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Is there any harm in taking online community college classes/easy classes during the summer to boost GPA?

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:45 pm
by pleaseberkeley
Hi there, long story short I am a Junior at a top 20 unndergrad. I have a 3.7 GPA, which means I am on the cusp of that T14 in terms of GPA. Will it negatively impact my admission process if I take some online courses or Physical education courses at a local community college this summer and next summer to pad my stats? I hear Law School is a very lazy process and its numbers above everything. Considering the way the LSAC calculates GPA this can only help me, right? Thanks in advance.

Re: Is there any harm in taking online community college classes/easy classes during the summer to boost GPA?

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:50 pm
by Itiswritten
Nope. No harm. I did it. I got into Berkeley which seems to be your goal, so I can say it probably didn't harm me in their admissions process. Currently at UCLA.

Re: Is there any harm in taking online community college classes/easy classes during the summer to boost GPA?

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:51 pm
by jstanhope14
pleaseberkeley wrote:Hi there, long story short I am a Junior at a top 20 unndergrad. I have a 3.7 GPA, which means I am on the cusp of that T14 in terms of GPA. Will it negatively impact my admission process if I take some online courses or Physical education courses at a local community college this summer and next summer to pad my stats? I hear Law School is a very lazy process and its numbers above everything. Considering the way the LSAC calculates GPA this can only help me, right? Thanks in advance.


I've been wondering this, too. From what I've read on here it seems like this is fine. I actually emailed BU and BC, and one of them emailed back (forget which) saying that it is fine to do. However, doing this does take a lot of time and will only raise your GPA a few hundredths of a point, so it seems unnecessary unless you're at like 3.70 trying to put yourself a little higher than Columbia's median. Keep in mind, too, that if you don't get an A in one of the courses then you'll have spent yourself.

Re: Is there any harm in taking online community college classes/easy classes during the summer to boost GPA?

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:20 pm
by Rigo
I wouldn't spend the money on it, but that's just me.
If you are will to part with $$$, go for it.

Re: Is there any harm in taking online community college classes/easy classes during the summer to boost GPA?

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:39 pm
by toobig2lose
No harm. Go for it.