should I extend my studies to raise my GPA?

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inthefuture
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should I extend my studies to raise my GPA?

Postby inthefuture » Sat May 08, 2010 1:15 pm

so I am expecte to graduate undergrad Fall 2010. I am graduating one semester early. I have a 3.4 right now.

Should I continue taking undergrad courses, maybe double major in something, for the sole purpose of raising my GPA, let's say to a 3.5-3.6?

If I do an additional semester, I will be graduating on time, (since now I am graduating early), so time is not an issue.

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Columbia Law
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Re: should I extend my studies to raise my GPA?

Postby Columbia Law » Sat May 08, 2010 1:22 pm

Just retake LSAT and dominate it to make up for that .1 GPA. It would be a lot cheaper.

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Re: should I extend my studies to raise my GPA?

Postby Teoeo » Sat May 08, 2010 1:31 pm

inthefuture wrote:so I am expecte to graduate undergrad Fall 2010. I am graduating one semester early. I have a 3.4 right now.

Should I continue taking undergrad courses, maybe double major in something, for the sole purpose of raising my GPA, let's say to a 3.5-3.6?

If I do an additional semester, I will be graduating on time, (since now I am graduating early), so time is not an issue.


If money isn't an issue than totally

inthefuture
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Re: should I extend my studies to raise my GPA?

Postby inthefuture » Sat May 08, 2010 1:42 pm

isn't money always an issue? :)

But I don't see a big difference of taking out 30k of student loans or 40k.

The only real issue is should I spent that 6 months working somewhere or interning for experience, or should I take a few more classes and hopefully get my GPA up .1-.2 points to a 3.5-3.6

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Re: should I extend my studies to raise my GPA?

Postby jks289 » Sat May 08, 2010 1:43 pm

I really wish I had put in another year and upped my GPA by .1-.2. I think it would have made a huge difference in my cycle. More than an additional LSAT point. If you can afford it, do it. But make sure you take lots of classes and pull straight As, so it is worth your while. Good luck!!

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Re: should I extend my studies to raise my GPA?

Postby yeff » Mon May 10, 2010 10:15 am

Where in the process of preparing for and taking the LSAT are you?

In terms of value ((monetary cost + time) / (impact on admissions)):

LSAT prep > GPA boosting

Make sure you see how much you can really raise it - 7 semesters of 3.4 plus one semester of 4.0 = 3.475

Depending on what range of schools you're looking at, this won't be putting you on the other side of a median.

I'd say your alternative matters - if you graduate, will you have a paying job or an unpaid internship? Which option gives you the best opportunity to really prep for the LSAT and max out your score?




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