I have a low high school GPA; do I have to include it on my applications?

Cyndy McDonaldCyndy McDonald
Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA)

Yes—but you should have an opportunity somewhere on the application to explain why your grades are low. Think about your application; if there is a question raised in your application that you do not answer, the person reading it will come up with an answer. You want to give the admission committee the answers to their questions before they ask them. Thus, if you think they will wonder “Why does this student have a low GPA?” then you should take the opportunity to respond.

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