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LOW GPA APPLYING IVY LEAGUE GRAD SCHOOL

Sep 4 '13 8 Last Comment
Yunhwan JungYunhwan Jung
Sep 4, 13 10:20 am

HEY GUYS,

I'M HAVING HARD TIME TO APPLY IVY LEAGUE GRAD SCHOOL.

I'M TRYING TO APPLY "HARVARD, COLUMBIA, CORNELL, YALE, AND UPENN"

FOR M-ARCH 1. I HAVE INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE BACKGROUND FOR UNDERGRAD 

SCHOOL. AND MY GPA IS ABOUT 2.6. IS THERE ANY PEOPLE WHO GOT IN TO GOOD 

GRAD SCHOOL WITH THIS LOW GPA? 

PLEASE HELP ME 

 

THANKS

 

natematt
Sep 4, 13 12:15 pm

... apply to a range of schools, not just ivys. There are plenty of good schools that are not as hard to get into or expensive.

 

Volunteer
Sep 4, 13 12:45 pm

Sure, have the Bush family buy your way in like they did for George Jr. In the Harvard MBA program. Of course that might give you a clue as to what the degree is really worth, sans the BS.

observant
Sep 4, 13 1:09 pm

To the OP:

In this last Spring admission cycle, people who were worried about their chances of getting into an Ivy League school, and had let us know their slate of qualifications, got in.  I should says "Some did."  So, yes, you might get in.  But apply to other schools which are NOT Ivy League schools.

Your question is reasonable.  The thread that was among the funnier ones was the community college student with low grades, presumably in the U.S., who wanted to go to London's AA.  I think they should have been looking for an architecture program at "Wazza Matta U" instead.

snail
Sep 4, 13 3:00 pm


Those schools are philosophically very different from each other in some cases. Maybe you should think more about what type of experience you want in graduate school and then apply to a range of different schools in your genre of interest.


observant
Sep 4, 13 3:07 pm

^

True, the ones that most likely turn you down is because your intent or approach is not simpatico with theirs.  So, in the end, that's a good thing.

accesskb
Sep 7, 13 12:07 am

raise your GPA, pray, pay off the school..  It wouldn't be fun if everyone with low GPA's got into top schools too you know

paintitblack
Sep 14, 13 5:39 pm

It is possible - you are a complete package, not just a gpa score.  I got into an Ivy with a 2.9 BUT I studied my ass off for the GRE and received a good score, and spent a year on my portfolio, and made sure my resume and recommendation letter/volunteer work, personal statement etc showed that I was a serious individual and not still the depressed kid who lacked time management that I was in undergrad.  

 

Focus on the other parts of your application, make those as solid as they possibly can be, you've got a shot.

BenC
Sep 15, 13 1:53 am

Sure, I'll throw out what everyone's thinking.

Have you considered that maybe your low GPA is actually an indicator that you might not be suitable for the Ivy programs you desperately want to get into? There are many great applicants with great projects and great work experience who don't have low GPA's - have you considered that they might be better candidates than you?

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