Questions tagged [gpa]

On the Grade Point Average (GPA), a numerical measure of a student's performance over a semester or career. This tag may apply to questions on calculating the GPA, or on the impact of GPA on graduate admissions and academic careers.

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GPA rounding 2.498 to 2.5. How ethical is this? [duplicate]

I finished this year with a cumulative GPA of 2.498 (pretty low, not gonna lie). The main concern that I have is that when rounding to 2 digits, it will be pushed to a 2.5, and I'm worried that in ...
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Why is PhD GPA considered irrelevant?

The importance of a recent PhD’s GPA was recently dismissed in another question (What does an industry recruiter want to know my Ph.D. GPA for?). Why isn’t GPA considered relevant for graduate study?
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What does an industry recruiter want to know my Ph.D. GPA for? [closed]

What are the potential motives for an industry recruiter to want to know your PhD GPA? Does this imply the position is more of an office drone position than a pure research position?
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I have noticed GPA calculation “bug” in our University, what should I do?

University X offers course Y with Z credits. The course is mandatory, and very important. It lasts for more than one semester with heavy workload. The University awards Z credits for the course Y, but ...
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Is there a better measure of undergraduate academic performance than GPA?

An answer to a recent question about the importance of looking at a student's whole transcript got me thinking. Is there some other way of summing up a student's academic performance, other than the ...
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Do all universities have a minimum required GPA for graduate school application?

I am a senior undergraduate (electrical) engineering student, exceedingly interested in physics. 4 years ago when entering university, for some reasons (better: illusions) I chose engineering as my ...
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Can one be average in academics but great in research at same time in PhD

This has always kind of intrigued me. I have seen many students who are good in academics (the scale I am using for this is GPA, like around 3.8–4.0) and average in PhD research. I mean, they do ...
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How to convert from one grading scheme to another?

I'm trying to figure out the equivalence between grade schemes in different countries. According to some Google results: If you are a U.S. citizen, you need a GPA of 3.2+ (it varies, some say 3.2 ...
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Ethical GPA rounding

I am applying for a master's program in the US and am not sure how I should present my GPA ethically when discussing it. I have an undergrad total GPA of 3.394 and when asked to put in my undergrad ...
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Should I retake my A minus class in my last semester?

I am a senior who is planning on applying to psychology graduate program after a gap year. In the past three years, I have been involved in research projects and also internships that greatly enhanced ...
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Are masters programs generally easier to get into than PhD?

I'm doing my bachelors degree in mathematics right now at a state school. I know I'm not a top student and have made just pretty good grades in my undergrad career, but fell behind in others (a D in a ...
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How to find GPA distributions for US universities

I have been tasked with making a grade equivalence table for a small list of US universities to translate to grades at a European university. To do this I thought it would be easiest just to look at ...
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Does repeating a second course to bring my GPA up 0.05 points help or hurt for graduate admissions?

So, I previously repeated an undergraduate course and I am graduating next semester with only two courses left to take. I recently realized that if I repeat another course from my first year, I can ...
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Do graduate schools care more about my grades in math courses or my general GPA?

I'm currently a junior in mathematics at UIUC. I have been doing pretty well in my math courses (mostly A and A+). I will be completing a graduate course in topology, a second course in abstract ...
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Listing Latin Honor GPA while you are still undergraduate in your CV

I am wondering if my GPA is in the category of one of Latin honors like Cum Laude or Summa Cum Laude but I am still undergrad can I include Latin honors in CV while applying to graduate school? This ...
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What is considered a good GPA for studies in Germany

Coming from a different schooling/grading system, I have very little feeling about what actually is considered a good grade for studies in Germany. Here the passing grades are given in the range of 1....
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Repeat dropper and failure at multiple colleges. Is a Master's ever possible?

Just found this site and did some searching around but I'm not sure anyone is as nuts as I am. Long story short I've been living with a severe anxiety surrounding school. I'm 29 years old now and am ...
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How to report GPA, if minimum letter grade credits not reached?

How would a graduate student, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, report their GPA, on fellowship applications, if they have not yet accrued enough letter grade credits? UCSC seems to not ...
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How are GPAs from different universities evaluated for admissions to MS programs in the USA?

I am about to apply for a Master program in U.S. as I am about to graduate in Bachelor of Engineering. Though I heard that all my grades during all my academic life is taken into consideration (GPA). ...
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I am interested in graduate studies, but I was dismissed from my undergraduate program for poor grades. Where do I go from here?

I've had a tumultuous undergraduate experience, to say the least. After being suspended freshman year, being re-admitted in the Spring of 2014, and a rough 2014-2015 academic year, I've been dismissed ...
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What's the impact of former university's transcript on PhD application?

I'm a junior majoring in chemistry and have a plan for applying Ph.D. after graduation. My current GPA is not distinct, just 3.65 out of 4 (Many people say 3.7 is competitive while 3.6 is like average ...
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Low undergrad GPA, how should I inform a tenure track faculty job search committee?

I have a mediocre (3.3) GPA in undergrad due to illness (legit - I had to take a medical leave and was hospitalized), but I have great grades from my graduate institution. I worry that search ...
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Can you increase your undergrad gpa after graduating? [closed]

I've googled this question a few times and I've seen multiple different answers. I read that you can raise your undergrad gpa using a post bacc and I also read that post baccs provide a separate gpa. ...
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How to overcome a much earlier academic dismissal from undergraduate program in graduate admissions?

I am an international student from Korea and I have a very serious question while I am preparing for graduate school admissions. I graduated from two years college with 2.8 GPA. After that, I went to ...
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Do A+ grades (as an undergrad) matter at all for graduate school?

If I get A+ grades then it will raise my GPA in my undergrad institution, as well as for Columbia which is where I want to go to graduate school for statistics. Should I try hard to get A+ grades or ...
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Why dissertation has no score in GPA in United States?

I saw the PhD transcript of a colleague graduated from a US university. There was no score for the dissertation, just stated Pass with no effect on the cumulative GPA. Is it common? How the ...
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How much does a low undergraduate CGPA affect chances of getting a faculty job in a top-tier university?

Your undergraduate CGPA is quite low, but you were somehow accepted into a respected Masters and PhD program, and completed your postgraduate work quite successfully. Your undergraduate major was the ...
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How to know if I satisfy an equivalent 3.8 US GPA?

I graduated with a bachelor of math advanced (honor) with first class honor from an Australian university with a WAM (weighted average mark) of 93. My university does not have any GPA system. I am ...
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Does GPA/Transcript matter for academic jobs after the PhD?

Courses taken and GPA can matter quite significantly for undergraduates, both for applying to graduate school and applying for jobs. What about courses taken and GPA during PhD? Do they matter at all ...
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Should / How do I include my school's GPA Scale in my CV / Application

I'm preparing my grad school applications (CV, letter of intent, etc) and in these I need to include my GPA. My school uses the 4.3 scale and I feel as though not including this information is ...
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Is it OK to exclude 'extra courses' from the GPA reported in my CV?

I am a PhD student in a physical science major. I finished ALL of my required courses. Assume my current GPA is 3.5. Currently, I am taking 'extra' courses from another engineering department. Some of ...
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Will your undergrad GPA affect your graduate GPA in US?

Will your undergrad GPA affect your graduate GPA in US?
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GPA vs Undergrad prestige and difficulty

Consider the following scenario: Bob goes to a top-tier university for his undergraduate degree. This university is known for its extra challenging curriculum and Bob also challenges himself while ...
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GPA data across majors

I read an article recently showing research data of the average graduating GPAs for various majors. It was a discussion piece about whether or not humanities majors were more likely to have higher ...
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How long the curse of bad education remains in academic career?

It is understandable if considering the educational record (where s/he has studied and how is his/her transcript) of an applicant applied for junior academic positions such as postdoctoral fellow or ...
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How should a drop in GPA be presented positively in a Statement of Purpose?

During my undergrad studies, my first two years went fine but in third did not go well as compared to the first two years. Consequently, there was a drop in the GPA. But there was one good project at ...
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Applying to grad school for mathematics with low GPA, but reluctant to bring up the health issues that caused it

I'm currently a 3rd year undergrad majoring in math/physics. I was admitted to my university through an honors program due to outstanding high school achievement (my university is a large public one, ...
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How do graduate schools evaluate GPA?

I am wondering how graduate schools like Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, and MIT evaluate the GPA? Because you can boost your GPA by taking easy classes and in the application it only says enter your ...
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GPA calculation in German Grading system

I am studying in a German University where the GPA grades are : 1.0 , 1.3, 1.7, 2.0, 2.3, 2.7, 3.0, 3.3, 3.7, 4.0 with 1.0 being the best score a student can get in exam and below 4.0 it is fail. ...
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Should I focus on GPA or publishing (undergraduate)?

I have high GPA. However, I'm now in my last undergraduate year and I feel attracted to research and publishing research outputs. Should I go ahead with publishing my research? This may negatively ...
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Did I screw myself out of graduate school? [closed]

I graduated from a state school in 2009 with a 2.77 overall GPA. I technically should have graduated in 2008, but was only going part time, so I stretched it out and became a "super senior." I'll be ...
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Looking for advice about potential post-doc opportunity

I would like to read some opinions about a complex situation regarding a potential postdoc position that I am not 100% sure about how to approach. As part of my PhD I had to take several courses, six ...
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How do you leverage a good transcript in PhD admissions?

A lot of the posts here are about getting a bad transcript through PhD applications - my question is the converse. I'm applying to engineering PhD programs and I have quite a good GPA (3.92/4.00), ...
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Is it possible to get into a good masters program in computer science with a 3-3.5 GPA?

I'm currently a third-year student at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. I'm still on the fence regarding whether or not I want to pursue a ...
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Can I get into grad school with a low GPA? [duplicate]

So here's my situation: I'm a senior electrical-engineering major student in a decent-ranked university (60-80), and I've been working in a lab in our department and published 2 papers as the second ...
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Is it acceptable to round up my GPA on my resume?

I'm currently a college senior and I'm working on updating my resume. My GPA is a 3.46. Is it acceptable/ethical to put on my resume that my GPA is a 3.5?
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Why are GPAs calculated the way they are?

At most schools an A is a 4.0, an A- is a 3.7, and so on. I feel like this system is not really representative of a person's true skill. For example, a person who got a 100% in a class will get the ...
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Repeat dropper and failure at multiple community colleges. Is there no hope for me? [closed]

I had a very rough upbringing and I have been lost for all my 20's. I just turned 30 a month ago and its really hitting me hard. I dont want to be a nobody all my life. I've finally had enough and I ...
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Which GPA is more important for applying to PhD programs, graduate or undergraduate?

I have BE and MS from the University of Tokyo (a research university in Japan) and I'm planning to study and do research in US as a PhD student. My questions is: which is more important, GPA at ...
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Restart a degree program with a fresh GPA [closed]

There is a hypothetical situation I've wondered about. When an undergraduate student receives an undesirable class grade, that grade is typically left on their transcript (with the exception of ...