Which GPA shall be entered to the application form

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gaugeinvariance
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Which GPA shall be entered to the application form

Post by gaugeinvariance » Wed Nov 10, 2021 4:10 pm

Hi all. When applying to graduate schools, they always require us to enter our GPA. While some schools specifically asked for Major and C- GPA independently, most schools will just ask for "GPA" without saying which one they want. Given that my transcript has explicitly calculated and listed my Major GPA, and I think my Major GPA is much more impressive than my C-GPA, should I enter the Major GPA instead?

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geekusprimus
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Re: Which GPA shall be entered to the application form

Post by geekusprimus » Wed Nov 10, 2021 6:54 pm

If it asks for GPA without qualification, it almost always is asking for your cumulative GPA.

gaugeinvariance
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Re: Which GPA shall be entered to the application form

Post by gaugeinvariance » Wed Nov 10, 2021 7:50 pm

geekusprimus wrote:
Wed Nov 10, 2021 6:54 pm
If it asks for GPA without qualification, it almost always is asking for your cumulative GPA.
Hi. Thank you for the answer. How about it I pretend that I do not know, and entered the Major GPA instead?

geekusprimus
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Re: Which GPA shall be entered to the application form

Post by geekusprimus » Thu Nov 11, 2021 1:35 am

The university will require a copy of your transcripts as well and have access to both your cumulative and major GPAs. There's nothing about your academic history that you enter in the application that doesn't also show up on your transcript. The manual entry, I think, is a courtesy to make the data easier to parse into a single document for the admissions committee (as well as help them start the review process in case official transcripts aren't available yet), but it will definitely raise some red flags if they review your transcript and see major inconsistencies with what you've reported.

In other words, don't do it. Nothing, and I mean nothing, in the admissions process is so important that lying about it will help you enough to offset the potential harm if the admissions committee finds out.



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