Messed up junior year? Grad school help


<p>I'm currently a junior at UT Austin in the College of Communication. I have a 3.1 gpa overall.</p>

<p>Basically, I transferred in as a sophomore and managed to do quite well semester, but completely ruined my second semester which dropped my gpa down to a 3.0. I ended doing poorly this semester as well but I did manage to bring my gpa up to a 3.1 because of getting an A- in a 6 hour language class. I did not realize the importance of junior year until now. </p>

<p>It is extremely important to go to Graduate School for my major and after reading graduate school admission policies online, the minimum gpa required is a 3.0 but most people apply with the 3.5-3.7 range with high GRE scores, great rec letters... I know I have next year (15 credit hours) and summer school (12 credit hours, might petition for 15) and haven't taken the GRE yet. I do also have senior year first semester but I'm not sure if the grades will be seen by the admisisons people because some apps are due in december. I was thinking of applying to schools with apps due in feburary/march because I can send in applications after winter break not only so I can show them my most recent grades by then, but also because I applied into my major late and haven't taken alot of classes related to my major, especially Upper division classes. Basically if I get a 4.0 during next semster + 12 hours in the summer I can pull my GPA up to a 3.43</p>

<p>As for extracurriculars, I have done 60 hours of service this year and am in two clubs. Just in case you were wondering. I honestly though the reputation of UT would look good on my transcripts, but it scares me that is doesnt mean much. </p>

<p>Basically what I'm asking is, do I still have a chance to get into graduate school? I'm not applying to any Ivy leagues, but I do want to stay in the state of Texas. It really scares me that I wont get into grad school because without a Masters I wont be able to get a job.</p>