Concerned about undergrad GPA

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ApexChaser
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Re: Concerned about undergrad GPA

Postby ApexChaser » Sun May 16, 2010 2:48 pm

NYU

I would choose NYU partially just to get out of California for a while.

They have a higher average GPA (LSAC shows the average, but who cares when admissions is a total numbers game) and are more well-known compared to UCSB.

As has been mentioned, UCSB tends to carry a party school reputation whereas NYU's name recognition may net you a few bonus points in the application process if compared to someone from a less well-known school.

Debt is problematic though...

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Re: Concerned about undergrad GPA

Postby prezidentv8 » Sun May 16, 2010 4:04 pm

ApexChaser wrote:I would choose NYU partially just to get out of California for a while.

This is never TCR.

ApexChaser wrote:As has been mentioned, UCSB tends to carry a party school reputation whereas NYU's name recognition may net you a few bonus points in the application process if compared to someone from a less well-known school.

Shouldn't matter much, if at all, between NYU and UCSB.

ApexChaser wrote:Debt is problematic though...

I generally advise people to always run far far far away from undergrad debt if possible.

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Re: Concerned about undergrad GPA

Postby JonathanA157 » Sun May 16, 2010 6:00 pm

LurkerNoMore wrote:School with least debt. Period.

You can get a good education at pretty much any school. Some will spoon feed it to you, others you will have to do the leg work.

Spend your time in school preparing for a career that does not require a professional degree. College undergrad courses aren't going to help you with law school. Don't waste time taking classes you think will help with law school. Give yourself options. Prepare for something other than law school so that you haven't handcuffed yourself to a path that you find later you aren't interested in or is not an economically smart move.


I know that I won't be taking courses just to help for law school. The only two majors I'm interested in are Political Science and Philosophy, so they don't have the earning power or reputation of a math/science degree, but really I can live with that if the BA is all I get.

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Re: Concerned about undergrad GPA

Postby prezidentv8 » Sun May 16, 2010 6:09 pm

JonathanA157 wrote:
LurkerNoMore wrote:School with least debt. Period.

You can get a good education at pretty much any school. Some will spoon feed it to you, others you will have to do the leg work.

Spend your time in school preparing for a career that does not require a professional degree. College undergrad courses aren't going to help you with law school. Don't waste time taking classes you think will help with law school. Give yourself options. Prepare for something other than law school so that you haven't handcuffed yourself to a path that you find later you aren't interested in or is not an economically smart move.


I know that I won't be taking courses just to help for law school. The only two majors I'm interested in are Political Science and Philosophy, so they don't have the earning power or reputation of a math/science degree, but really I can live with that if the BA is all I get.


I'm a fan of majoring in things you like, or would like to work with, because you won't be a happy person doing other things. But with that being said, still try and grab some skills while you're in college. Accounting, stats, finance, math, whatever. Just have some extra things you can do.




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