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Title: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: colforbin on February 01, 2005, 10:12:43 PM
I'm interested in how seriously an addendum for a low GPA is actually considered.  Any stories are welcome.
Title: Re: GPA Addendums That Worked?
Post by: Rudy Huckleberry on February 01, 2005, 10:15:59 PM
plural of addendum is addenda, fyi. I wrote a gpa addendum (one bad term) for my schools. don't have enough data to give you a definitive response on how it was received, but you can check out the LSN profile below.
Title: Re: GPA Addendums That Worked?
Post by: filialuna on February 01, 2005, 10:32:22 PM
plural of addendum is addenda, fyi. I wrote a gpa addendum (one bad term) for my schools. don't have enough data to give you a definitive response on how it was received, but you can check out the LSN profile below.


But you have a GOOD gpa!!  At least I'm impressed :)
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: bruin on February 01, 2005, 11:02:42 PM
I wrote a GPA addendum as well, sent it to some, but not all schools (JC transfer, lower GPA at my JC+1st term @ my univ.). Don't know how they have been treated, but I haven't been dinged yet. :)
Title: Re: GPA Addendums That Worked?
Post by: Rudy Huckleberry on February 02, 2005, 03:38:11 AM
Lets not kid ourselves here -- you got into Harvard -- it must've worked!

I'm actually thinking that maybe I was accepted in spite of the addendum, not because of it.  Guess I'll never know!  :)

But you have a GOOD gpa!! At least I'm impressed :)

Thank you.  :)
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: underwhelm on February 02, 2005, 06:20:24 AM
I wrote one based not on a temporary GPA glitch but on SES. It's a long story.

I can't really tell if it has been effective, though, because I've been accepted at just Iowa. They weight their admissions toward residents of the state, so I probably got an index bump from that. The big question is how it fares at Northwestern. We'll see in about six weeks.

Mostly I wanted to combat a "smart slacker" tag.
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: TheZooker on February 02, 2005, 07:04:50 AM
Hey Underwhelm:

I'm very curious about the addendum you wrote.  I'm still wrestling with the slant I want to take on that front.  Most of my PS concerns my trailer park background, and I don't want to come across as whiny by addressing that again in an addendum.  I also really want to avoid just blaming it on a harder curriculum.

Would you mind discussing (or PM'ing) me a rough outline of your take on that situation?  If its personal and you don't want to divulge, I totally understand.  Thanks!
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: maricutie on February 02, 2005, 07:18:33 AM
I wrote one based not on a temporary GPA glitch but on SES. It's a long story.

Mine was like that too, a SES-GPA combo, meant to explain away a 2.9 my freshman fall semester. I don't know if it "worked" or not, but I thought it was pretty good.
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: maricutie on February 02, 2005, 08:40:13 AM
stupid question I'm sure, but what does SES stand for?

I forget the exact meaning of the acronym, but meant to stand for socially and economically disadvantaged. Basically, that you're poor and/or haven't exactly had a life of priviledge.
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: TheZooker on February 02, 2005, 08:44:59 AM
Yeah, that's right.

Socio-economic status.  Commonly refers to both income and education level of one's parents and family.
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: ori on February 02, 2005, 08:45:12 AM
stupid question I'm sure, but what does SES stand for?

Socio-Economic Status
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: vickymaz on February 02, 2005, 10:50:53 AM
I'm still wondering how mine will go over...I was very sick for two years during undergrad and basically ruined my GPA because I stayed in school full-time instead of taking medical leave (for many reasons). Once I was better, I got almost straight A's my senior year, so there's a huge B/C's --> A's disparity in my transcript. We'll see if any of my top picks give me some pity. It would be nice.
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: colforbin on February 02, 2005, 11:07:33 AM
My poor GPA addendum explained that I'm the first one in my family to graduate and I worked average of 30 hours per week.  With 5 years of WE, I'm hoping they'll decide in my favor.  I didn't focus entirely on the negative and explained how I have matured, giving specific examples.  I kept the majority of this out of my PS, except for mentioning that I was the first one in my family to graduate.

Course, I don't know if any of this will have a bearing on my application or not. I'll keep those interested posted.
Here's hoping they see my value. :D
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: kristay on February 02, 2005, 11:12:30 AM
I had an addendum explaining that I took college courses since i was 15, took up to 27 units a quarter, and worked full time my first year of college.  Time will tell if it works anywhere (it didn't at GWU)
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: colforbin on February 02, 2005, 11:16:58 AM
I would lose some faith if it doesn't help. I have been told my LSAT is competitive. I have pretty darn good WE. So, I just need the addendum to mitigate for my low GPA. This is going to kill me for the next couple of months.
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: Balve on February 02, 2005, 11:21:56 AM
Any addenda that could work for a 2.2 GPA and practice LSAT scores so far of 165 and above?   :-[

I was a perenial slacker with no real reason for my low GPA.  >:(
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: eileen2004 on February 02, 2005, 11:53:43 AM
Any addenda that could work for a 2.2 GPA and practice LSAT scores so far of 165 and above?   :-[

I was a perenial slacker with no real reason for my low GPA.  >:(

If you graduated with that 2.2 recently, then I don't think any LSAT score is going to get you into a decent school.  If it was 10 years ago and you can demonstrate that you've gotten the slacker thing out of your system, than you'll be in better shape, but it's still going to be pretty difficult.   
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: Balve on February 02, 2005, 12:02:22 PM
It was actually my first 2 years of college which was 7 years ago. I just got back into school and will graduate this December. So the 2.2 should go up steadily each quarter. I don't plan on getting anything less than a 4.0 this year. So after all this I should be at a 2.8 or so hopefully. Sorry for the misinformation.  ;)
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: Ver on February 02, 2005, 04:58:52 PM
Did you provide an addendum even if the school did not specifically ask for an explaination?

There are a lot of specifics that affected my GPA that I could not fully describe in my PS. I have submitted my applications, but am wondering if I should send it in to be attacked.
Title: Re: GPA Addenda That Worked?
Post by: colforbin on February 02, 2005, 05:28:05 PM
I submitted my GPA Addendum whether they asked for it or not.  I stayed positive in my PS, focusing on WE and my inspiration for the line of work I'm in/how law school would help.  My addendum highlighted my first generation status/tremendous work responsibility during school. I felt it needed to be explained.