GPA Addendum - Really low freshman GPA

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sashimi01
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GPA Addendum - Really low freshman GPA

Postby sashimi01 » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:15 am

Would I need to explain my ridiculously low GPA my first year in college? Or would they take it as typical or somewhat understandable?

This is my gpa trend

Freshman 2.6
Sophomore 3.4
Junior 3.9
Senior 3.8

Thanks in advance everyone!

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PinkCow
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Re: GPA Addendum - Really low freshman GPA

Postby PinkCow » Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:49 am

The only reason you ever include a GPA addendum is if you have an actual reason. Ask yourself if there was any legitimate reason beyond you being an immature freshman. If yes, then write one.

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941law
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Re: GPA Addendum - Really low freshman GPA

Postby 941law » Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:52 pm

I disagree, I think a lack of gpa addendum may not be a deal breaker but your app could have an 'empty' feeling if it isn't there when ideally it should be. I've seen gpa addendum's written about motivation and direction which tied in to the upward grade trend. What good is a costly arrest expungement if you have to list all arrest on your app? It shows you care.

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Re: GPA Addendum - Really low freshman GPA

Postby quiver » Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:05 pm

Eh, I would include one. If you don't have a "real reason", I'd make it something like this:
941law wrote:I've seen gpa addendum's written about motivation and direction which tied in to the upward grade trend.


I had the exact same situation when I applied except that my freshman GPA was because of a very tough major (which I switched out of). It might help a little, it might not, but I doubt it will hurt you. The worst that will happen is that they disregard it and look at your cumulative GPA--which is what will most definitely happen if you don't right an addendum.




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