How does one overcome a low undergrad GPA in a grad school application?
July 16, 2012 8:08 PM Subscribe
Your undergraduate GPA was not stellar, you spent some time away from school, then you got into the graduate program you wanted. HOW DID YOU DO IT? Special bonus if it was NYU Food Studies.
posted by DeWalt_Russ to education (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Asking for a friend: What should one do to show up on the radar of graduate programs?
My friend, who studied something completely different in college, has worked very hard for several years learning the trade (and climbing the ladder) at a well-regarded gourmet food shop in Brooklyn. She has published (not self-published) a cookbook that got some nice reviews from newspapers and a big blog.
She has poured herself into this new direction and she very much wants to enhance her future prospects by getting her master's from NYU's Food Studies program. Despite the last half-decade of dedicated hard work and achievement, her application gets rejected.
Like the title sez, her undergrad GPA is low, but it doesn't reflect her recent drive and commitment. What does she have to do to get their attention?
If this sounds vaguely like you, what did YOU do to convince the admissions department that you were a viable, valuable candidate for their program?