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How will bad grades my freshman year affect admission into grad school?

Many applicants are skittish about their freshman year grades, but graduate programs generally focus on grades in courses related to their subject and the skills needed to excel. The truth is that admissions committee members will differ on the weight they place on freshman or sophomore year grades, but most admissions committees are trying to predict whether you will succeed in your coursework for their program. If you did poorly in math or physics courses but are applying for an English degree, you should be fine. GPA in major counts more than overall GPA.

GPA in major, overall GPA, and admissions standards was last modified: October 13th, 2017 by Gabe