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average gpa for a good engineering school?

whereamiwhereami Posts: 12Registered User New Member
edited March 2010 in Graduate School
I'm currently a freshmen at UCSD and I realize that this may be a bit early to ask, but still I'm very curious about this mainly because I did not do too well my 2nd (winter) quarter mainly because of physics. While I can legitimately say that my physics prof did suck, I can't blame him completely because I did not have much of a background in physics in high school since my HS teacher also sucked and did not even teach. Therefore, I still feel uncomfortable when dealing when physics, although I did get most of the concepts down. I ended up with a B- in the class which completely shattered my GPA at the moment (3.242 for winter quarter...) and so I'm kinda freaking out. I wanna get into a good grad school for structural engineering, my major, so that i can get an MS but i fear that my inability to do physics, at least as well as other engineers, might hinder my chances of getting into a good grad school. I still have 2 physics courses to go but those are even harder than the one i did bad in (mechanical physics like torque, work, force, etc.) so I doubt that I will do better, although i really hope i do. If I do better in my structural engineering courses, will that cover up my terrible physics grade(s) since its my major courses? Or is this belief wrong? Someone please help Im stressing out about this so much because physics is required for engineering and if i suck at physics, then it feels like i should not do engineering, even though i really like it.

Note: I have yet to get any research exp or interns atm because Im mainly focusing on academics, but I do plan to get interns and what not in the near future. My main concern fort now is my GPA. Also, does anyone know the avg GPA and expectations for getting into Cooper Union's engineer school for grad Masters program? (Cooper Union is kinda my dream school)

Thanks.
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Replies to: average gpa for a good engineering school?

  • asian75asian75 Posts: 448Registered User Member
    don't sweat it. It should be fine, but make sure engineering is right for you.

    Cooper Union shouldn't be hard to get in. Above 3.0 should be fine
  • bigtreesbigtrees Posts: 1,191User Awaiting Email Confirmation Senior Member
    Worry about grad school your senior year of college...right now focus on passing your classes.

    Unless you go to grad school, your GPA is relatively unimportant in college. Employers can't put very much weight in them because different schools curve differently and it is impossible to compare somebody at univeristy x to y. Plus, after you get your first job, they don't care about college much at all.
  • mitsumitsu Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
    Since you're a freshmen you have at least 2 more years to do well in classes to make up for that little B-, so don't worry too much about it.

    In my experience, engineering courses are different from physics courses. Just because you didn't do as well as you wanted in physics doesn't mean that you'll fail at the engineering courses! Just make sure to work hard at them =)
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