How to get into grad school with a 2.5-3.0 GPA and no research experience?

Get a Research Assistant job in your field and take whatever classes you can, either with the undergrads or at the Adult Studies/Extension school (often you'll get tuition help for being an employee).  Then bust your ass.

I did this when I wanted to switch into computational biology from CS without any life science experience.  The lab was understanding that I was taking classes on the side (others in the lab did it since RA jobs are often used this way).  I took classes with the undergrads, which made it considerably harder, but it was worth the stress and lack of sleep.

One Reply to “How to get into grad school with a 2.5-3.0 GPA and no research experience?”

  1. Josh hit it straight on. Get a job. I switched from life sciences to chemistry but only because I spent 5 years in pharmacology before coming to grad school.

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