« on: March 16, 2005, 12:14:49 PM »
For GPAs below a 3.0, I would not go straight from UG. Unless you have shown a definite upward trend, you might be selling yourself short for the schools that will accept you, but more importantly, being convinced that this time around you will buckle down my just be a dream.
I had a low undergrad GPA, but went to the working world. I had high test scores, and knew I would do well on the LSATs, but this indicated that the thing bringing my UG grades down was my discipline and work ethic. I don't think those things magically change overnight. A few years in the work world gave me time to grow the hell up and let school sound alluring again - and judging by the way I hit the books for the LSATs, I am not the same kid that slept through 8:30 chem. Not only that, but time made my GPA seem less relevant, and my LSATs seem more indicative of my abilities.
That being said, I still am left wildly guessing about why i got in where I did.
For caffeine and nicotine - if you have a chance at any T-14, I would think it would be NW. They seem to be the ones that prize people w/ work experience, or more accurately disdain people coming straight from UG. I heard they were bragging last year about not accepting a single applicant straight from college without an interview. If you've been in the working world, your interview skills are probably a lot sharper than a 21 year old student's, as well.