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How analytical do Ad Coms consider UG courses in Sciences

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How analytical do Ad Coms consider UG courses in Sciences [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 10:40
Hi all,

Been lurking around here for a really long time. There is just so much information available here that I have never really felt the need to ask anything.

I'm not sure if I can be called a traditional applicant and now as I begin my applications, I have been wondering how Admissions Committee would look at my college degree in Chemistry. May be it's a little too late to take courses in Statistics, Economics and Accounting etc since I intend to put in most of my apps by Round 1. However, any information I may receive here may be helpful in putting my mind at ease.

I have a B. Sc. (3-year equivalent of a BS in the US) in Chemistry from one of the top 3/5 Natural Sciences and Liberal Arts colleges in India. Immediately after obtaining admission here, I also secured admission into the Vocational Biotechnology Program offered by the University (one of the top 3 in India) to which my college is affiliated. This program receives huge grants from the University Grants Commission of India and is a highly selective program. So it was more like a double major for me [my transcripts say "Graduated with distinction in Chemistry (with Voc. Biotechnology)] though Indian universities don't allow a double major. By the end of my third and final year of college, I had studied courses such as Organic Chemistry, Anlytical Chemistry and Biostatistics amongst many others.

Can anyone shed light on whether some of the above courses along with a 750 on the GMAT would be evidence to Ad Coms of my ability to handle the academic rigor of an MBA? Does my undergraduate degree and it's structure merit an explanation in the optional essay? Also, how many people with undergraduate studies in the natural sciences make it to top 10-15 US schools?
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Re: How analytical do Ad Coms consider UG courses in Sciences [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 11:46
I think you're overthinking things. You graduated with distinctions so obviously your GPA is solid. With a 750 GMAT score (heck even with a 700) they will see that you can handle the coursework. The optional essay is for explaining gaps in work history, inconsistent or poor grades, or any serious red flags that might come up (like an arrest or conviction). It can also be used to show anything pertinent an adcom might need to know about you that didn't fit in the required essays (i.e. a particular area of interest or involvement that can add another dimension to who you are as a person). You don't need to "explain away" your undergrad degree. It's all good.
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Re: How analytical do Ad Coms consider UG courses in Sciences [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 12:56
Thanks for your comments, chaeetarah. Would be great if more people chimed in.

Btw, your blog is good fun to read and your writing is terrific. Excellent post on why you think now is the right time to apply. Good luck with your application to Kellogg.

I'm still curious, though, to know how many applicants from India apply to top 10/15 schools with an undergraduate degree in natural sciences. Any response from alums/current students would be appreciated.
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