« on: May 29, 2005, 06:30:45 PM »
i had this question back in fall when i was getting ready to apply, and no one really replied...i don't think there are many banana slugs perusing this site! i was sort of in your situation. not sure when you graduated, but when i was a ucsc student, you could take at least 2/3 or your classes for letter grades and still get a gpa, so that is what i did. i also received evals for all of my classes. i still felt like i was at a disadvantage because i had 1/3 less classes factored into my gpa than other folks, which meant less classes that could have boosted my gpa. anyhow, this cycle turned out just fine for me. if there is one thing i wish i had done differently, it would definitely have been to apply earlier. i think that since you are in a somewhat special situation, it will help you immensely to apply early. i have no idea if schools read your evals. i did call a few schools, and they recommended writing an addendum explaining my school's grading policies, but said it shouldn't hurt me. i would call the schools you are applying to and see what each one prefers. however, to answer your ultimate question, no...i don't think you are at a huge disadvantage. it's almost like you get the privilege of having extra letters of recommendation that other students won't have. your file will be unique in that respect. plus, ucsc is a respected instituion, and its graduates have pursued law school, medical school, and other graduate programs. i'm sure you'll be fine.