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GPA for grad school

  1. Sep 8, 2010 #1
    Looking at some of the older threads, I've gotten the message that with my major gpa of 2.8 (in electrical engineering) and overall gpa of 3.12 I don't have a good shot at getting into grad school. However, a few professors that I have taken classes from and done research for are encouraging me to apply. So I was just wondering-- am I likely to be rejected by all grad schools, even the "bad" ones? I don't care too much about what grad school I get into, I just want to get into one. I know I don't have a chance at the prestigious or even middle-range grad schools.

    Edit: I've told these professors my gpa so they see the whole picture
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  3. Sep 8, 2010 #2
    You have a good shot of getting into your current school's grad school if any of these professors want to take you on as a student and you have a have decent shot if any of your recommenders have a great reputation in the field/are well known by someone at one of the schools you're applying to.

    Also, masters programs are far easier to get into.
  4. Sep 8, 2010 #3
    If your profs are encouraging you to apply, and you want to go to grad school, then apply man!
  5. Sep 8, 2010 #4
    If you have professors that want you to apply and you can get good recommendation letters from them, then that will make up somewhat for a bad GPA.
  6. Sep 8, 2010 #5


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    There really aren't any 'bad' grad schools - they are what you make of them. I've attended two unranked (rank > 100) grad schools in physics, and people from those schools have gotten jobs/postdocs at Harvard, other top schools, large national labs, NASA, faculty jobs right out of grad school, etc. Rankings are very much related to how many PhDs you graduate a year, so a small program may be low-ranked by have some great faculty members and opportunities. In fact, because my current grad program doesn't have a ton of it's own resources, we've been working with collaborations at Berkeley, a few national labs, NIST, Max Planck, and many more top programs to get the resources we need. Just because a school might be easier to get into than a top program doesn't mean you can't do very well there.
  7. Sep 8, 2010 #6
    if your professors are encouraging you to apply despite your lackluster GPA, go for it! sounds like a very good recommendation in my book... (also, you want to go to graduate school, right?)

    and talk to your professors about which schools are on your level and what not.
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