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Grad School prospects with a bad GPA?

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June 20, 2019 / By Aspen
Question: So I am a junior in college right now. I got careless and stupid and have a pretty poor GPA (2.44). If I do really well I can pull that GPA up to a 2.8-2.9. I love what I am studying (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and I go to a very competitive Engineering school (Virginia Tech ranked in the top 10 for Civil). I would consider myself very intelligent. Upon discussing topics with classmates,I am well spoken and in general know much more about the topics than my peers, but am hindered by my GPA (which is frankly my own mistake). What are my prospects into getting into graduate school? Since the nature of engineering is to work, I plan to do so after graduation, but I have aspirations to achieve a masters and possibly a PhD some insight anyone? I'm a 21 years old and feeling like a chicken with his head cut off. I honestly feel like these aspirations are starting to slip away
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Aaren Aaren | 10 days ago
Do not let your GPA discourage you. When you apply to graduate school, make sure you have a couple years work experience, write an excellent personal statement, include your resume and make sure your application packet is complete. IF you can try to get in internship in the engineering field and score well on the graduate school entrance exam. Like the previous user stated, take some graduate classes in the field you want to study and do extremely well. Then when you write your personal statement for for graduate school, you can write an addendum that states your graduate school record and work experience are true indicators of your capabilities in graduate school.Also, what some graduate schools do when you do not have at least a 3.0 gpa, is that they will accept you on a contingent basis that you maintain at least a 3.0 gpa. Also, being that the programs you want to apply to are highly competitive you may want to apply to arance of schools, ranging from tier 1 to tier 3 and then transfer to a better school. Best of luck. Continue to get high grades b/c they will boost your gpa. Also, you may want to take some summer classes to boost your gpa as well. Oh and try applying to your undergrad for graduate school programs. Best of luck! Stay positive, focus, and do not beat yourself up. This is no time to be negative because it will only hinder your chances of doing well academically. Also grad schools like to see a positive trend in grades, meaning your gpa continues to increase as the semesters progress. Vtech is a great school that is reputable so just coming from that undergrad should be a help as well.
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Solomon Solomon
Respectable graduate schools of Engineering will not take you As-Is. You have several options: 1) Work a couple of years, get good recommendations, AND pass the FE/EIT exam. (Many Grads Schools of Engineering consider this a better test of Engineering Basics than the GRE). Then apply. You may get conditional/probationary acceptance into a Master's. 2) Enroll in a couple of graduate courses on a non-degree basis. If you ace them, you can apply for conditional/probationary acceptance. 3) Get an MSET degree in Engineering Technology rather than an MSCE. You will almost certainly be accepted. There are about a dozen schools offering this degree. Wayne State's program is typical. Of course, get your PE license. Do it ASAP, because some states plan to require a Master's degree for the PE license starting ~2015.
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Osborn Osborn
Graduate school requires a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. Unfortunately it looks like you don't have any grad school prospects.
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