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My GPA in undergrad was 3.1, which is above the minimum threshold of 3.0 for most graduate schools. However, I know it's not spectacular. It is mostly due to poor grades in my freshman and sophomore years. My junior and senior years averaged around 3.4-3.5. I am applying to Virginia Tech, University of Texas at Austin, Ohio State University, and University of Washington (in addition to a couple less selective schools as backups).
Assuming my portfolio, essays, and letters of recommendations are all sufficient, is my GPA low enough that I should provide some supplemental information to the schools to address it and explain why I don't think GPA is an accurate representation of my skills, etc. or should I just not say anything? I have heard that GPA should be acknowledged if it is unreasonably low, but I am unsure if 3.1, being still above the minimum, needs an explanation.
my GRE is decent, 155/155/4.5.
Any advice is appreciated!
From my speculations of this forum for weeks, I think your GPA is just fine. Make sure your portfolio is great and you should be good. Honestly, I think the schools you are applying should take you unless your portfolio is subpar.