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Hi everyone,

I'm currently a sophomore in my undergrad and I plan on applying for the 2022-2023 cycle, at the end of my junior year. I'm working on my application slowly throughout the year so I'm ready to submit early in the cycle (mid-May) and get a head start for programs with rolling admissions. 

However, my university won't release my second semester junior year official transcript until mid-June. That means if I submit my application mid-May, I'd only be submitting my official grades up until my first semester of junior year of college. Should I wait for my official transcript to be ready and submit mid-June, or should I go ahead and submit mid-May and update CASPA once my second semester grades are ready?

I'm so torn on what to do. I'm afraid if I only have 5 semesters worth of grades on my transcript, I will be seen as a weak applicant. On the other hand, I'm afraid if i don't submit early I'll potentially lose some interviews. I know once I submit my official transcript, the grades I update won't count towards my GPA, but I'm not worried about that because I'll most likely have around a 3.75 gpa regardless. 

Any advice is appreciated!

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Mid May vs Mid June= The same thing. If you're a strong candidate applying in June will be just fine. However, most schools require you to have your bachelor's degree to apply or atleast have it before matriculation. If you apply at the end of your junior year and plan on graduating in May of the next year you will have to make sure whatever program you apply to starts after May. I'm not sure about how many schools would accept a student before they obtain their bachelor's degree though. Many don't mind when you need a pre req or two to finish but still needing to finish your bachelor's could be tough.

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Reading into it a little more apparently not as common as I thought regarding needing a bachelor's before applying. Just before matriculation. So, with that not being an issue I wouldn't sweat applying in mid June. Anything before July is considered early and there isn't a school out there that's not going to be offering interviews to students applying in mid June. I think it certainly would be helpful to have that extra semester on the transcripts to show you are finishing undergrad strong.

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