My perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA, which has followed me throughout my entire undergraduate career, has now dropped to a 3.98 because I received an A**-** in one of my classes for the quarter; my college doesn’t award the full amount to the A if the “-” is attached to it.
A couple caveats here, however. I got a full A in every other class this term (out of four total), including one nearly 600-level class and another 400-level class that almost universally awards B’s/C’s to most students who take it (and it’s a required course for the major, so that’s everybody in my department). Also, the A- is in my minor, not the major, so my GPA is still a perfect 4.0 for all my major classes. There’s also a decent chance that I’ll be presenting a solo-authored research paper at an undergraduate conference in a few months, so that’s a plus.
Question for the academics on the SDMB: Does an A- (and a sub-4.0 cumulative GPA) limit my odds of getting into a fully-funded MA/PhD program?
The above concern is the broad reasoning for my overall bitterness about this.