Significant upward trend...what are my odds?

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tyw5667
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Significant upward trend...what are my odds?

Postby tyw5667 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:40 pm

I understand that all of my GPA information will get averaged together...but I would like some opinions anyways. Lets say I had a 2.6 my first two years at the University of Pittsburgh due to depression, living situation, family issues etc. Then I have a 4.0 for two years at Penn State. Assuming I am in the 160-165 range on the LSAT, how are my chances? Psychology w/ a Biology concentration by the way. Will they even care about the upward trend? Or will I still be in trouble because of the mediocre cumulative GPA? I would like to go somewhere in the top 100 (preferably top 50). Thanks

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Re: Significant upward trend...what are my odds?

Postby bceagles182 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:44 pm

If you end up with 165 and a 3.3 you'll have no problem cracking the top 50 regardless of the impact of the trend

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Re: Significant upward trend...what are my odds?

Postby tyw5667 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:19 pm

Would I be pretty much good to go applying ED to American with those numbers? I would think so but not sure.

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Re: Significant upward trend...what are my odds?

Postby jonas586 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:49 pm

A 165 could get you better than an ED at American. If anything, you should apply RD and hope for a scholarship.

Also, upward trends in GPA play a relatively insignificant role in admissions. I wouldn't count on it for much of a boost.

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Re: Significant upward trend...what are my odds?

Postby tyw5667 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:19 pm

My next dilemma is how to spin my personal statement for the University of Pittsburgh. How do I possibly explain why I transferred to a different school, got much better grades, but now want to return to my initial undergrad school? Ha.

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Re: Significant upward trend...what are my odds?

Postby monkeyboy » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:29 pm

tyw5667 wrote:My next dilemma is how to spin my personal statement for the University of Pittsburgh. How do I possibly explain why I transferred to a different school, got much better grades, but now want to return to my initial undergrad school? Ha.


They wouldn't care. No need to explain. With a 165, they'd welcome you back with open arms. You would be the prodigal son.




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