Marginal benefit of bumping GPA from 3.35 to 3.4?

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CCNhopeful
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Marginal benefit of bumping GPA from 3.35 to 3.4?

Postby CCNhopeful » Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:31 pm

Hey TLS,

I'm graduating in the Spring of 2012 with a projected LSDAS GPA of 3.33-3.35. Would it be worthwhile for me to postpone my graduation for Summer 2012 by taking 2-3 additional classes to bring my GPA up to 3.4?

My dream schools would be Columbia/NYU. I am currently studying for the LSAT and am enrolled in a Testmasters course. Assuming I can get an LSAT score around their 75 percentile, would my chances be marginally greater with a 3.4 GPA or should my focus be on the LSAT at this point?

Thanks.

Seneca
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Re: Marginal benefit of bumping GPA from 3.35 to 3.4?

Postby Seneca » Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:41 pm

Waiting a year after undergrad to apply is almost always credited - get some WE, improve your LSAT score, etc. A 3.4 is undoubtedly better than a 3.3, but general consensus is that it won't necessarily make a huge difference in the decision process unless you get up over a median or other significant threshold. Spend the time improving yourself in every area you can, get your apps together asap, and throw out an ED right at the beginning of next year's cycle.




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