Do i need to write a GPA addendum?

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t14hopeful2019
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Do i need to write a GPA addendum?

Postby t14hopeful2019 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:50 am

I graduated from a top 10 liberal arts college with a degree in biochemistry 4 years ago.

I graduated with a 2.99 GPA, my LSAC GPA is a 3.01 with a community college course I took in high school.

This is how my GPA breaks down.
year 1- 3.5
year 2- 3.4
year 3- 2.7
year 4- 2.4

My last three semesters my grades tanked because of the upper level science courses I took. Senior year I took 8 upper level science courses and got a bunch of C's.

My GPA excluding science courses is about a 3.6.

Should I explain my severe downward trend due to science courses I took?

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april_ludgate
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Re: Do i need to write a GPA addendum?

Postby april_ludgate » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:59 am

No. A GPA addendum is for something outside of one's control, such as illness or something like that. Simply taking harder classes is not an excuse that will make you look any better than you do without an addendum. Further, an addendum is for things the admissions committee wouldn't be able to figure out from your application, which, they have your transcript and they can see your classes.

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Re: Do i need to write a GPA addendum?

Postby Platopus » Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:00 am

t14hopeful2019 wrote:
Should I explain my severe downward trend due to science courses I took?


No. Your upper level classes were more difficult, and it's pretty obvious. Barring some other contributing factor, this is fairly common and not worthy of an addendum. Luckily, your GPA is a 3.01, which, at least psychologically, looks better than a 2.99. Adcoms will be able to figure out what happened without an addendum.

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Re: Do i need to write a GPA addendum?

Postby cavalier1138 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:31 am

Nope.




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