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namicnivad
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GPA HELP AND GENERAL ADVICE!

Postby namicnivad » Mon May 17, 2010 11:28 pm

I am currently finishing my junior year at a CUNY college (civil engineering) and I plan on transferring to a private school. When I transfer though, the new school will be taking away a year's worth of credits and thus I will be starting my junior year all over due to credits (in other words I will complete 64 credits in my new school to earn my BS in Civil). Here is the problem though. Since I recently found out that LSAC counts all credits, I will have 78 credits (with a 3.1 gpa overall) and even if I 4.0 (very hard engineering program and I'd be realistic in saying that if I work my tail off, a 3.5-3.7 is attainable), my gpa will be only 3.55 in a complete flawed LSAC frame. I score about a 172 on my diagnostics and thus let's say that is what I'll receive on the test for real.

A 4.0 is not possible in reality though, and I would like to be competing for schools in the 2-11 range and I'm afraid the gpa thing will scar me badly and an addendum has been done by many previous applicants in a similar position and so, reviewers at these schools could care less about my argument. I have won a couple scholarships, I'm a LEED AP consultant and none of this will help cuz the gpa will instantly screw me. I don't know what to do, should I take CC courses and "A" them all out (but when and will it help since I doing a full course load and I need my Civil degree and don't wish to switch majors).

Any observations/help is much appreciated and thus I will be looking for some guidance for all you fellow TLS members.

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Re: GPA HELP AND GENERAL ADVICE!

Postby wiseowl » Mon May 17, 2010 11:32 pm

namicnivad wrote:I am currently finishing my junior year at a CUNY college (civil engineering) and I plan on transferring to a private school. When I transfer though, the new school will be taking away a year's worth of credits and thus I will be starting my junior year all over due to credits (in other words I will complete 64 credits in my new school to earn my BS in Civil). Here is the problem though. Since I recently found out that LSAC counts all credits, I will have 78 credits (with a 3.1 gpa overall) and even if I 4.0 (very hard engineering program and I'd be realistic in saying that if I work my tail off, a 3.5-3.7 is attainable), my gpa will be only 3.55 in a complete flawed LSAC frame. I score about a 172 on my diagnostics and thus let's say that is what I'll receive on the test for real.

A 4.0 is not possible in reality though, and I would like to be competing for schools in the 2-11 range and I'm afraid the gpa thing will scar me badly and an addendum has been done by many previous applicants in a similar position and so, reviewers at these schools could care less about my argument. I have won a couple scholarships, I'm a LEED AP consultant and none of this will help cuz the gpa will instantly screw me. I don't know what to do, should I take CC courses and "A" them all out (but when and will it help since I doing a full course load and I need my Civil degree and don't wish to switch majors).

Any observations/help is much appreciated and thus I will be looking for some guidance for all you fellow TLS members.




this will get moved to a better forum, but 3.55/172 will probably get you in at Penn on down, especially if you apply ED to UVA.

namicnivad
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Re: GPA HELP AND GENERAL ADVICE!

Postby namicnivad » Mon May 17, 2010 11:55 pm

But 3.55 is a pipe dream of perfection, and I'm not perfect. So I think a safe overall gpa for me if i excel (3.7 plus) would be about 3.3-3.4 gpa in reality. Not so hot for 2-11 even if in reality I CHI Epsilon in Civil and work for a good firm in nyc for 1 year.

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Re: GPA HELP AND GENERAL ADVICE!

Postby Tautology » Tue May 18, 2010 12:14 am

I got into NYU with a 3.4/175 despite a late application (on the other hand, I also got waitlisted eight places). You can get into the top 11, but it won't be easy.

And yeah, this is a terrible choice of forum.




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