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Ecorleone
02-19-2008, 05:09 AM
Which one is really more important?

Obviously this question does not apply to the students that have very similar grades both in Undergraduate and graduate classes.

i.e. Who do you think has a better chance? Someone with a 3.0 UGPA and 4.0 grad. GPA, or someone with 4.0 UGPA and 3.0 grad. GPA (ceteris paribus)?

Olm
02-19-2008, 05:13 AM
Read this thread to start:
http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-economics/80188-bye-bye-top-20-advice-applicants-low-ugrad-gpas-bad-math-grades.html

As for your specific example, the person whose grad GPA is 3.0 will immediately get his application shot in the reject pile at any decently-ranked school. Those whose grades improved as time went on (such as myself) are obviously fighting an uphill battle, but at least we have a chance.

Ecorleone
02-19-2008, 05:17 AM
Olm, what are your GPAs?
P.S. I know you have your profile posted somewhere, but looking over 334 posts... makes it hard to find

math2009
02-19-2008, 05:43 AM
double post

math2009
02-19-2008, 05:48 AM
how about my situation

3.5 UGPA
2.0 First year graduate GPA.(7 phd courses,failed 2)
3.9 second year graduate GPA.(3 master courses +6 phd courses. got all 90+ in the phd courses)


though I dont think the low grades actually reflects my understanding of the material, have to face the reallity...

filroz
02-19-2008, 06:43 AM
If you go through decision threads from last years, there is nearly noone with gpa as low as mine or Olm's. I do not know whether people in the past were to shy or actually absent from this forum. In this aspect this year is great for new data...
so lets wait a few weeks and :luck2: for us low gpa-ers

Ecorleone
02-19-2008, 02:56 PM
How low is to low to you guys??

I mean, I never seen any top 20 U. Website saying that they even think of admitting someone with a GPA lower than 3.5

I my case, as many of us, I did very well in my last undergrad year and masters program (ranked 1), but nothing to do with my overall UGPA.... it’s almost embarrassing.

"I really wanna go to grad school"