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I am an undergraduate student in my second year I didn't do so well last semester and my gpa dropped to a 2.1, can you give me some advice as to how to prepare for grad school? Is it too late for me?

How do I prepare myself for a PhD at MIT, or other Ivy league or top schools in the world's? Should I also get my masters before my PhD program and will that shorten or extend how long my doctorate program will be? I am also planning to get a master before the PhD though since it isn't that close I still wanted to hear an opinion from an expert. I am currently a computer science student at Florida polytechnic university if that helps as well.

FYI: I plan to do better this upcoming semester and hopefully raise my GPA close to a 3.0 by the end of either the fall or spring. And I plan to start getting some research opportunities with professors.

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Quinn’s Answer

Start taking grad classes. Ask your counselor if any professors in your major are teaching dual undergrad/grad classes. In this type of class, there may be like 100 undergrad students and 10 grad students in one class. Take the grad version (your exam may be harder, or you'll have more homework). This will let graduate schools know that you are ambitious, hard-working, and dedicated.
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Kirstin’s Answer

Speak with your academic advisor about strategies to improve your grade point average. Also think about taking post-baccalaureate course to boost your gpa. Find a program that you desire to attend and look a provisional acceptance policy
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Joel
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david’s Answer

I suggest making your first goal to get your GPA well above 3.0, if you aspire to the PhD. Then, when you are in second semester of your third year, I suggest speaking to the department head of the subject to discuss your desired strategy. That person's opinion and guidance will be the one that counts and the one that will help you take the best advantage of your fourth year.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is amazing! I really needed it. Joel
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