I received my undergraduate transcript with the fall semester grades a week back; I was wondering whether I should use it over an old transcript for my application to grad school in the US (top 10 in physics).
Reasons for sending old transcript (latest: spring grades from junior year):
- Spring semester showed good grades.
- Higher CGPA (+0.05 on a scale of 10.0).
- Subsequent fall semester shows a downturn in grades (-0.7 on a scale of 10.0).
Reason for sending new transcript (latest: fall grades from senior year):
- Shows advanced physics and math courses; I have talked a bit about these courses and a project in my Statement of Purpose.
One reason for the less than ideal performance in the fall semester is taking a lot of theory courses; however, I have not "explained" this in my SOP as there aren't any failing grades (or really poor performance).
Does the choice between the two transcripts really matter or am I overthinking this? If it matters, I am an international applicant from India.
P.S. I have completed the essential courses earlier so that is not a factor to be considered.
Edit: As pointed in a comment below, this question is not a duplicate as my grades are quite good (sorry for not mentioning this in the original post).