Do I need a high GPA?

I just discovered this website while doing some research and like this sort of open question option. This seems like a great community.

I am currently part way through my junior year in college, hoping to graduate within the next 2 years as a biomedical engineer. My question is this: how important is it to maintain a good GPA? Like many I'm struggling with some of the core courses and I am starting to worry that I might not get a job/internship upon graduating. Obviously people with higher GPA's will get placed in the more competitive jobs. I'm just wondering if it is worth graduating as, say, a C average engineer? I love both natural and mechanical sciences which is why I got into this field in the first place, but I'm starting to get discouraged.

Thanks in advance for any feedback, and please be honest- I'd rather be told it's time to switch than get false hope!
posted by Cal T., Kingston, RI on October 20, 2013

Answer by Jessye Bemley

Hello Cal,

I am not a biomedical engineer but, it is important to try to keep a high gpa in order to be competitive for internships and jobs in engineering. However, from my experience in undergrad it was very difficult to get a internship so I would suggest trying to look for research opportunities to get experience on your resume. Sometimes you can even do the research during the semester and receive a stipend. Try to find a professor that is working on something interesting. I too struggled with my core courses and had a difficult time as well but I am currently working on my PhD now and I love what I do. So reach out for help, and do your best, do not be discouraged with a little determination I know you will get through and do great things. I am rooting for you!

Jessye