esgalerin Posted July 11, 2012 Share Posted July 11, 2012 I dropped out of college after my first two years (dissatisfaction with original major, denial about dissatisfaction, depression, denial about depression; you know how it goes). During the next two years, besides bumming around and generally feeling sorry for myself, I figured out why I wanted to go to school and what I want to do with my life, and now I really want to go to grad school. The problem is that when I dropped out, I had a GPA of something like 1.9, so I figure that to manage a 3.0 GPA, the minimum GPA to be even considered for most grad programs, as far as I can tell, I need to retake all the classes that I failed before AND get close to a 4.0 in my remaining time in undergrad... which I haven't been doing. (I got a D+ in one of my classes in a quarter when I took 5 classes as opposed to the usual 3-4 classes. On the other hand, I got on the Dean's List last quarter, which is apparently noted on the transcript.) I'm going to be a senior in linguistics in the fall, and my GPA is currently a 2.6 (3.5 in the major), which means that I won't be able to apply this winter, but I can probably raise it enough to apply next year. I know there are plenty of people who don't get accepted by any programs the first time around. Presumably they're doing something to make themselves more attractive candidates besides rewriting personal statements and retaking tests, but I have no idea what that is. Should I take classes at a community college to boost my GPA, even if those classes aren't particularly related to linguistics? On a related note, does anybody know how strictly admissions officers stick to the minimum GPA listed on websites? Other than my GPA, my credentials are pretty decent, I think. There are two professors whom I'm fairly confident will write me strong LoR's, and I'm going to try to get in on a research project when the school year starts. (It didn't even occur to me that non-science undergrads could do research until a month ago. It's not just to boost my application; I want to go into research eventually.) I usually do well on papers, especially when the topic is one I care about, so I'm not too worried about the personal statements. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but unless I go into full-on panic mode, I should get a pretty good score. Didn't mean to brag, but my point is that if they won't necessarily reject me out of hand for having a GPA of less than 3.0, I might go ahead and try applying this year. Sorry for the general rambliness of the post. I was feeling kinda panicky up to the last bit. (But you must be used to that on these boards, huh?) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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