Taking graduate level classes as an UG

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JesusChrist
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Taking graduate level classes as an UG

Postby JesusChrist » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:46 pm

So I was just invited by one of my Art History professors to take one of his graduate level courses on post-Modernism. I have just under another year before I begin my cycle. Do you think this will be a good thing or a bad thing for admissions? I'm really hoping there's some kind of weighted GPA thing that happens but I'm not too optimistic about that.

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Hawkeye Pierce
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Re: Taking graduate level classes as an UG

Postby Hawkeye Pierce » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:51 pm

Admissions won't care.

Don't take it if it will drop your GPA.

And lol, post-modernism.

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Re: Taking graduate level classes as an UG

Postby justonemoregame » Sat Nov 05, 2011 4:28 pm

Don't take it because it's post-modernism. Yick.

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Re: Taking graduate level classes as an UG

Postby theadvancededit » Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:56 am

(Why the hate for po-mo?)

Given such an invitation, I would consider it-- you can get a great LoR from it. However, do consider the risk of a drop in your GPA. I would take it and balance it with easy-A classes.

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Re: Taking graduate level classes as an UG

Postby Opie » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:57 am

theadvancededit wrote:(Why the hate for po-mo?)

Given such an invitation, I would consider it-- you can get a great LoR from it. However, do consider the risk of a drop in your GPA. I would take it and balance it with easy-A classes.


+1

If you have this kind of rapport with a professor, that's exactly what you want for an LoR. The adcomms won't even notice that it's a graduate level class on your transcripts though, so no help there. The professor could put something in the LoR to say that he invited you to take it and you did wonderfully or whatever.

ONLY take it though if you can do well. No class or LoR is worth a ding to your numbers.

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Re: Taking graduate level classes as an UG

Postby 89vision » Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:49 pm

I've taken history grad courses and received A's, beginning sophomore year. If you know the material, you should be fine. I didn't find the grad course particularly difficult, probably because I am a history major.

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Re: Taking graduate level classes as an UG

Postby Bildungsroman » Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:01 pm

JesusChrist wrote:I'm really hoping there's some kind of weighted GPA thing that happens but I'm not too optimistic about that.

Why? GPAs in graduate courses are already inflated beyond recognition.

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Opie
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Re: Taking graduate level classes as an UG

Postby Opie » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:20 am

Grad courses aren't necessarily harder that UG courses, they're just more specialized.




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