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How closely are undergraduate transcripts examined? [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2013, 19:46
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Hi,

I have a decent cumulative GPA (3.56). I double majored in Mathematical Economic Analysis and German Studies and graduated in three years from a Top 20 university. I'm wondering how closely undergraduate transcripts are examined because of the following:

1) Given my major, this may sound strange, but I never had the chance to take an accounting course. It was only offered in the Fall, and the way my university staggered class registration, spots filled up before I could ever sign up. If I had stayed for my fourth year, I definitely would have gotten into the class. Will this count against me in my application? I do have a solid math background; I took single- and multivariable calculus, as well as differential equations. In addition, I've accumulated two years of management consulting experience in solely finance projects, though that doesn't make me an expert. If this does count against me, should I take an accounting course and do you have any recommendations? I split my time between Dallas and Houston, so any of the universities in those cities are game. I'm also fine with taking an online course, if it's just as reputable.

2) I made mostly A's and B's in my math and economics courses. In my opinion, the few C's I made were in inconsequential courses (Advanced Game Theory, Multivariable Calculus), with the exception of Financial Economics, which I took during my last semester. The concepts didn't trouble me. It was just my first time juggling a part-time internship and a full-time course load. I didn't give enough attention to the class. Again, will this reflect poorly on me / require explanation?

Alternatively, I would appreciate it if someone could direct me to an existing thread on this topic.

Many thanks!
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Re: How closely are undergraduate transcripts examined? [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2013, 20:34
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I don't think you need to worry about not having an Accounting on your profile. BSchools don't want just the bschool people and no program REQUIRES you to take accounting courses prior as far as I am aware.

As to the C's that may be helpful to explain in one of the optional essays (if you don't have bigger fish to fry/address there). GPA matters quite a bit in the applications as it reflects your commitment and edu potential so it would need to be covered one way or another, even though these are pretty hard/non-essential classes.

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Re: How closely are undergraduate transcripts examined? [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2013, 20:40
Thanks for the advice! I had just read elsewhere on this forum that a girl was encouraged to take an accounting course during her Stanford interview. But there are plenty of applicants who haven't taken an accounting course, so I can see why it's not a requirement. I also probably won't explain my C's in the optional essays section, since, like you said, they were hard/non-essential classes, and I don't want to unnecessarily draw attention to them.

And congrats on the UA and HH statuses! I should probably capitalize on other hotel programs, but I'm such a fan of Starwood... :wink:

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I don't think you need to worry about not having an Accounting on your profile. BSchools don't want just the bschool people and no program REQUIRES you to take accounting courses prior as far as I am aware.

As to the C's that may be helpful to explain in one of the optional essays (if you don't have bigger fish to fry/address there). GPA matters quite a bit in the applications as it reflects your commitment and edu potential so it would need to be covered one way or another, even though these are pretty hard/non-essential classes.

P.S. Congrats on being an SPG Plat member.
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Re: How closely are undergraduate transcripts examined? [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2013, 21:11
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Actually to answer the exact question you asked (sorry for beating around the bush) - nothing gets away from the admissions really in the top 10, so if you ever wonder if they notice or not.... they will. However, with your background, doubt they will push for Accounting classes. I have known plenty of Military, Marketing, and other applicants all over the place who have not had any business background and that's why they wanted to attend the BSchool (Full disclosure: none of the references above went to Stanford)
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