If you currently have a 1.7 and are researching what this means to your academic future, this page has resources which will cover the following.
To put it bluntly, a 1.7 is not a good GPA. It's far below the national average high school GPA of 3.1. You don't have a realistic chance of getting into traditional four-year colleges that have competitive admissions. You need to do all you can to get your grade average above a 2.0, even better if you can raise it to a 2.5 or 3.0. As things stand, your best option for college is looking at two year community colleges that offer open admission to all GPA's.
A 1.7 grade point average is a numerical representation of your course letter grades on a 4.0 scale. Your 1.7 GPA indicates you averaged C- grades in your classes and delivered satisfactory but below average performance. The percent equivalent of a 1.7 grade point average is 70% on the percentage grading scale. This means that you scored an average of 70% on tests and assignments. Learn more about what the C- letter grade signifies.
In order to increase your 1.7 you will need to make big changes to your study habits, the sooner the better because a 1.7 is extremely low.
Yes, a 1.7 is a passing GPA in high school and college and you will be allowed to to graduate. It indicates you've done the bare minimum to get by, but you have passed. Often in college it is common for core classes not to count towards your major if you received a D in them. So the overall GPA may be passing but you may need to re-take classes in order to graduate within your major.
The table below will help you see how high or low you can possibly change your GPA if you currently have a 1.7. As you progress in school it becomes more and more difficult to improve your overall grade point average. Select the tab and table column corresponding to the last semester you completed. Then find a row for your predicted future letter grade average. The result would be your GPA at graduation if you can maintain that letter grade.
Conversion table of the unweighted 4.0 grade point scale with letter grade and percentage equivalents. This unweighted GPA scale is used my most U.S. high schools and colleges.