Does Community College GPA Transfer?

by Chad Agrawal

If you are a student who is currently attending a community college, and plans to transfer to a university in the future, you might be asking yourself, “Does community college GPA transfer?” The answer is no. Your community college GPA will not transfer.

One of the main reasons for this is so that students don’t intentionally choose courses that they believe to be below their learning abilities to improve their overall GPA before moving along to a different university. You will start with a fresh GPA when joining a new university, with the exception of colleges that have more than one campus that you may be transferring between. This can be of great advantage to students who wish to transfer to a more prestigious, competitive university and can also provide help with a “fresh start.” Although, if you later decide to apply to graduate school (which you probably will), it is likely that your GPA from both schools will be considered. Therefore, it is important to always try to maintain the highest GPA possible.

Average Community College GPA

The average GPA for community college students is currently at a 2.3. It is common for a freshman to experience a lower GPA than what they received in high school during their first year of community college. This is sometimes due to a “culture shock,” and added responsibilities that may not have been expected. Calculating your own average community college GPA is a fairly simple process. To find your average GPA, divide the total amount of grade points that you earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. There are several GPA calculators available online to help you with this - like

4.0 GPA In Community College

If a 4.0 GPA is your goal in community college, then you will get it. You have to be organized and make college your first priority, which may not sound like the most fun, but it can be easier than you think with our community college transfer guide. Though your 4.0 GPA will not carry on if you decide to transfer to a different college, maintaining a 4.0 GPA in community college will be noticed on your transcript, boosting your transfer application for universities along with hiring opportunities from companies who require a specific GPA minimum.

To learn more about how to get a 4.0 GPA in community college, see our guide.

If you have any questions regarding the transfer process, speak with your transfer counselor at your own community college for further guidance or leave a comment below!

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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