At my university professors are free to chose what total percent correct earns which grade, the total points earned divided by the total points that were possible to earn, by curving exams as they wish. My university, like many others, suggest that anything above a total percent correct of 90% or higher is worthy of a A. Most universities don't give out A+s so anything above a 90% or higher counts towards GPA as a 4.0. The student who got 90% of the total points has the same GPA as a student who would of had 100% of them. Walking away from college with a 4.0 would mean that on average you earned a A for every single course you took, you can offset a B if you earned many As. I can get 90% of the total points ever given while I'm at college, have a 4.0, and straight As on my transcript, or I can get 100% of the total points ever given while I'm in college, have a 4.0, and straight As on my transcript, nobody would be able to tell the difference? So what's the point of trying to get every single point in every single course you take when you can just aim for 90% of them and walk away from college with what would appear to be the same benefits, have a 4.0, and straight As on your transcript. Certainly earning every single point ever that you could of earned would be much more work and a greater accomplishment than just 90% of them, but what is point in trying to do so? Yes, I know it's nearly impossible to earn every single point and you want to try to do more than 90% to average lower grades, I understand and am not arguing about these aspects. I am however arguing the point in trying to be perfect and getting every single point ever, or trying to get much more than 90% of them, because I don't see one when you can just get 90% of them and do a lot less work, as it would appear you would earn the same exact benefits.