I will be applying to several MURP programs in the fall, and I am very concerned that my GPA will hinder my chances of being accepted into the schools of my choice. I still have one year remaining before I receive my Bachelor's, but at this point my GPA is only 2.6. I did the math, and if I get straight A's next year, I will be able to just reach a 3.0. Getting the A's is not the problem; I know I can do that. My real dilemma is that I want to apply in the fall/winter for Fall 2007 admission, and my GPA will not be a 3.0 when each university receives my application. I battled clinical depression for the first two years of school (garnering a 2.3 GPA). The past year has been really great for me, receiving almost all A's, but I am worried that schools will automatically reject me because I don't have 3.0.
I feel stuck. I know that my GPA is in no way commensurate to my intelligence or abilities, but I feel like these schools are going to discount me completely based on GPA. I have excellent work experience (although not related to Urban Planning & Development), and I have great references from professors and previous employers. I know that they say professional experience and GRE's can compensate for a lower GPA, but again, I'm concerned that I will be disqualified right away.
So if you are still reading at this point--thank you--I don't know if anyone can even really help ease my mind about this, but I thought I'd give it a shot. I am most interested in urban redevelopment and revitalization, and I am applying to the following schools:
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota- Minneapolis
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Cleveland State University
Any help would be greatly appreciated