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GPA rounding 2.498 to 2.5. How ethical is this?

There's no way to know how someone will react to a given situation but I would suggest to at least have a reason if you are challenged. For instance, it might be reasonable to supply the same number ...
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Why is PhD GPA considered irrelevant?

Simple: a graduate degree (esp. PhD) is about research. GPA doesn't measure research ability to any extent.
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How can I explain bad grades in a PhD application due to bad lecturers?

I recommend you don't mention this at all. Here are some reasons: Variation in the quality of lecturers is already built into the grades and GPAs of all other students, so this does not raise any ...
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Why is PhD GPA considered irrelevant?

The PhD is a ~6 year degree, and most classes are in the first year or two. As others have said, the classes are really incidental; the PhD is about doing original research. There is also the question ...
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What does an industry recruiter want to know my Ph.D. GPA for?

The most likely motive is your recruiter believes PhD GPAs are as relevant as undergrad GPAs. My guess is this recruiter has a plethora of office jobs and doesn't usually work with academics. It is ...
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GPA rounding 2.498 to 2.5. How ethical is this?

You probably want to read about significant figures. The premise of significant figures is that only so many additional digits mean anything. Depending on how many digits others want to see your GPA ...
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How can I explain bad grades in a PhD application due to bad lecturers?

I agree completely with Ben's answer: you should not attempt to blame your lecturers in your application materials, even if your complaints are justified. Most students have to deal with their fair ...
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Should I retake my A minus class in my last semester?

TL;DR: Probably not worth it. Take something else and expand your horizons. From a knowledge perspective, you're not getting anything out of this. You got an A- in the course -- on a transcript, that ...
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Ethical GPA rounding

There are widely accepted standard rounding rules: any number greater than or equal to 3.35 should be rounded up to 3.4. There is no reason to expect that an application would want non-conventional ...
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What would be the best way to convince a professor to waive late submission penalties?

Professors will say no by default to all such requests, but a lot of the time they secretly want to say yes, so you need to help them help you by providing all the relevant context, being logical and ...
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Why is PhD GPA considered irrelevant?

One more point: in some cases, a graduate course may be simply an opportunity for students to attend a series of advanced lectures on a particular topic. There may not be any homework, exams, papers, ...
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What would be the best way to convince a professor to waive late submission penalties?

I'm going to guess that you won't be able to convince them, no matter what you say. I think the rule that they imposed is very strict, but not unreasonable. They may have done so as a goad to get you ...
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Why does an admissions committee need to look at the whole transcript?

The problem with GPA as a measure is that it just mixes together a bunch of different classes indiscriminately. Consider these three different students: This student is pretty steady, but not great, ...
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Should I retake my A minus class in my last semester?

I would actually consider doing this a negative. One of the things I noticed when I started my PhD work is that the transition from undergraduate work can be a harsh one. Expectations soar, all of ...
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Is it normal for an instructor to refuse to tell students their current grade?

I've been that professor several times. Much to my own chagrin, there often is no such thing as "the current grade". On a typical day during a typical semester, there are scores for homeworks, quizzes,...
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Is there a better measure of undergraduate academic performance than GPA?

I believe that there cannot be any single numerical statistic or small set of such statistics that summarizes the nature of a student well. The first reason for my assessment is that there are too ...
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GPA rounding 2.498 to 2.5. How ethical is this?

I doubt an employer would perceive you rounding to 2.5 as unethical. However, you need to be aware of how they are using that information. If you are interviewing for some government or academic ...
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What does an industry recruiter want to know my Ph.D. GPA for?

In general it is difficult to tell whether a PhD student is a good researcher or not right after finishing his/her degree. Good results could come from a helping advisor, a lucky topic, or good office ...
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How can I explain bad grades in a PhD application due to bad lecturers?

Your best option is to say nothing, and talk about your strengths rather than weaknesses. Most students have weaknesses, whether it's low grades in some courses or something else. Admission committees ...
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How to find GPA distributions for US universities

Stuart Rojstaczer maintains a web page with information about average GPA at many universities in the U.S. The data on that page was last updated in 2009, and is next scheduled to be updated in ...
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Why is PhD GPA considered irrelevant?

I would like to extend xuq01's answer a bit: Simple: a graduate degree (esp. PhD) is about research. GPA doesn't measure research ability to any extent. For those who wonder why, here is my take....
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Is it okay for the graduate school if my fall semester GPA drops?

Yes, you are worrying too much. It is actually pretty common for grades to drop somewhat in the final term. Students have a lot on their minds. In the US, at least, any single data point is unlikely ...
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Does PhD GPA matter after grad school regarding academic funding?

It is extremely unlikely that anyone would care, especially a source of funds. They are interested in you research potential and your productivity. There might be various aspects to that for ...
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High-school Grades effect on graduate schools admission

In general, university admission in Germany is pretty bureaucratic. You have to fulfill general requirements, and if you meet them, you get into the program. The requirements for a master's degree are ...
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Why is PhD GPA considered irrelevant?

In the case where you do have a GPA during your PhD, it's frequently irrelevant and largely the result of some arcane bureaucratic requirements. After my wife defended her thesis and requested her ...
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Should I apply to a PhD program without submitting the transcript of my exchange studies?

Almost all universities require transcripts from all previous programs. It could be considered fraud to omit a transcript. I suggest that you follow the rules but use other things to support your ...
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How good/bad is my Indian CGPA according to US GPA scale?

Let me make a (strong) suggestion that you broaden your search to include some schools down to perhaps the 50th ranked university. Don't neglect the ivies, but Stony Brook as a "safety school&...
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~2.85 GPA first semester at an Ivy for math. Options for to grad school?

You've got three years to figure this out -- no need to worry about it right now. As a math major, you can do this kind of math yourself: If you got all As from here on out, the remaining 7 semesters ...
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