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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 to make much of any difference as the evaluation is broad based. And there is nothing problematic about 3.9x grades in any case. And a single course grade is ...


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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 specialized awards, but no one will ask you for your doctoral level transcripts. They are largely meaningless in any case. If you passed comprehensive exams then you ...


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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" is probably too ambitious if you don't want to be utterly disappointed. Let the school you apply to do the conversion and don't worry about it. It is what it ...


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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 candidacy more positively. Later grades are usually more important than early ones. Letters of recommendation can be important to help the institution make a ...


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Since you're specifically asking about the situation in Germany, here are a few remarks that might be interesting for you (although the main point of these remarks is that it is essentially impossible to answer the question at the given level of generality). Admission rules at German universities depend on various things: for instance, the specific ...


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This varies by country and even by university, but in general, most people will give your recent work more weight in a decision than earlier work. People grow and change and it is usually recognized. But ultimately, the only way to know for sure is to apply. GRE might help in some places. But a few applications will give you solid information. A wild guess (...


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In a way, it doesn't matter at this point and so you shouldn't worry about it. Save your energy for things you can control. But I think you really shouldn't worry about it, because this is almost certainly not a big deal. I've submitted a lot of resumes for academic jobs (and even got offered some of them) and never once thought to look up rules around ...


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Answering for the US, graduate admissions are highly individualized - there's no formula, and decisions are being made by human beings tasked with evaluating a stack of applications that cannot be judged objectively. All it takes to be admitted to grad school is for at least one admissions committee at a school you apply to to decide you would make a good ...


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The worst that would happen is that people (myself) would wonder why you are gaming the GPA at such a fine level. What are your educational goals? Grades only? How much trouble will you give me in the future if I think you deserve a "less than perfect" mark? I realize this is a personal and pessimistic view, but I'd suggest you focus your mental ...


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Unless your university specifically confers an honor, you don't hold it.The three typical Latin honors have different meaning in different universities, if they have any meaning at all. And, 2.96/4.0 would not be considered very high if earned in a US university. But that last bit means nothing as the systems are very different and grades are assigned very ...


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Since most doctoral level admissions decisions are made by humans, it is impossible to say in general. Some will consider online course grades less relevant, others won't. But admission in the US has always (in my memory) been based on a wide variety of things with letters of recommendation rated fairly highly. Grades need to be "good enough" but ...


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No. They already have your transcripts. The purpose of your SOP is to answer the question, "What is your purpose is wanting to pursue a PhD?" It should be future-oriented, explaining your goals and what they should expect you'll do if they admit you. Your SOP is not the place to explain how you've dreamed of this since you first looked through a ...


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Medical issues, especially during your earlier years, are worth explaining in your SOP BUT it's not worth making an extra statement/essay. You don't want to be overdramatic with it, rather maybe a line or two in the sense of the whole SOP/application. GPA is a bit low, but you have a strong upward trend, plus all the issues were in your earlier years so ...


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A good GPA, etc, will give evidence that you work hard. That won't be an issue in the new field. But the admissions process/committee will need some assurance that you have the necessary prerequisite courses and knowledge in that new field or can quickly pick that up. That will weigh more heavily, perhaps. So, other things, such as the indicated research, ...


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The nature of the question suggests that this is in the US, so I'll assume that. If your lesser grades are outside your major (math) and you otherwise have a good/great application including stellar letters of recommendation, then I think grades elsewhere will matter very little. Given the pandemic, even less. Don't worry too much about it, but make sure ...


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Your older work is far less important than what you have done since. If you have turned it around and people are willing to attest to that in letters of recommendation the first year will likely hurt you very little. I can't say not at all, but not as much as you fear. For future stuff, focus on the future and on what you have learned enables success there. ...


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Considering that your exams are either written/laboratory experiments, I can suggest few pointers: Get proper sleep and eat healthy during such particularly high-stress periods (lot of caffeine is not probably the best way, but drinking water helps!), Get a proper break after you are done with one exam, it is important to send a signal to your brain to ...


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There is no doubt that your low score makes it difficult. However, it does not make it impossible. There are national competitive tests (GATE/NET ...) of various kinds for admissions to Master's (and higher) programmes in India. If you do well in them, you improve your chances quite a bit. Note that eligibility for these programmes in centrally funded ...


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If there is no trace in the transcript of that F grade or in the GPA, it will not hinder your application.


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Given the rules, I suspect that nearly everyone would treat these as regular courses since there is a grade on the transcript. Of course, we can't know what is in the minds of others and the rules are unique enough that there are unlikely to be policies that govern the application. Admissions varies a lot, but the CGPA alone is unlikely to be the only thing ...


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In the US, M.S. degree grades are expected to be high, since masters programs tend to give relatively high grades because people are paying so much to be there. Undergraduate grades are considered more meaningful because not everyone does well. Your undergraduate GPA is going to hurt you, especially at big programs that get a lot of applicants. I worked at ...


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There are many points to consider. You should think about what is your priority in the long-term since a PhD typically will take 5 years in India and 3 years in some other countries in the least, that too after a 2 years Master's degree. So if you don't really see yourself working on academic research for 3-5 years down the line, then a PhD is probably not ...


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Actually, reputation matters. If a college were to give out uniformly high grades then they would pretty soon not be trusted. And organizations that do "ranking" would be pretty savvy about such things. It would also be pretty hard for a university to manage such a thing, since grades are given by individual professors with individual preferences ...


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