Here's my situation which i'm sure is fairly common: Freshman year I was super lazy, didn't really try, and as a consequence had about a 3.0 gpa. Sophmore year I suddenly kicked it up a gear and have been pulling 3.75+ ever quarter since. Currently I have about a 3.5 (which I can theoretically raise to about 3.65ish by the time I graduate). I was wondering would the adcoms "view" my GPA as 3.75 or 3.5 or somewhere inbetween. The reason I am asking is just because I want to have an idea of what schools i realistically have a shot at. My overall GPA seems to be at the level of a lower tier school but based on my performance I would have the GPA that would probably qualify me for a top tier school. Which is the more realistic way to view it?