Pretty new to this forum. I've been a lurker for a while, but wanted your opinion on my aspirations to get into a decent MBA program. Here is my rundown:
White Male - currently 29 - B.S. in Applied Mathematics - 2.44 GPA (horrible...I know)
Dropped out of college at 18 (had not even finished a semester) from UMass - Amherst. Grandmother died who practically raised me. This was a tough one. Ended up working in the fishing industry and moving furniture for a good 3 years or so and decided I would go back to school.
I enrolled at a community college close home at the time and spent four semesters there. I finished with a 3.71 GPA with A's in Calc 1 and 2, Micro and Macro, and two Stats courses while working full time. I then decided I wanted to close off that chapter of my life where I began in college and transferred back to UMass. Yes, I could have gone elsewhere (almost ended up at Univ Southern California), but it was important to me to bring closure to that dark period when I was 18.Spring 2008
-Settling back into school at UMass was great. Picked my classes and I was ready to go. About halfway through the semester, my dad's business takes a hit and I find myself traveling two plus hours most weekend to help him stay above water. I struggled tremendously that semester with an F and a couple C's. Fall 2008
- Things were going much better, but I was still going home a bit on the weekends to help out my family. I let my grades slip a little around finals and managed a few A's in my courses. Ended around 3.0 for the semester.Spring 2009
- My parents sell their home, but shortly after my father's business takes another hit. I am traveling home every weekend to either a) help him build the new house or b) keep the business afloat so we can finish the house and have a place to live. Talk about bad timing
My grades slipped once again and I got a C- in Linear Alg and C+ in a 500 level calc based Stats course. This was not going the way I had planned.
Over the course of that summer, I convinced my dad to sell his business and managed to help my family live a more sustainable life. They had a good amount of land, and we worked to build and farm and promote more conscious choices when it came to financial matters.Fall 2009 / Spring 2010
- I took 4 500 level math courses (Applied Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis 1 and 2, Partial Differential Equations Honors level) and received B/B+ in all courses - I consider this a huge win after all that happened in the previous semesters and proved to myself I could actually hack it as a math major.
Luckily the grades from when I was 18 got reset from a "Fresh Start" program since it was so long ago, but I still ended up with a 2.44 GPA. Combined with the traveling across state most weekends and a general lack of focus, it was a rough ride).Do admissions view both school's GPA together? Or is it on a more granular level than that of "how did he do in certain classes?"
If they did, my GPA would be more towards a 3.1 which isn't AS
Fast forward to today, I have 3+ years of work experience at the same job out of college (small software company in Boston), but will be about 4.5 the time the Fall 2015 enrollment comes around. I have been promoted from Technical Engineer to Senior Technical Engineer, then to Implementation Team Lead and lastly to Manager of both Technical Support and Implementation - all while undergoing an acquisition integration with a larger competitor. I have helped to not only help our product lines improve, but have also greatly increased the efficiency in cross department collaboration and year over year increased our legacy system renewal rates. I've also put into place procedures to better track and decrease revenue churn for our SaaS product line, currently decreasing monthly averages by 70% compared to the percentages before I was involved.
I know that my key here is to study like hell for the GMAT, which I am. I have been scoring well on my CATs (700+) and sit for the exam August 23rd. I also have a green light on recommendations from my current supervisor (VP Support) and either our CEO or COO (who are both Booth alums) - they all love my production and value I bring to the company.
I don't have time for an alternative transcript, but also I don't know if that would necessarily help because I have done well on all of the classes that are usually suggested to take and I clearly have the quant chops to deal with the demands of business school.IF YOU'VE READ THIS FAR
(thank you for your interest!), what are my chances on a quality MBA program? I pretty much have to stay in the Boston area and want to go full time. Right now my list is BC and BU, but I might actually stretch and try to apply to MIT and possibly Tuck. Am I nuts to do so, or does anyone think I have a shot?
And yes...I have read the "Low GPA" threads, but it isn't the same in getting your own personal evaluation. I'd like to thank everyone for their time in helping me through this as well (if anyone dares to step to the plate)