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How do I compensate for a low GPA as a computer science student?
How do I compensate for a low GPA as a computer science student?2021-09-15 13:15:02【Mr_柴】
Do extraordinary things!
I was in a similar boat as you as an undergrad but took it upon myself to enrol in several grad seminars as an undergrad which ultimately resulted in me getting a paper published at a top tier CS conference.
You can also pursue a career path that sets you apart from your peers. Instead of working at the large companies, take a bet on a promising startup. It may end up being a success and in event there will be a lot of interesting lessons and stories to share with your peers.
If you can prove that you have a level of academic and professional maturity that cannot be measured by considering arbitrary courses everyone else must take that should be enough to convince many employers or grad school of your capability.
How do I obtain a CPA with a low GPA?
The problem with your low GPA won’t be the education requirements, it’ll be the experience portion of it. I was right there with you. However, if you can get past the initial hire, you’ll be on your way towards getting your GPA.
The General Education Requirements are the the following:
- A bachelor’s degree (in some field, doesn’t necessairly have to be accounting, but accounting will help)
- 150 semester credits total (225 Quarter Credits) (Generally this involves a 5th year of classes)
- 24 semester credits in Accounting (36 Quarter credits)
- 24 semester credits in related Business (36 Quarter credits)
If you meet those education requiements, you qualify to be a CPA. These requirements vary from state to state as to what is required in each of these categories, so check with your State Board of Accountancy to determine what they require.
Now, you have to pass the Uniform CPA exam. This is a series of 4 exams, and you must get a 75 score on each exam in a 18-month window (which means from the time you pass your first exam, you must past the others within 18 months, or that first exam expires).
The final requirement is the experience. Generally, this is a requirement of 1 year under another CPA, or doing CPA work signed off on by another CPA. Again, what constitutes experience varies from state to state, so you’ll want to check with your state board of accountancy to determine what constitutes experience. With your low GPA, this will be the hardest thing for your to get (presuming that you pass your CPA exam, of course). This is because a lot of CPA firms will take a look at your GPA as part of your qualifications for hiring you. So, if you have a low GPA, you’ll most likely have trouble getting hired somewhere for that initial job to get you the year of experience.
I’ll give you my experience. I went to college about 15 years ago, and fooled around with it. I didn’t get good grade, and changed my major a few times, never graduating my first stint. I had enough credits and my GPA was low enough to kind of lock me in on my GPA. My GPA at the point I dropped out was about a 2.65 GPA.
So, about 5 years after this, I went back to school. I changed my major to Accounting, and started taking the prereqs at the Community College. I spent the next 4 years going half-time to college (8 credits a quarter). This second stint, I maintained around a 3.5 GPA. With how many credits that I had coming into it, I only got my GPA up to 2.87 GPA when I graduated. So, my GPA was low.
I was initially hired into a position that I wasn’t well suited for. It was calculating commissions for a bank, and probably wouldn’t have counted (my state was strict on what constituted experience). However, I spent the next year studying for and passing the CPA exam. That position didn’t work out. Then I was hired into the call center for the IRS, being a contact Representative. However, this likely wouldn’t have counted either (I didn’t even try). However, this did get my foot in the door with the Federal Government, and I parlayed this job into an Auditing job (after moving across the country). This experience did count in my new state. So, one year after becoming an Auditor, I applied for and received my CPA.
I’d suggest looking towards the same.
Is a 3.18 GPA (calculated on WES) low for a student of the Pune University aspiring for an MS in Computer Science?
Your GRE score is well enough !!
And don't you get disappointed by your academics.
Those are very fine grades.
There are too many good universities that you can apply,by looking at your grades.
Don't lose hope !!
All the best !
Good luck !!
How can I compensate for my low CGPA if I want to do MS in computer science from a good university in the US?
How can I increase my chances of getting an admit for a master’s course (in C.S.E) in the USA? by Satyam Goel Satyam Goel's answer to How can I increase my chances of getting an admit for a master’s course (in C.S.E) in the USA?
I hope this helps!
How can I compensate for a 1.7 GPA and a low SAT score?
Attend a local, good, community college and for the first year focus on the Basics that can support any future career.
After that year you may decide on a career that requires a college bachelors degree and then you will take two more years at the community college, get the basics for that major completed well, and then enter your state’s Public university as a junior.
Or, with the basics mastered, you may elect a career that requires an Apprenticeship more than a college education. At that point you will find an apprenticeship and work hard towards your future career.
All the best.
Will a high GPA compensate for a low ACT score?
The problem with GPA is it is highly variable from school to school. That is why the standardized tests were invented. You will be competing with students who have both a good GPA and good test scores. Therefore you really won’t be eligible for merit based scholarships.
Wesleyan is not need-blind for US applicants (meaning asking for aid decreases your chances of admission) but claims to give full demonstrated financial aid to those admitted. Of course they will use the FAFSA and your parents’ income/assets to determine what aid you will receive if admitted. Average ACT 33.
Haverford claims to be need-blind for US applicants and meets full demonstrated need as described above. Average ACT is 32.
NYU is need-blind for application but DOES NOT promise to meet full demonstrated need. Average ACT 30
GWU is need-sensitive (need aware) for US applicants and DOES NOT promise to meet full demonstrated need. Average ACT 29
So in applying to these schools you will be at the lower end of applicants and asking for almost a free ride.
So you might be admitted to these schools but only Wesleyan and Haverford promise to meet full demonstrated need. An admission to NYU with $10,000 of financial aid would leave you needing to pay $60,000 a year.
Consider your state schools as well.
I have low GPA and GRE scores. How should I apply for graduate colleges for studying Computer Science in USA?
Even if you have a low GPA and a low GRE score you can get into fairly good CS programs in the US. The reason being that the decisions made by admission committees are often very unpredictable. You should immediately stop fretting about what has been done and start working on the things that are still in your control, your statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
Statement of Purpose
An awesome statement of purpose is your ticket to a good CS program irrespective of your GRE score (only apply to schools where you make it through the cutoff), or your GPA (you should be able to justify your GPA if it's extremely low, say if you failed a few courses). Make note of the following points when you write one -
- Be grammatically correct, and coherent in your writing.
- Be skill full in expressing your passion in your area of interest and also demonstrate it with relevant projects/courses/work experience.
- Demonstrate other important skills like teamwork, diligence, determination etc. with relevant examples from your life that shaped you into who you are.
- Get your resume reviewed by students currently studying in the school you are going to apply to. Get it reviewed by as many people you can, believe me you will need a lot of editing before you get to that final winning draft.
- Be humble, listen to people's opinions but use them only if you feel in your gut that they are right.
Letters of Recommendation
Here the most important thing is to get an LOR only from someone who you have worked with closely. Also, it does not harm if your professor, or colleague studied/worked in your dream university, or knows people there. :P
- Always write your own statements, don't even think about plagiarism. People on the admission committees read a lot of statements, and they will know if you have copied.
- Don't be pompous, but also don't be overtly self deprecating in your writings.
- Shortlist schools wisely. Talk to people who are currently studying or have studied in your choice of schools in the US, and get their opinions on whether you should apply or not.
- Try to make a portfolio website, and mention the url in your SOP. (Also, share your github profile, if you have relevant code on it)
- Lastly, be patient, and talk to as many people as you can. Do not be afraid to approach strangers, most people will be more than willing to help you out.
Happy writing and all the best. :)
I have a bachelor’s degree in architecture, but I had a low GPA. What are things I can do to compensate for the low GPA?
Get a job in architecture, any job in architecture (I know this is hard right now). Do good work; stay there for at least a year or two before seeking a better job (or maybe you’ll get promoted on that first job). Maybe take a few architecture courses at night at your local college while you are working, to improve your knowledge. After your first job, no one will ever care about your GPA.
If you can’t get any job in architecture right now, maybe take any job at all you can get, and also take one or two architecture courses at the local college (maybe at night?) and get good grades in them. These will figure in with your previous GPA and you can point to them when you seek that first architecture job. Many low GPA’s are due to lack of maturity of the student; surely you have outgrown this now; some time on any post-university job, as well as a couple of good grades in additional courses will prove it.
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