Academic part of your US Grad School application includes Under-Gradate Transcripts, GPA (Percentage) and GRE Scores.
You will learn how Academic factors are used during profile evaluation by Graduate School admission committee.
Grad Student Profile
Every student profile will fit into one of the following category
- Low GPA, Low Scores
- High GPA, Low Scores
- High GPA and High Scores
There are many comments from prospective students that sounds similar to
- I have low GRE, but very good percentage. Can I get admission?
- I have 1300 in GRE, but academics is 55%. Can I get admission wtih Aid?
Low and Highs will not balance each other in every situation. Where there is an imbalance, your strengths and weaknesses in each area will be considered. Depending on how they add up will determine if you will be given admission.
Low GPA and High GRE
Low GPA and High GRE Score will have less impact, if the GPA (percentage) throughout your Bachelors was taking a dip.
If your Academic percentage looks 80, 76, 75 and 70 for 1st to 4th year respectively and if GRE Score is less than or equal to minimum required scores for admission then chances of getting admission in less likely.
If the GPA from 1 year to 4th year is on upward trend and above minimum required GRE Scores, you’re in much better shape.
When selecting universities you have to perform similar analysis for every school. If you have an organized approach towards university selection, where you track all the information in single spreadsheet, it will make things lot easier.
What other analysis is possible with your profile? When you selected the school, did you do a similar analysis? If not how did you select universities?
Note – Don’t try to convert Percentage and CGPA to GPA. When filling out application, just say 75% or 7.9/10 CGPA.