The 'what ifs' are getting to me.
February 23, 2011 10:04 AM Subscribe
How much would a 3.4 college gpa limit me in terms of grad school?
posted by geegollygosh to education (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in my last year of undergrad studying sociology/anthropology and it looks like my final gpa is going to be a 3.4 which is fine but not outstanding for my major. I wasn't (and still am not) planning to go to grad school, but it is very possible that I will sometime in the future if it seems like a good idea in a year or ten.
Because I wasn't planning on going to grad school, I didn't do a lot of things that I could have done to get my gpa higher-- the obvious one being work harder, but also I took a lot of classes outside of my major that I thought would be interesting even though I knew I wouldn't necessarily do well in them, I never took anything pass/fail, I pretty much always took 17 or 18 credits even when I didn't need to, I focused a lot on my part time internship outside of school, I chose to write an optional senior thesis which I didn't get gpa credit for but which took up a ton of my time and affected my grades senior year, and I did a semester study abroad program which lowered my gpa because of different grading standards.
Anyway, I may never apply to grad school, but in my last semester I'm starting to wonder (now that I can't do anything about it) how seriously I may have limited my choices for grad school if I decide to go in the future (in social sciences or in education probably). I go to a school that is pretty well regarded by grad schools, and my writing and references would be good.
so, I guess this is a two part question-- have I limited my options for a good grad program, and if and when I apply to a grad program, should I explain some of the reasons that my gpa is pretty average or would that just be seen as obnoxious rationalizing?