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Tara Kuther, Ph.D.

Can You Raise a Bad GPA?

By December 1, 2005

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I graduated about 5 years ago and only recently decided to go back to graduate school. The program I want to go to asks for a 3.5 and I only had a 2.5... Has anyone been in a similar situation? Can taking classes at a local university raise your GPA? Is there anything I can do to get into this program? Discuss.


February 14, 2007 at 2:16 am
(1) Ignacio says:

I dont know, but I have a 2.532 GPA, and I have one year left in school. If I make straight A’s this semester, and Straight A’s next semester, I figured out my GPA will turn into 2.833. So the math works, and if you like maybe you can do some calculations how will getting some classes will raise your grades. Maybe a semester at college can raise your grades to 2.7, I depends on the amount of classes taken, but i might be, so the advise is for one thing you can do the math and see…

January 31, 2008 at 10:46 am
(2) Maya says:

Hello my gpa is 2.6714 and i sooooo sad im not smart my dream is to be a fashion designer and to go to howard in there fashion program or to new york to go to a design school

but i cant do that with a bad gpa what can i do to raise my gpa ?

January 22, 2011 at 10:17 am
(3) Chris says:

The way I understand it, most grad schools will only accept your GPA from your undergraduate degree. Just call the admissions office and ask, there may be exceptions.

If you can’t do anything about the GPA, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your chances at admission. Work experience, certification programs, studying a foreign language, or even volunteering can help affect your overall application.

There’s always a way forward—you just have to figure out where to apply your efforts! Best wishes!

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