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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2013, 01:02
Hi Conrad,

I hope all is going well. I had a question with regards to the weighting of an undergraduate GPA and how the GPA is used in determining an applicant's overall suitability for the program. Does the admissions team consider which school your undergraduate degree was from (i.e. top tier undergraduate business program)? Also, does the team consider the courses that were taken, or which courses may have "dragged" the cGPA down? For example, in my case, my weaker courses were my electives, such as music, humanities and language courses.
Finally, I was also wondering if the fact that an applicant has attained their Chartered Accountant designation would be considered at all; maybe to offset a lower undergraduate GPA?

Thanks for all of your help in advance Conrad!
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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2013, 02:26
@AspiringCAMBA

We don't have a set formula. Applicants have to persuade us that they can handle the academic pace of the programme, which is much more intense than a 2-year programme. Typically, people can point to a high GMAT and strong academics. If you did well from a top university then that is to your advantage.

We don't look at the type of courses that you took but if you had a string of low grades, or withdrawns, then that won't help your application. We don't take professional qualifications into account.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2013, 03:12
Thanks for the guidance Conrad. Are there any ways in which you would suggest combatting a lower undergraduate GPA? Of course a higher GMAT, but would you recommend perhaps enrolling in a post-graduate diploma program or would strong extracurriculars and a focus on quality work experience be more valuable than spending the few months to a year on another academic program?

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2013, 13:49
Hi Conrad,

Is it correct that there is no options of getting a loan in UK for international students ? According to CJBS web site

https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/mba/finance/loans.html

the only option is Career Development Loan (I'm not American, Canadian, Mexican, Norwegian, Peruvian). But according to Career Development Loan site

https://www.gov.uk/career-development-loans/eligibility

it's only applicable for those who live in UK last 3 years, which is not my case. Which effectively leaves me no chance of getting a loan in UK. Are there other options in UK ?
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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2013, 22:20
@qwerty2008

I am afraid I can't answer your question on loan options because of legal restrictions. Only people, or organisations with a certain credit licence are allowed to advise or introduce loan options to individuals.

@AspiringCAMBA
We only look at your GMAT/GRE and your full-time academics when assessing your academic ability. We don't look at postgrad diplomas. Of course we look at your work history but that's a separate factor.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2013, 06:06
Hi, Conrad. Thank you for replying to my post in the other thread regarding the issues that I had with the application system. I submitted the app, paid the fee, and received a confirmation email, but when I log back into the system it show my application and incomplete and not submitted. Is this something that I should be worried about? Would it be okay to contact the admissions office to verify that the application was received?
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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2013, 01:33
We believe your application was submitted, but if you have any doubts, please email mba-enquiries@jbs.cam.ac.uk with more details and we will verify.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2014, 15:08
Hi Conrad,
Thank you for organizing special thread about Judge Business School.

I'd like to ask about the life of an application in your office from an operational standpoint. What happens between the time an applicant clicks ‘submit’ and the time the Admission committee offers a final decision (e.g. how many “reads” does it get, how long is each “read,” who reads it, does the committee convene to discuss it as a group, etc.)?
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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2014, 07:11
@Rashidmsu

There are 4 people who read applications including myself. I personally go through the applications of candidates that are recommended for interview one more time. I might also go through certain other applications, eg those with high GMATs, good academics but are recommended for rejection. In some cases, we might make reference checks over the phone, or speak to the candidates themselves to get a better idea of their application.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2014, 16:45
Hi Conrad,

I have a few questions about the interview process at CJBS. What percentage of applicants are invited to interview and what are usually the odds of acceptance once an interview has been conducted?

Thank you so much for being so responsive and prompt on this forum! It has been a great resource.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2014, 20:24
Hi Conard,

I have been wait listed for the interview in R2 (short interview wait list). Can you please comment upon the chances of being invited for an interview in such a case.

It matters more for me because Judge is the only college I have applied to (after lots of research), and I intend to send more info to the college, which may be considered before the final decision.

A line of guidance will be very helpful.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2014, 01:51
@girdhari

This is not the right platform for individual enquiries. Could you email us at mba-enquiries@jbs.cam.ac.uk although I have to say that we don't give individual feedback on applications.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2014, 21:55
Hello Conard,

I intend to apply to Judge in Round 3. I am an Indian applicant and have reasons for not applying in round 1 or 2. I just wanted to know if the admissions are almost over in Judge ? Is it too late to apply now or should i wait till next season. Please let me know your response, i have my application ready and really very intersted to Join Cambridge judge.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2014, 22:31
@Pri86

It is not too late to apply. There are still two more application rounds, and the next deadline is Friday March 7th.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 17:32
Hi Conrad,

I have submitted an application for round 3, I was wondering when I am likely to hear back whether I have received an interview or not.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 12 May 2014, 06:10
Hi,

Was wondering if anyone from 25th April deadline applicants has received update from the school? Any idea how does the school look into the application (First come, first serve) or do they pick applications randomly from the lot?

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 18 May 2014, 14:06
Hello Conrad,

I plan on pursuing an MBA and would appreciate your thoughts on gaining admission to a top MBA program, such as Judge's, despite a low undergrad GPA (~2.75 @ an average state school in the US).

Do you have any recommendations on how I can improve my chances of admission to an MBA program such as Judge's? Do any of my soft factors (listed below) sufficiently overcome the GPA issue? Obviously, the higher the better, but is there a threshold GMAT score that you would like to see for an applicant like myself?

Here are some soft factors that I hope will help my chances of admission:

- Co-Founder/Exec of startup that has raised $6MM+ in angel and venture funding
- Admitted to top Silicon Valley startup accelerator
- Demonstrated upward movement (promotions) in early career prior to startup
- Earned J.D. at top 40 law school w/3.4 GPA (~top 25% of class) while working full-time
- Passed California Bar Exam
- At time of application, I will have ~8 years of work experience
- Played two Division One varsity sports in college (All-American, multiple team conference championships and national championships) (partial explanation for the low GPA)
- ADHD diagnosis post-undergrad (partial explanation for the low GPA)

Thank you for any advice/perspective that you can offer.
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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 May 2014, 01:05
@sparts

There's nothing that you can do now about your GPA. It is below our minimum requirement but we have, in exceptional cases, interviewed candidates with GPAs below the requirement if they have done well on GMAT, had great work experience and offered some reason as to why they underperformed in their undergrad, and demonstrate other evidence of academic ability.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 May 2014, 13:47
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@sparts

There's nothing that you can do now about your GPA. It is below our minimum requirement but we have, in exceptional cases, interviewed candidates with GPAs below the requirement if they have done well on GMAT, had great work experience and offered some reason as to why they underperformed in their undergrad, and demonstrate other evidence of academic ability.

Hope that helps.

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Thank you, Conrad. Your response does help and keeps me hopeful. I am very much looking forward to applying to Judge in the next year or two.
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Re: Ask Cambridge (Judge) Admissions [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2014, 19:46
Hi Conrad

I'm a Thai woman working for one of the big 4 in Thailand. I have IELTS overall 7.5 and all bands reach 7 except writing (6.5). I intend to retake it and apply for R2, but wondering if I have any chance of admission with such criteria?

Thanks a million
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