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How low can GPA drop after UC admittance in Spring?

cindylu2cindylu2 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
edited September 2012 in UC Transfers
I currently have a 4.0 GPA and want to keep it as high as I can by the time I apply to transfer. Is it better to put off more difficult classes in the spring, rather than taking them now, and lowering my GPA?
Would UCs, in particular UCLA revoke admission if I get several Bs in the spring? If my semester GPA would be around 3.3, but cumulative would be approximately 3.8?
By the way, I will only have 1 major prereq (for psychology) needed to complete in the spring.

Thanks guys
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Replies to: How low can GPA drop after UC admittance in Spring?

  • ThugFishThugFish Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    I'm pretty sure as long as you can keep all classes at B-'s or higher, it would be fine. If you plan on getting a C or lower in a difficult class, then there might be some problem.
  • mermakermermaker Registered User Posts: 949 Member
    This is a good question.
  • jdom24jdom24 Registered User Posts: 622 Member
    When you are admitted to any UC you will be provided with a provisional contract that lists all the conditions you must meet or keep. These contracts can be highly generalized or completely customized based on your application and admissions officer. When I was admitted to SD and Berkeley they were both pretty generic, SD wanted a 2.0+ GPA for spring and 3.0+ overall, Berkeley just wanted me to complete all my spring courses with a B. You might get a generic provisional contract that just says keep X GPA, but you might also get a fairly custom contract that lists all your specific courses and what grade they want you get to in those courses. You won't really know until you're admitted. I've heard of contracts requiring students to maintain a 4.0, but those are pretty far and few between. Again, no one can really tell you how many B's you can get in spring (with 100% certainty) before you're admitted and have your provisional contract.

    https://www.admissions.ucla.edu/NewBruins/Provisional_Transfer.htm

    Here's an example where some people have no GPA requirement and someone else needs to keep a 3.75:

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/uc-transfers/499908-ucla-transfer-provisional-admission-contract.html
  • CCkid1234CCkid1234 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    jdom summed it up.

    when you're admitted, you will have a provisional contract stating the required GPA you will need. obviously as a bar expect a minimum of 2.0 but more likely then not it will be higher then that.
  • cindylu2cindylu2 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Thanks guys. Can any one else post what your provisional contract stated and what your GPA?
  • fredfrepfredfrep Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    You should focus on getting accepted first ;)

    But the contract might be different for each people (different majors have different contracts) but usually its around above 2.7 or above a 3.0 (safe point)
  • cindylu2cindylu2 Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Above 3.0 GPA overall, or just for Spring 2012? I just wanted to decide whether I should take a more difficult class next semester, in order to keep my GPA as high as I possibly can.
  • Shannon13Shannon13 Registered User Posts: 553 Member
    You should definitely put off taking difficult classes unless it is your math requirement, or a beginning of a sequence. As long as you get a C or above in spring you will be fine. You will not get your admission revoked if you get a bunch of Bs.

    Obviously it would be best to keep the 4.0 if you want to go to grad school or something. So if you have enough units, I would advise dropping the amoun of units you take in the spring to just what is required-like, if you will have 54 units at the end of fall semester, just take 6 units in the spring so you can focus on your class. Dont take any unnecessary units. If you need all 12 or 15 or whatever units then definitely sign up for as many easy As as possible- online classes, pe classes, any class that looks easy to you.
  • fredfrepfredfrep Registered User Posts: 129 Junior Member
    The gpa that states in your contract pertains to the last semester of attendance (spring) and there's going to be another gpa requirement (ex. Maintain 2.7 gpa for all of your uc transferable courses at the end of spring)
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