candidlatke wrote:How important is GPA when it's below 3.0?
I.E. Is there a big difference between 2.7 and 2.9 and etc., some people have said that if it's below the 25 percentile line, it'll be thrown into the same pile of "awful GPA."
Furthermore, would it be worth it to withdraw classes (they still show up as a W, but I don't think the UC's are punitive) to boost overall GPA?
Even at the cost of a second major (it's a softer major if anything)
I'm trying to decide plans for this summer and my current plans are to do a summer project/app/start-up with friends to add to my "diversity".
However, if I commit to summer school, I could raise my GPA slightly.
Which would you advise is the smarter decision?
If it makes any difference, I'm planning for applying for the T-14's as a pretty big splitter.
I think that the difference between a 2.7 and a 2.9 is not the same as a .20 difference if we are above the 25th percentile. But that doesn't mean that it's not a difference. In some cases, it will depend on what the transcript looks like. Was there one bad semester? a rough start?
Showing a strong finish could be a good sign or if you could raise it above the 3.0 mark, that would be ideal (there is a bit of a psychological effect on the 3.0 mark). A few W's on your transcript are not generally a problem, but it there is an excessive amount or a pattern of this, it may not look great. The double major doesn't really add much with this GPA, imo.
My advice would be to try to show a strong finish to your education. Would the summer school push graduation to the end of the summer or are you just finishing your junior year now?