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How do I make the most of an alternative transcript?

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How do I make the most of an alternative transcript? [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2007, 07:40
IтАЩm looking to apply to a top 15 B-School this upcoming fall, so right now IтАЩm in the process of preparing my application. My edge in getting into a top program is my unique work experience; I work on the business side of fashion and have seen my peers over the past 2 years get into Stern, HBS, Duke and WhartonтАж each of them with LESS impressive responsibilities than I have. There is a demand from B-Schools for non-traditional work experience and I will play this up to my utmost advantage.

Right now IтАЩm studying for the GMAT and plan on getting between 650-700. However, my concern is my low GPA from undergradтАж a 3.0, econ/math major from a top 20 university. To overcome this, IтАЩm looking into taking summer courses (undergrad) from either Hunter College or Baruch here in NYC. IтАЩm wondering if these will take emphasis off my 3.0 given that the courses will be from a less prestigious university. IтАЩve read about people on here taking online courses from UCLA and am thinking if this might be a better route. Also will the courses I select matterтАж IтАЩm planning on taking some applied stats courses and intro to corporate finance. Will it matter if I take the courses from 2 different places?

I also plan on doing some charity/community service work as wellтАж but please advise on how to downplay the 3.0..

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What classes you take and how well you do in them will matter much more than the name of the school. Definitely focus on getting A's in classes like calculus, statistics, or accounting.

And don't underestimate the importance of community service! From your post, this sounds liek an afterthought. Make sure this isn't the case in your application.

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