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Do I have a good chance of getting into graduate school?

  1. Nov 17, 2011 #1
    I am currently enrolled in a community college and I am a chemical engineering major. I plan on transferring to the local uni next fall (University of Utah if you are wondering). I would like to go to graduate school some day or at least keep the option open. The minimum gpa for the grad program here is a 3.0. I know that they mostly look at the last year or so of upper division courses and not so much your early freshman stuff.

    My questions are :

    1) Right now my gpa is about a 3.5 in my calc, physics, chem, and first engineering courses. I know the upper division courses are going to be more difficult. In your experience, do I stand a good chance of maintaining that 3.0 in upper division classes?

    2) Are there ways of obtaining a syllabus for a uni course even if I'm not enrolled? I ask because for certain courses (such as heat transfer/mass separation) I would like to know which topics will be covered and which text the class will use. This way I can get a head start before the class starts and staying a little ahead of the instructor. I figure this is my best chance of getting good grades.
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  3. Nov 17, 2011 #2
    #1.) I don't know how it works for engineering, but for physics, I am told that a GPA of 3.5 or so should be the minimum in order to get a paid ride through grad school. I am sure that you can get accepted somewhere with the minimum of 3.0, but certainly you don't want to pay for it right?

    Before I was enrolled at my current university, I was at a community college and I wanted the syllabi for future courses. I simply used google to filter sited with yourschool.edu and searched for the course title. You can usually find the syllabus that way. In one case I simply called registration, got the name/email of a professor teaching a course I was interested in, and sent them an email. Getting ahead is always good.
  4. Nov 17, 2011 #3
    I'm going to strive for the highest gpa I can get. But I'm working part time as an intern (good experience) and it's going to be REALLY hard to get a 3.5 gpa I think. In order to do that I would need to not work at all but I don't know if I want to give up this internship :(
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