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Engineering Civil engineering student, low gpa. advice?

  1. Oct 3, 2011 #1
    i have 3 more semesters to go to get my civil engineering degree, currently my gpa is 2.5. i was ignorant and careless when i first started school, i have just started to get good grades my last 3 semesters. A's and B's.

    its going to be next to impossible to graduate with a 3.0 gpa, realistically speaking. id have to get straight A's for my next 3 semesters as well as take extra classes over the summer and get A's in them too.

    my only chance was to retake a few classes and get my GPA recalculated (kind of a grade forgiveness policy), but you can't retake a class that was originally taken more than 3 semesters ago. That leaves me being able to retake only 2 classes, i could get an A in one but it would be tough to get an A in the other, a B is more realistic. this would bring my gpa to 2.6.

    im really not sure what to do. im in the ASCE chapter at my school, i will have a little bridge design + building + testing experience, but my low gpa worries me a lot. can i get hired without at least a 3.0 cumulative gpa? my engineering/major gpa will definately be more than 3.0, but im not sure about the cumulative gpa.

    i think my only option is to meet with someone who can override the 3 semester rule and beg them to let me retake a few older classes. if this fails, the only thing left is to stay an extra semester and take easy A classes. i really dont want to do this, it will prolong my graduation.

    if anyone can give me any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

    thank you
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2011
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 4, 2011 #2

    i dont think it will be worth the extra money to take extra classes, ill just put my major GPA on my resume and stress my strengths.
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