Making up for a poor GPA

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Making up for a poor GPA

Postby steroids15 » Sat May 12, 2018 6:03 pm

I'm graduating this year from an Ivy league university with a mediocre GPA (~3.1) and a major in physics. I've taken almost enough math classes to get a minor, but I got even worse grades in those classes (mostly Cs). I know I don't have any chance of getting into math grad school right now, but I'm hoping to go back to school in a few years with a new mindset and having studied everything I've missed out on.

I wanted to know the best things to do in my free time. I'll be working a full time job in LA, but are there places to take night classes or online classes? If I spend my time studying and learning on my own through MIT OCW or whatever, is there a way to put that work on paper? If I can ace the Math GRE, is that enough to show my improvement? I'm an international so I'm very worried about admissions.

Put simply, does anyone else have advice on being a non-traditional student in my situation.

Thank you so much!


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Re: Making up for a poor GPA

Postby MMDE » Sun May 13, 2018 2:33 am

This is purely my opinion, but I think taking a few masters courses and doing well in them will show that you can handle high level material (this is assuming you have a strong enough background to take such courses, as you said you have only a minor in mathematics). Also doing impressively well on the mGRE may, to some extent, patch up a few of those bad grades. It also highly depends at what level of an institution you intend on applying to.

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