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How is a Comp Sci degree looked upon when applying?

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Is a Comp sci degree looked upon as 'difficult', 'easy' or somewhere in between when applying to law? I am doing a Comp sci specialist in software engineering at UofT, but my grades (at the current trend) probably will only be in the 3.6-3.7's range. If My LSAT is 165, do I have any hopes of getting in with my relatively low GPA?

 

 

 

Also is my performance relative to others in my program taken in to account? All my grades in my transcript have a 'class average' next to them, and majority of them are C's, with a few D's and the rare B- in two out of 16 of my courses.

 

 

Edited by: ML5 at: 11/11/04 9:54 pm

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A comp sci degree will be looked at in a positive light, and the adcom definitely does look at your marks relative to the average in the course. With a solid LSAT, your GPA will not be a problem for admission.

 

 

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I think the comp sci degree should definetely play in your favor, as should the fact that you have grades are in percentages on your transcripts (those with A and B's get hit pretty hard on the transition to percentages when compared directly against those whose marks are already in percentages). The fact that your degree is from U of T should also play in your favour.

 

 

 

Looks like you should have a really good shot.

 

 

 

 

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I am in much the same situation.

 

 

 

When I chatted with Effie at U of T admissions a few months ago she reassured me about a couple of burning questions:

 

 

 

1. Computer science is indeed considered a challenging program, and they do care.

 

 

 

2. They do not consider the school itself to be a factor. I asked this due to my typical York inferiority complex.

 

 

 

I was not told that class averages are taken into account, but I didn't ask. (I would be very happy if they did, for the situation in my classes is like yours.)

 

 

 

By the way, I've found the letter grade -> percentage conversion to be quite fair, if a bit imprecise. An A is 88%, B+ is 77.5%. York gives no A-, so there's more than 10 points between adjacent grades. U of T's entrance median falls right in the middle of that and so do I.

 

 

 

Would someone maybe enlighten as to what an 84% average normally represents in a U of T program? I wonder if this conversion scheme might even be a help...

 

 

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I was under the impression that the GPA to percentage conversion dings those with non-percentage transcripts by using the botton of the range on every conversion (I think someone from UBC told me this...).

 

 

 

ie) A+= 90%, A = 85%, A- = 80%, B+ = 77%, B = 73%, B- = 70%, etc.

 

 

 

It's kinda harsh to see all those 88%'s become 85%'s, and all those 84%'s becomes 80%'s, as my profs grade us in percentages, but only the letter grades show up on the transcripts from my school.

 

 

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