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I am an international student at a US university with a major in Physics. I am applying for PhD in astrophysics/gravitational physics fields. Until my sophomore year I was a Computer Science major with a Physics minor, but starting my junior year, I changed my major to Physics. During my sophomore year, I was suffering through home-sickness/depression and failed two of my Computer Science classes. (Later I did a computational project and won a prize at a hackathon). But I have A’s in all my Physics classes (including the upper level courses), and did a summer internship at a reputed institute in Germany. I am a senior with a 3.8 GPA in Physics and 3.5 overall GPA. I am not aiming for any top universities, but mostly to lower ranked schools with good Physics programs (that are within my GPA and GRE scores). Should I still consider applying to grad schools or change my career plans? How does this affect my application?

so i guess this has been discussed over and over before but here it goes:
im currently in my 7th semester of bachelors and my gpa is 3.0.the highest it can get is 3.1 by the end of this ielts score,recommendations,experience,… are good and my current universitys rank is about 250 (in engineering).
is it possible for me to get accepted in a university in the range 100-150 (engineering ranking)?
thanks a lot in advance!

I am going to apply to PhD programs in pure mathematics (target programs are mostly in U.S. and Canada). My GPA from state accredited universities is 3,5 for bachelor’s and 3,3 for master’s. These GPAs are not very good, but above cut-offs for almost all programs.

In my country (Russian Federation) also exists practice when strong worldwide known research centers (like Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Steklov Mathematical Institute, Independent University of Moscow, etc.) provide free additional classes for senior students. I took 13 such courses and have certifying transcript, but the total GPA for them is about 2,92 out of 4,0.

I am in doubt, is it worth to mention such experience and provide transcript? 13 extra classes in addition to official BSc and MSc degrees are seem to be a good proof of my interest and motivation (I know that in U.S. most students took less 13 math courses in their bachelor studies). On the other hand, I am afraid that a low GPA in these non mandatory activities may affect my application as well.

I’m trying to figure out the equivalence between grade schemes in different countries.

According to some Google results:

  1. If you are a U.S. citizen, you need a GPA of 3.2+ (it varies, some say 3.2 and some others say 3.6, etc) to apply for a position in the UK (job or university) where the prerequisite is to have a minimum grade of 2:1.

  2. In UK 2:1 is earned if you have a 60-69% of the points. I’ve read that 2:1 is the same as 67%.

  3. In Spain we use a grading scheme of 10 points. So according to (2), for have a UK 2:1 you need to have 6-6.9 points.

  4. If you are Spanish and have 6.7, when converting it to GPA the result is 1.5.

However, if you take the above points and treat them as a math equation, the final result will be GPA 1.5 = GPA 3.2, which doesn’t make any sense.

GPA 3.2 = UK 2:1
UK 2:1 = Spain 6.7
Spain 6.7 = GPA 1.5

Replacing now…

UK 2:1 = GPA 1.5    
GPA 3.2 = GPA 1.5

My question is if someone has a better explanation on converting grades obtained in different countries.

I am recently trying to study the difference between GPA system and percentage system. According to my calculation, in a GPA system, a student almost always appears worse than he actually is(the best case is to appear the same). A quick example is for a student receiving lower rank in GPA, it’s impossible for him to reach the top rank anymore, while it’s still clear from percentage how much he’s getting closer to 100%.

Based on this, I think that GPA system in fact tends to have people underestimate students, especially when compared to others graded in percentage system.

Is there any research done, or any profound discussion regarding this grading controversy in this topic so that I can take a look at what other people think?

I’m homeschooled, and I’m currently working on my high school transcript to apply to colleges. The form provided asks for a grade from A+ to F for each class. I don’t know what to put as my grade for Driver’s Education, a half-credit elective class with no definitive grade. On an old transcript, it simply says “PASS.”

How would I convert this to GPA? 4.0? Something lower? Should I ask each college I apply to and send them different transcripts? I’m using the form instead of simply creating my own because one college requires that I use the form, whereas the rest don’t appear to care.

I’m still undergraduate, have 2 years to graduate but i don’t like my major so much and my college. i go twice a week. i don’t attend lectures too much because professors and the contents are so weak and doesn’t based on understanding just on final exams and i don’t like it. i started to learn from Youtube and other websites but the GPA is not good is about 2.3 so my wish and hope is to do master abroad as Europe (Sweden or other country) to live there and work better than middle east.
So it can be or not ?! is it possible ?!
i don’t search for scholarship.. i can pay for studying but not much from working there but at least understand what i really study not just rules and put them in a paper to get full mark..

I think I’m off to a poor start to my undergraduate career.

Some context: my major is Materials Science and Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. I’m on the BS/MS track for 2020.
My GPA for my first year is a 3.2, which I think is quite bad in regards to my prospects of getting into a good PhD programme. My research advisor even told me that I need a 3.5 to have any hope at all of getting into a top tier PhD programme for my area of discipline.

In regards to clubs and activities, I’m involved in three places. I do research in the bioengineering department, where I focus on fabricating biosensors to read genetic errors. I am a candidate for three project teams’ leadership positions in AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) and NETS (Nano Engineering and Technology Society), for the solar energy, piezo energy, and wave energy teams. And lastly, I am a central member of the UCSD Wushu Team, which I do entirely for physical and mental health (it’s done wonders for both anxiety and depression).

I will take my first upper division classes this September, where I’ve that they are both harder and easier than lower divs to get good grades (B+ and up). I’ve gotten to know most of my professors via AIChE and NETS. I tend to stay in touch with every professor I talk to, either personally, or via email/LinkedIn.

Have I put myself in a bad situation? Am I overreacting? Where do I go from here? I need all the advice I can get.