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Grad School Recommendations/Advice
Hi everyone, I'm about graduate from USC at the end of the summer term, but the thing is, my GPA is quite average. I started in January 2016 (spring admit) and my GPA is currently ~3.2. I failed a class my second semester and have a few C's. I did attend several community colleges where my GPA's ranged from 3.8 to 4.0, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to factor that into my GPA. Regardless, for my most recent 60 units, my GPA is around 3.2 as I mentioned.
I would love to apply for grad school at USC, but I fell like my GPA is too low for the PhD program in linguistics (they take about 6-7 students per year from what I've heard). So my plan was to apply to Cal State Long Beach and complete a masters degree in linguistics there and hopefully return to USC if I do pretty decent. What are my chances of being accepted? I'm going to graduate with a degree in computational linguistics, so I have the linguistics background - just fairly average grades in most of the classes. I did do some research (presented at the school's research symposium) and took a graduate level course in machine learning (which I thankfully aced), but I'm very concerned about my GPA since the admission requirements recommend a GPA of at least 3.0 in the most recent 60 units and I'm barely above that.
Any advice is very much appreciated. Any other school recommendations are also welcome. Or do you think I should try and work first?