transfer to any of its Bachelors program. The GPA will be refreshed too. I'm quite satisfied with the overall experience I had at Ashworth. The curriculum is well-designed with content-rich lessons, and it is pretty flexible for students with different learning paces. If I remember correctly, Ashworth is the cheapest online school I've came across so far.

    Anyway LearningAddict, thanks for your post.
    Just to let you know I never commit the same mistake twice. I'll proudly announce my grades once I complete my Bachelors! ;)
  17. Gau555

    Gau555 New Member

    I got into an MBA program with a 2.27 (which I completed with a 3.75/4.0). I also got into an MS Computer Science program with a GRE of 5th percentile (in both math and verbal). :D
    Work experience helps a ton!
  18. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    My undergrad GPA was a 2.94 and that was sufficient to get me admitted into a master's program at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  19. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    I have been asked my GPA 1 time in a job interview, it was for an internship between my junior and senior year of college. Sometimes a potential employer will ask for a GPA on a formal application, but that is used by the HR department, not the hiring managers who simply review your resume. The only employers I know of that asked about grades coming out of college/grad school were consulting firms, accounting firms and i-banking/vc/hf.

    Have you had any work experience at all? Volunteer work? What do you have on your resume/CV beyond your education? A resume would be pretty sparse if it only included your name, contact info and a listing of your degree(s).

    Bottom line, life isn't about the grades your make, it's the hands you shake. If you network, meet people working in the field you're interested in and make a good impression in an interview next to no one is going to give a crap about your grades.
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