I am applying for Fall, 2015 in PhD programs (Computer science).
The admissions page of many universities I saw, demand an undergrad GPA of at least 3.0 and graduate GPA of at least 3.5
Now, I excelled in the two masters degrees I have (MBA, MS).
But I was an average student in undergrad. Average in India means that I scored around 68% in my undergrad years (I.T.)
If you ask me, I think this conversion thing is crazy. Many colleges in India grade/score very stringently, since the minimum percentage required to graduate is 50%. So, if I were an average student at an elite college in India, my CGPA/ Percentage would be 7.0 or 70%. Using this conversion table, my GPA on a 4 point scale would be 2.3.
In the US, however, you need a min. GPA of 2.75 to graduate. A GPA below 3 is considered to be a shocker, while a GPA between 3 and 3.5 would be considered below average. It'll never work; it's like comparing Apples with Oranges.
Am I missing something here? Any thoughts on how universities make this conversion?
Also, should I be using WES to ensure a "fair" reflection of my performance.