I stumbled upon my school's grad school admissions criteria today. The GPA requirement was a 3.0 in junior- and senior-level coursework. I was always under the impression that the 3.0 cutoff was for your entire coursework. I then looked at UCLA's requirement and it was the same way. But another school (I believe it was USC) had a 3.0 cutoff for the whole degree. I had a rocky first couple years, and I'm trying to improve my performance for my last two years for grad school. Is this method of gauging one's performance common for grad school? It'd be nice to see the next couple years as a way to redeem myself for my prior mediocrity.