What kind of graduate school will accept you if your undergraduate GPA is in the 2.8-3.0 range? What if you have a 3.5 or higher in your major but your overal GPA is lower? Graduate programs almost never publish information on average incoming GPAs or applicants’ GPAs, and even if you request this information they are unlikely to provide it. So it’s difficult to estimate what kinds of programs are likely to admit you. But GradTrek can help you because our search engine displays results based on their fit with your academic credentials including GPA and standardized test scores. The screenshot below shows where to enter GPA scores in GradTrek’s free grad school search engine:
You can start your grad school search by GPA with GradTrek by entering the subjects that interest you and then letting our software use its matching algorithms, which use your GPA and test scores to match you to the right set of graduate degree programs, do their thing. And because we do not accept money from universities (or anyone else) to change our data or our algorithms, you can trust our results. A counter at the top of the screen shows you in real time how your degree count is changing as you work your way through our software, so the way we deliver results is absolutely transparent. Then we provide you with information and links to sites we trust for objective analysis of degrees and career paths.
A few hints and tips can help you search GradTrek faster and better:
1. Start on a desktop or laptop
GradTrek works well on a tablet and even a smartphone. But we recommend starting on a desktop or laptop computer. GradTrek is a powerful piece of software with lots of content aggregation, and everything goes more smoothly when you have more screen space.
2. Focus on the Subjects page
This is the most important page in the survey by far. We recommend coming back to this page several times to adjust your subject searches. Our database includes over 400 subjects, and many degrees fall into multiple subject categories.
3. Don’t choose a Specific Degree unless absolutely necessary
There are almost a thousand different degree types in our data set. Unless you are absolutely positively 100% sure what specific degree you want, you’re better off choosing either doctoral-level, masters-level, or certificate-level degrees and then choosing subjects. This way you’re likely to find types of degrees that you may not have known about that may be a good fit for you.
4. Save programs with the “+” button and take notes
When searching for graduate programs there’s no longer any need to fill folders with information about various programs’ deadlines and admissions requirements, or even to construct spreadsheets summarizing the status of your applications. You can do most if not all of this work with the My Programs page and the Notes feature (use the notepad icon). Once you’ve gotten started, you can easily view, add, or delete programs using your phone or other mobile device.
Finally, when you reach GradTrek’s results pages, whatever you do–don’t stop! You can click on the program to navigate to the degree program page, or on the “+” button to save the program to your profile. From there you can write notes for each program, and your notes will be automatically saved.
Having trouble with the location feature? Here’s how to search by city, zip code, or state.
One of the best time-saving features in GradTrek is the ability to search for graduate degrees by distance from a city, state, or zip code. Just be sure to click on the red plus button, as illustrated in the screenshots below.
Now your results will only include programs within the chosen distance from your city.