I have passed several loops of evaluation by a professor, who would like to be my future advisor. He told me that he made his final decision on me and was pleased to offer me a RA position in his lab. He asked me to submit my application and he could expedite the application so that I could get the admission quickly. But I have a weakness of undergraduate GPA(3.01/4, he didnt ask for any transcript information during our connection). I'm waiting for the admission information but very uptight about the result. I'm super worried about being rejected by the graduate school because of my undergraduate gpa.

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    Sorry, this depends on the rules of the university. Stack Exchange cannot help here. You should always have a backup plan. – Anonymous Physicist Aug 6 at 7:24
  • US? ............ – user111388 Aug 6 at 15:17

The best thing you can do is to ask the professor. Tell them you’re worried that you won’t be accepted because of your GPA, and whether it’ll be an issue.

My guess is that if a professor suggests that you join the program, and says they’ll expedite it, they know what’s the admission process and requirements. Send your application to them before you submit and ask if it looks ok, they’ll know what to do. In many departments the word of a professor who really wants someone to join carries a lot of weight, so I wouldn’t worry too much. But bottom line: communicate with the person whom you’ll be discussing many issues with for the next few years.

  • Thank you so much, Mister. This is quite a nice answer that I need. And the professor was like "I will start working on it tomorrow. You will hear from our staff soon regarding admission. You can expect to receive the decision and an offer letter from the Department in about 2 weeks if not longer". Is it a positive reply ? – Keita Sugano Aug 6 at 14:11
  • Actually I would not go back to the professor. Presumably s/he has already taken the GPA into account. If it wasn't a problem then, it won't be a problem now, and you are just making more work for the prof. If the decision lies elsewhere, then it will be evaluated elsewhere. Let it lie. – Buffy Aug 6 at 19:25

If the Graduate School has the final say, then you will have to wait for their decision - we cannot guess their response, and probably neither can the professor.

However, if the professor has the final say and the Grad School just processes his acceptance then you should be fine, assuming there are no hidden things...

  • Thanks for your answer. Can you kindly help me to check out the reply of the professor? I'm not sure if I might miss some information of it. – Keita Sugano Aug 6 at 7:24
  • -1 contradictory, does not mention that the rules vary between universities – Anonymous Physicist Aug 6 at 7:25
  • I'm applying for PhD program in the states. How can I get to know the rules of a certain university – Keita Sugano Aug 6 at 7:27
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    @AnonymousPhysicist The answer starts with "If ..." and the second para starts with "However..." so I assume you must have a problem with English.... – Solar Mike Aug 6 at 7:34
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    @AnonymousPhysicist, I think you are being excessively picky here. I certainly didn't misunderstand the intent of the answer. Policies differ. What is hard or "contradictory" about that? Bad call. Go to the replay. – Buffy Aug 6 at 19:23

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