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Alternate Transcript - the right move, right?

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Alternate Transcript - the right move, right? [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 14:38
Hello. I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on registration into some fairly costly classes to build an alternate transcript for myself. Given my record, I'm pretty sure this is the right move; I'm just looking for some reassurance before I sign the check....

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GPA: 3.4 state school, ECON major (3.6 GPA) BUT unfortunately that's not the whole story...
About 25% of my credits on that state school transcript are advanced standing from a "near-ivy" that I attended for approx 2.5 years on and off after high school. My transcript from that institution is really bad... Not a dramatic story or anything, I was just very immature at the time and didn't care about school. Ah, to be 19 again! Anyway, that's what's driving me to the decision to build an alternate transcript.

Thanks very much for your thoughts!

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Re: Alternate Transcript - the right move, right? [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 20:58
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dustwun wrote:
Hello. I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on registration into some fairly costly classes to build an alternate transcript for myself. Given my record, I'm pretty sure this is the right move; I'm just looking for some reassurance before I sign the check....

stats:
GPA: 3.4 state school, ECON major (3.6 GPA) BUT unfortunately that's not the whole story...
About 25% of my credits on that state school transcript are advanced standing from a "near-ivy" that I attended for approx 2.5 years on and off after high school. My transcript from that institution is really bad... Not a dramatic story or anything, I was just very immature at the time and didn't care about school. Ah, to be 19 again! Anyway, that's what's driving me to the decision to build an alternate transcript.

Thanks very much for your thoughts!


There is no doubt that recent A's in business related classes can only help and certainly can't hurt anything. However, if you have 25% of dismal grades from youth and ended up with a 3.4, then you must have had a serious upward trend in grades. If your GMAT is also high, then it may not be necessary to take these classes. My response also depends on the schools you intend to apply to. If you're aiming at a school with an average GPA at matriculation of 3.67 (like HBS), it's probably a good idea. If you aiming at a school with a GPA at matriculation of 3.38 (like Fisher), it's unnecessary, especially if your GMAT is competitive.

I'm not sure this is the answer you wanted, but that's how I see it.

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Joined: 11 Apr 2013
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GMAT 1: 720 Q47 V42
GMAT 2: 770 Q48 V48
GPA: 3.49
WE: Military Officer (Military & Defense)
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Kudos [?]: 3 [0], given: 3

Re: Alternate Transcript - the right move, right? [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 21:44
First off thanks for taking the time to respond. You must be a thousand places at once because I see your name everywhere when it comes to b-school admissions.

To clarify my earlier post, my GPA probably isn't really a 3.4... I mean, that's what it says on my state school transcript, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't factor the actual grades from my advanced standing courses - it just considers them for the purposes of credit. I did have a really big, ~3 year sustained turnaround though. I think that when I was a candidate for my commission in the Navy there was some kind of conversion process whereby my two transcripts were combined to arrive at a composite gpa, but that was fairly transparent to me and I never saw a number or anything. I imagine a b-schools probably do something similar for applicants who attended more than one school for undergrad?

I waiting to really target schools until after I take the GMAT next month, but in the interest of maximizing my chances across the board I think I'll go forward with these classes. As you said, it can't hurt.

Thanks for weighing in

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Re: Alternate Transcript - the right move, right? [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2013, 21:03
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dustwun wrote:
First off thanks for taking the time to respond. You must be a thousand places at once because I see your name everywhere when it comes to b-school admissions.

To clarify my earlier post, my GPA probably isn't really a 3.4... I mean, that's what it says on my state school transcript, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't factor the actual grades from my advanced standing courses - it just considers them for the purposes of credit. I did have a really big, ~3 year sustained turnaround though. I think that when I was a candidate for my commission in the Navy there was some kind of conversion process whereby my two transcripts were combined to arrive at a composite gpa, but that was fairly transparent to me and I never saw a number or anything. I imagine a b-schools probably do something similar for applicants who attended more than one school for undergrad?

I waiting to really target schools until after I take the GMAT next month, but in the interest of maximizing my chances across the board I think I'll go forward with these classes. As you said, it can't hurt.

Thanks for weighing in


You're most welcome. Sounds like a good plan.

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