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Postby mickeyD » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:45 pm

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Re: Is this considered an "upward trend"?

Postby Hannibal » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:45 pm

Not big enough to make a difference.

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Re: Is this considered an "upward trend"?

Postby Knock » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:46 pm

mickeyD wrote:Hi all,

I'm currently a junior in undergrad and am looking forward to apply during the next upcoming cycle. I know that it's debatable if "upward trends" even matter, but for the sake of it, I was wondering if an adcomm looking at my transcript would consider this to be one.

Freshman - 31 credits
3.08 fall, 3.50 spring
3.38 cumulative

Sophomore - 28 credits
3.23 fall, 3.75 spring
3.45 cumulative

Junior - 25 credits
3.53 fall, 4.0 spring (on pace)
3.54 cumulative

I also took a few winter courses that I received A's in if anyone was wondering why the cumulative GPA doesn't add up perfectly. Low-ish number of credits is due to AP credit (I don't need to take 30/semester to graduate) and a withdrawal from a class junior year.

Would this be considered an upward trend, and if so, one strong enough to have any kind of relevance? I'm afraid that perhaps an adcomm would observe the number of credits I took and attribute my improving GPA to a lower workload. Also if I have a legitimate explanation for why I did poorly early in my college career, do I mention it or is this considered to be making excuses? I don't even know where you would include something like that.

Thanks in advance for your help!

It's a slight upward trend, but definitely not strong enough to have any kind of relevance. It's questionable whether an upward grade trend even helps you anyways.


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Re: Is this considered an "upward trend"?

Postby legaleagle9 » Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:16 pm

damn. u really hate the fall huh? hahha

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Re: Is this considered an "upward trend"?

Postby bp shinners » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:41 am

If you didn't have that 3.23 your sophomore year, I'd probably recommend you write something about the first semester, if you have something interesting to say. However, with that second sub-3.5 semester, I don't think it's enough of an upwards trend.

That being said, it won't hurt to write a short, explanatory essay about the first semester if you can come up with something compelling to say about the situation. I wouldn't count on it having much of an effect, though.

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Re: Is this considered an "upward trend"?

Postby zonto » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:15 pm

Could be considered grade inflation. :wink:


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Re: Is this considered an "upward trend"?

Postby bk1 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:22 pm

It's barely upward at all and even then upward trends don't matter.

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