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Is a 3.8 THAT much better than a 3.78?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:19 pm
by utopian_grrl
Obviously, from the topic, you can conclude that I currently have a 3.78. While I still have two more semesters that will ultimately determine my cumulative GPA, I'm wondering how falling short by as little as two one-hundredths could affect my law school and scholarship chances. I'm optimistic I'll reach a 3.8 but bad professors and health emergencies do happen...

Re: Is a 3.8 THAT much beter than a 3.78?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:29 pm
by Noval
utopian_grrl wrote:Obviously, from the topic, you can conclude that I currently have a 3.78. While I still have two more semesters that will ultimately determine my cumulative GPA, I'm wondering how falling short by as little as two one-hundredths could affect my law school and scholarship chances. I'm optimistic I'll reach a 3.8 but bad professors and health emergencies do happen...



Remember that if you get rejected from Law School, it's not because you're stats are too low, it's because someone who had better stats took your place.


That said, 3.8 is better than 3.78 and some other people can rank above you during selection.
You still have a good chance in a T14, but keep in mind that competition is stiff and there are applicants with much better stats, learn to stand out of the crowd with massive ECs or something similar and you will get accepted in your first choice University.

Re: Is a 3.8 THAT much beter than a 3.78?

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:32 pm
by DoubleChecks
utopian_grrl wrote:Obviously, from the topic, you can conclude that I currently have a 3.78. While I still have two more semesters that will ultimately determine my cumulative GPA, I'm wondering how falling short by as little as two one-hundredths could affect my law school and scholarship chances. I'm optimistic I'll reach a 3.8 but bad professors and health emergencies do happen...


i would not say a 3.8 is THAT much better than a 3.78...unless the school's median falls at 3.8 lol. even then, obviously not a big deal...adcomms will not reject you BECAUSE your GPA was 0.02 off (and around 3.8 already)

some schools supposedly have 'soft' bottoms at 3.8...but those are soft by definition

Re: Is a 3.8 THAT much better than a 3.78?

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:20 am
by whymeohgodno
I think it's all about the medians. If the median=3.79 and you have a 3.78 it can mean the world.

Re: Is a 3.8 THAT much beter than a 3.78?

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:31 am
by traehekat
DoubleChecks wrote:
utopian_grrl wrote:Obviously, from the topic, you can conclude that I currently have a 3.78. While I still have two more semesters that will ultimately determine my cumulative GPA, I'm wondering how falling short by as little as two one-hundredths could affect my law school and scholarship chances. I'm optimistic I'll reach a 3.8 but bad professors and health emergencies do happen...


i would not say a 3.8 is THAT much better than a 3.78...unless the school's median falls at 3.8 lol. even then, obviously not a big deal...adcomms will not reject you BECAUSE your GPA was 0.02 off (and around 3.8 already)

some schools supposedly have 'soft' bottoms at 3.8...but those are soft by definition


This. It is all about whether admitting you will bring down the median. That said, if it really isn't going to bring it down much (median=3.8 you=3.78) then I don't think it will make a difference. So to answer your question, no, .02 difference isn't a big deal in any case really.

Re: Is a 3.8 THAT much better than a 3.78?

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 6:14 am
by Hannibal
You should really be thinking much more about your LSAT than .02 points in your GPA. Your LSAT actually counts more than your GPA, one point in that means more than your .02.