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How are Alternative Transcripts Calculated? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 08:53
Hello,

I am new to the GMAT Club and I searched through previous discussions, but was unable to find the answer to my question.

I had a relatively low GPA in undergrad 2.97. Worked throughout college to pay for school as well as have pay for rent (lack of on campus housing forced me to live off campus). I took three online summer school courses at a community college to ensure I graduate on time - 2B's & a C = 2.67 :|

Anyways, I'm going to be taking a Calculus and Accounting class at a community college to enhance my academic profile. The question I'm asking is will admissions take all of my classes taken at each school and divide the quality of points with the GPA credits to calculate my GPA? In this case, my total GPA would be a 3.17 and if I do well in the two additional courses, it could be slightly higher. Or will they instead be viewed as "2.97 here, 2.67 here, etc?"

I have not taken my GMAT yet, I am just trying to see where I stand GPA wise as I decide what schools I should apply to. Thank you for all future responses :)

P.S. I am taking classes at the community college because those two classes are offered in winter 8 week courses, giving me enough time to submit applications for Fall 2013 Admissions. Otherwise I would do it at a 4 year college.
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Re: How are Alternative Transcripts Calculated? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 17:19
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Hello,

I am new to the GMAT Club and I searched through previous discussions, but was unable to find the answer to my question.

I had a relatively low GPA in undergrad 2.97. Worked throughout college to pay for school as well as have pay for rent (lack of on campus housing forced me to live off campus). I took three online summer school courses at a community college to ensure I graduate on time - 2B's & a C = 2.67 :|

Anyways, I'm going to be taking a Calculus and Accounting class at a community college to enhance my academic profile. The question I'm asking is will admissions take all of my classes taken at each school and divide the quality of points with the GPA credits to calculate my GPA? In this case, my total GPA would be a 3.17 and if I do well in the two additional courses, it could be slightly higher. Or will they instead be viewed as "2.97 here, 2.67 here, etc?"

I have not taken my GMAT yet, I am just trying to see where I stand GPA wise as I decide what schools I should apply to. Thank you for all future responses :)

P.S. I am taking classes at the community college because those two classes are offered in winter 8 week courses, giving me enough time to submit applications for Fall 2013 Admissions. Otherwise I would do it at a 4 year college.


Good questions.

I don't know of any MBA program that averages post-MBA coursework into the undergrad GPA. In most cases, they will look both at your overall GPA and at any summer work or post-bac coursework. They may average the summer courses into the overall, but mostly they will also go through your transcript and look for trends or subjects where you excelled or stumbled consistently.

It is very hard to choose schools based solely on one factor. A high GMAT combined with recent A's and an essay describing what you were coping with while attending college can go a long way towards mitigating the impact of a low GPA.

You might be interested in:

* Overcoming Weaknesses in Your MBA Profile
* MBA Admissions A-Z: 26 Great Tips.


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Re: How are Alternative Transcripts Calculated? [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2012, 05:43
Thank you for your response and those links which I'm reading over now! Also did you mean pre-mba or post - undergrad for GPA?
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Thank you for your response and those links which I'm reading over now! Also did you mean pre-mba or post - undergrad for GPA?


Sorry, I meant "post-undergrad."

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