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amnesiaamnesia Registered User Posts: 2,153 Senior Member
edited February 2007 in Engineering Majors
I have a 2.5 gpa, I worked my butt off for it at princeton and I am engineer. Would you be worried? I believe my hard work and diligence will eventually move my GPA up to a 3.0.
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  • boomer01boomer01 Registered User Posts: 891 Member
    Its ok, man..I have a 2.8 at Purdue..and I know I have a good knowledge of my classes..just keep plugging away.
  • amnesiaamnesia Registered User Posts: 2,153 Senior Member
    yea, i agree. you can know so much and still end up with a sub 3.0... it's all about perspective i guess, since it is engineering.
  • ------------ - Posts: 93 Junior Member
    STOP WORRING ABOUT YOUR GRADES. If you dont do well then you dont do well, so what.
  • amnesiaamnesia Registered User Posts: 2,153 Senior Member
    haha, im not worried. i just think it's funny even though i worked my butt off and skipped soooo many parties
  • Mr PayneMr Payne Registered User Posts: 8,850 Senior Member
    I would worry about a 2.5, even from Princeton. That is a low GPA and many companies are extremely hesitant to hire that low from just about any place, except MIT or CalTech. Considering that many top tier companies have 3.0-3.5 GPA minimums, that GPA will be an issue.
  • amnesiaamnesia Registered User Posts: 2,153 Senior Member
    i have a lot of other stuff under my belt besides a 2.5... if i graduated with a 2.5, id be pretty worried. since it's an upward climb, my ultimate goal is to graduate with a 3.3, which is pretty damn high.

    you know, i respect bush's 2.0 at yale. these ivy leagues are tough, and a lot of critics don't understand that. anyway, bush seems to have ended up in a pretty decent place.

    i would probably have a 3.5 gpa if i did a liberal arts degree... so, i find it pretty ridiculous.
  • GatorEng23GatorEng23 Registered User Posts: 1,571 Senior Member
    Since it is your first semester, you don't have much of a credit buffer. But I agree with Payne that you should try to get it up to a 3.0 before you graduate. If you look at internship guidelines and scholarship applications, the minimum to even apply is a 3.0. Granted, you are coming from Princeton, but I would not be very comfortable with a 2.5,
  • amnesiaamnesia Registered User Posts: 2,153 Senior Member
    Yep, I understand. Thanks for your thoughts. There's little I can do. Physics was very rough and dragged me down heavily.
  • ------------ - Posts: 93 Junior Member
    ypu can have a 2.1 and you may not work at a top company but you will still get a job. You may not get a high stating pay like others with higher GPA's but thats ok also. the fact is you will still get a job. a engineer is a engineer and that gpa wont matter to much if you prove yourself. Just fpor example. a brand new company is starting up, they are poor and need engineers and many of them but cant afford to many of the highly paid ones. so they go the rout of lower and less demanding engineers for less money. This company can boom or bust. if it busts then well you just dont let anybody know about it. If it booms, then that company could have been AT&T or Microsoft, now those lower end engineers made it work and thus even thogh you have a 2.0 gpa, you were a leading cuse to the success of your company as a engineer. Something like this will make your GPA unimportant and when other companies look at you and see your past experince and succes along with dedication, that low gpa wont mean much. This is the case in most subjects. Not getting a 4.0 gpa or going to a top 10 school is not the end of the world.
  • amnesiaamnesia Registered User Posts: 2,153 Senior Member
    if i had a 2.5 gpa and went to a public school or something less than an Ivy, then yea, i'd be worried. the fact i go to princeton comforts me. i worked my butt off to get in, and i intend to beat this grade deflation crap.

    your logic is fine
    , however, some of the people i've met that are extremely smart at these schools have lower gpas than would be deemed "fine" - but then again, most modern movers had sub-par gpas... and they are billionaires. that's all that matters.
  • ------------ - Posts: 93 Junior Member
    whats wrong with going to a large state University, My school turns out more engineers than priceton does. Leyts be honest, people who go to Princeton don't become engineers, they may study it but you wont be a engineer.

    btw the average Engineering gpa is a 2.9 at my school. just so you know.
  • morfinxmorfinx Registered User Posts: 370 Member
    Hehe, some of the best engineering schools, arguably better than Princeton's engineering program, are large state schools. Case in point:

    Berkeley, GT, Michigan, UIUC, UT
  • TimduncanbballTimduncanbball - Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Princeton is not even considered an extremely difficult engineering program (at least not compared to MIT, CalTech, GATech, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Cooper, etc), so yes a 2.5 will make it more difficult to get jobs/internships especially if you don't have a lot of research.

    Then again, according to your past threads, you are a hispanic engineer, which basically guaruntees you a job if you want it. (I'm being serious here)
  • tivesrxtivesrx Registered User Posts: 651 Member
    Add Berkeley to that list of difficult engineering programs. I am getting my ass kicked. Its pretty hard to get a high GPA when my classes only allow 20% of the class to get A's and everyone in the class is really smart and works their butt off. I worked damn hard to pull a C+ in my engineering programming class.
  • GatorEng23GatorEng23 Registered User Posts: 1,571 Senior Member
    Well you have to consider that it is his first semester. So he was probably taking physics and calculus. These courses are not taught by the engineering departments, but by the world renowned mathematics and physics departments of Princeton.
    I have friends that went to Princeton for engineering and all said that physics was the toughest course they took. And again, it was his first semester. He probably took 15 hours max, that's not much of a buffer. So a 2.5 is a little misleading. Once he adds in more credits, I'm sure he will be able to adjust. Just keep at it man. ;)
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