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Hi everyone! I missed the Feb 18th extended deadline (got my application in the next day) so I am waiting on the March 10th deadline, and, while I'm looking forward to hearing back from the program, I'm looking to be realistic and would care for some insight :) My undergrad GPA was poor, slightly under 2.5, and I'm wondering how badly that'll hurt my chances for the program. The responses I've gotten on it have mostly been, "Apply anyway as long as you have a good GPA statement."

I won't say my GPA statement was the best, but I feel it adequately described my undergraduate situation (60hrs part time work with 20 credits) and I've taken a few education classes in the past few months (where my cumulative average was higher than a 3.0) to develop my skills for my current job. I'm also not a recent graduate - I've been working abroad for the past 3 years.

TLDR - how much of my shining and awesome amazing personality matters to the program? and will it be enough to at least get me considered? My highest preference was science, followed by a preference for special education and/or ESL.

Please share and care with me about any applicants you know who had terrible GPAs, but managed to become a fellow. I will totally PIF if accepted into the program.

Edit as of 3/12:
"Hi! Unfortunately, I was notified last week that I didn't make it for a phone interview. While I'm a bit disappointed, because NYCTF would have helped me reach a lot of my goals, a job opportunity where I'd be a better fit and would allow me to transition better from living abroad for the past couple years came up and I'm waiting to hear back on it. I'm considering applying earlier next year, though. My highest priority was teaching science, and for the deadline I applied by, they were more interested in ESL."

Thank you, everyone, for your kind responses.  

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 24th, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't been accepted (still waiting!) but my GPA wasn't the best either (~2.6)-- I did make it all the way to selection day though, fairly quickly (notification within a couple of weeks of each step, except for selection day) with no deferment. Concentrate on making sure the other parts of your application are as strong as possible; from what I've read/been told, GPA is most significant in terms of getting you into one of the universities. If NYCTF likes you as an applicant overall, and they're able to get you into one of the masters' programs, then you're good to go, I hear :)
caddieneko
Feb. 25th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you for your reply and best of luck to you as you wait :) I feel like I'm a strong candidate, except for my GPA.
rgeneva
Feb. 26th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
My GPA is 2.6 and I applied, had phone interview, went to selection day and now my application is pending review. There is always a chance, and guess what, if you don't get in this year there is always next year. Just make sure you are as honest as possible on your GPA statement.

Good Luck!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 11th, 2014 01:01 pm (UTC)
how did it go? have you heard back regarding acceptance?
rgeneva
Mar. 11th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
Hi.

No not yet, I should hear back in early April. Have you heard back?
(Anonymous)
Feb. 27th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
I had a 2.9 GPA, and I was accepted into the program in early January, including the spring apprenticeship program.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 11th, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hi, i just wanted to see how it went for you? have they reached out to you for a phone interview?1
caddieneko
Mar. 11th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hi! Unfortunately, I was notified last week that I didn't make it for a phone interview. While I'm a bit disappointed, because NYCTF would have helped me reach a lot of my goals, a job opportunity where I'd be a better fit and would allow me to transition better from living abroad for the past couple years came up and I'm waiting to hear back on it. I'm considering applying earlier next year, though. My highest priority was teaching science, and for the deadline I applied by, they were more interested in ESL.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 19th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
Hi, does anyone know when accepted fellows find out where they are going to grad school? I have to move into the city and was going to base my move around that.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 25th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
University assignments come out in May, I've heard!
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