How do online classes affect your GPA?

Since the conception of offering classes online, the convenience of these courses has really taken off. Online enrollment has doubled since 2000 and now we must look at the cost of this convenience in relation to your GPA.

Your GPA (grade point average) is an important indicator to graduate schools and potential employers of how well you did in school and how seriously you took your studies. If a potential applicant to either a graduate school or an employer proudly shows a resume sporting a 3.0 GPA or above, you can expect that applicant to receive closer consideration than an applicant who had a 2.9 GPA or below.

One must understand what type of learning atmosphere benefits them in order to make a sound decision regarding whether online or in-seat instruction is best for their GPA. Here are some important questions to ask yourself:

Online learner versus in-seat learner:

  • Are you a visual learner?
  • Are you focused and self-disciplined?
  • Are you good at communicating via the computer?
  • Are you an auditory learner?
  • Do you enjoy classes with heavy direction from the instructor?
  • Do you prefer group feedback?

Look at your grades when you took in-seat courses and compare them with your online grades. Assess what you learned and retained from both situations to make a sound decision for your path. If you see your online grades slipping, you may want to make the move to an in-seat course. Some students combine the two to have a good mixture of exposure in their undergraduate college experience.

Just remember, when you apply for graduate school, that school may not only require the GMAT, LSAT, GRE, etc., but the requirement may also include a certain GPA. It is never too late to think about improving this score. If you are uncertain what your GPA is or how to improve it, please call and make an appointment with Cindy Miller, our director and graduate advisor, or one of our undergraduate advisors (Victoria Easley and Dori Cantrell). We are more than happy to see you succeed. Your success is our success!

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