[SOLVED] Grade point vs. achievements in college A recent thread here has brought to mind a question. I'd be interested in hearing some opinions on this. I have noted that a large percentage of posts concerning grades indicate that seems to be an overwhelming number of students who believe the key to success in life revolves around a 4.0 grade point average. I agree that good grades indicate that a student has the ability to perform in the classroom, but I have found in my studies that getting an "A" does not mean you can use what you learned, it just means you have learned how to take tests. That said, I, too have worked hard to learn the material and get good grades. As an engineering major, though, it seems to me that at some point accomplishments have to come into play. Being involved in the activities of the department, working on innovative ideas for design projects, participating with other students in groups or organizations related to one's chosen field has to add a lot to the educational experience that cannot be replaced by merely getting a 4.0 gpa at the expense of the other facets of one's education. My guess is that a 3.0 with some signs of leadership or innovation would trump a 4.0 with no sign of outside activities. Anyone care to comment?