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Can I apply to PT after ding from FT, within same year?

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Can I apply to PT after ding from FT, within same year? [#permalink] New post 11 May 2011, 20:11
Is it possible to apply to UCLA or USC part time after being rejected from their fulltime program within the same admissions year? i.e. Apply fulltime R1 to UCLA, get dinged by December, then apply to the FEMBA program R2 in February.
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Re: Can I apply to PT after ding from FT, within same year? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 04:59
Call the schools. They will have the only answer that matters
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Re: Can I apply to PT after ding from FT, within same year? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 13:22
I talked to both UCLA and USC today. The answer was NO. I can only apply to one program a year. I applied already this year, FT, and was dinged by both schools. I did get some great feedback on my application from UCLA. So thanks UCLA admissions office! Getting my GMAT up (630, Q39, V38), is the goal going forward. I also received advice to discuss my low UG GPA in the optional essay. I didn't want to draw attention to it, because I have a high M.S. GPA. This seemed to be the first thing that stood out, and somehow my M.S. scores were overlooked.

Most importantly I heard that UCLA has a fairly strict school 3.0 GPA UG policy, and below that requires some administrative hoops to jump through.

Even if somehow I got my GMAT to say 690+, there is no way to know if I'd get in to either UCLA or USC. I am 32, and waiting after two rejections to apply part-time sounds silly. My gut tells me to apply to part-time program next admissions cycle, because my current GMAT should be good enough for USC (i hope, as it is above their average), and has a higher acceptance rate. However, I am trying to change careers, Engineering to Investment Mgmt and feel the full-time is the best way to go. I know that the UG GPA for the part-time programs are lower, but I still need to find out about the 3.0 policy for those programs.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: Can I apply to PT after ding from FT, within same year? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 14:19
scott2013 wrote:
I talked to both UCLA and USC today. The answer was NO. I can only apply to one program a year. I applied already this year, FT, and was dinged by both schools. I did get some great feedback on my application from UCLA. So thanks UCLA admissions office! Getting my GMAT up (630, Q39, V38), is the goal going forward. I also received advice to discuss my low UG GPA in the optional essay. I didn't want to draw attention to it, because I have a high M.S. GPA. This seemed to be the first thing that stood out, and somehow my M.S. scores were overlooked.

Most importantly I heard that UCLA has a fairly strict school 3.0 GPA UG policy, and below that requires some administrative hoops to jump through.

Even if somehow I got my GMAT to say 690+, there is no way to know if I'd get in to either UCLA or USC. I am 32, and waiting after two rejections to apply part-time sounds silly. My gut tells me to apply to part-time program next admissions cycle, because my current GMAT should be good enough for USC (i hope, as it is above their average), and has a higher acceptance rate. However, I am trying to change careers, Engineering to Investment Mgmt and feel the full-time is the best way to go. I know that the UG GPA for the part-time programs are lower, but I still need to find out about the 3.0 policy for those programs.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Scott


The truth of the matter is that masters GPA are greatly inflated as opposed to the undergrad GPA. Knowing this, AdComs pay much more attention to the undergrad GPA than to the grad GPA. That's why the UCLA adcoms said what they said about GPA.

I've never heard of the 3.0 "cutoff" mark. As far as I know, people get into b-schools with sub-3 GPAs just fine. One thing that is quite intriguing is the super high average GPA that UCLA Anderson admits. I think with that in mind, it's safe to say that for UCLA and UCLA alone, if you have a sub-3 GPA, you might want to do everything you can to supplement the lower GPA (i.e. high GMAT score, good work experience, good letters, and good essays). USC is much more lenient on the numbers and will be more feasible for those who are looking to stay in LA for the MBA program. I just have never heard of the 3.0 policy in my lifetime.
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Re: Can I apply to PT after ding from FT, within same year? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2011, 20:44
scott2013 wrote:
I talked to both UCLA and USC today. The answer was NO. I can only apply to one program a year. I applied already this year, FT, and was dinged by both schools. I did get some great feedback on my application from UCLA. So thanks UCLA admissions office! Getting my GMAT up (630, Q39, V38), is the goal going forward. I also received advice to discuss my low UG GPA in the optional essay. I didn't want to draw attention to it, because I have a high M.S. GPA. This seemed to be the first thing that stood out, and somehow my M.S. scores were overlooked.

Most importantly I heard that UCLA has a fairly strict school 3.0 GPA UG policy, and below that requires some administrative hoops to jump through.

Even if somehow I got my GMAT to say 690+, there is no way to know if I'd get in to either UCLA or USC. I am 32, and waiting after two rejections to apply part-time sounds silly. My gut tells me to apply to part-time program next admissions cycle, because my current GMAT should be good enough for USC (i hope, as it is above their average), and has a higher acceptance rate. However, I am trying to change careers, Engineering to Investment Mgmt and feel the full-time is the best way to go. I know that the UG GPA for the part-time programs are lower, but I still need to find out about the 3.0 policy for those programs.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Scott


I've been told by somebody from UCLA that I don't even really need to submit my official transcript from my Masters.

That probably means that any education beyond your Bachelors is considered but not as heavily weighted.
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