So, I understand good grades in high school, you use your GPA with your application to college. Once your in college, is there any reason, like putting your college GPA on your resume, to get anything greater than a C(unless to fulfill prerequisite grades)?
There are several reasons to aim for good grades:
- You will probably want either a job or graduate school admission after graduating. The better your grades, the easier it is going to be and the more choices you will have.
- You are in college to learn. Why waste your time and the college place on not doing your best?
- Think about those prerequisites. If you only just make the grade to go into the next class in a sequence, you may not be able to keep up and may fail some of the later classes.
The other answers give the standard practical reasons why one should aim to get good grades, but I prefer a more idealistic explanation, which is that good grades are not the real goal one should focus on, but rather a side effect. If you focus on the real goal of learning the material at the highest level possible, good grades will follow automatically. So, good grades do have their practical uses, but philosophically speaking, they are just a distraction.
As the other replies already make many important points, I'll just add a few that are not listed yet:
- During college special programmes might be accessible only if you have a good GPA. Look up "honours programme + your college name" and something might pop up.
- In some cases you might be able to compensate for certain grades by scoring higher on other subjects, this also varies per college.
The purpose of high GPA (good grades) as an undergraduate in college is to demonstrate to future employers, collaborators and professors your ability to complete a certain amount and level of work in a satisfactory manner. Many factors in your life will be influenced by your undergraduate GPA:
many scholarships have a minimum GPA and academic progress which must be met.
Graduate school admissions are largely based on undergraduate GPA, class schedule, and letters of recommendation.
Many Future Opportunities are only available to those who achieved a high GPA, for example, I have seen Ph. D. programs which require a 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA.