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How to offset lower GPA? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 08:40
First off, let me apologize if I haven't posted this in the correct forum. First timer here, so any help or guidance is always appreciated!

I would like to know how to offset a lower GPA to have a better chance at gaining entrance into a good B-School. I graduated with a 2.97 from a state school. Simply due to the fact that I was working 5-60 hours a week supporting my family. but thankfully that time is over. Looking to take my GMAT sometime before June.

Should I be taking business courses at a CC or an extensions? Or should I just leave it as is and try to get the highest score possible on my GMATs?
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Re: How to offset lower GPA? [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2012, 20:40
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Hi Iginca,
I would suggest you focus on other parts of your application: GMAT , essays, recommendation letters, resume etc. An excellent GMAT score, great recommendation letters, perfect resume, and effective and persuasive essays can always offset your poor GPA. Also, you have a valid reason to explain your low GPA which you can very well do in your optional essay.
Right now , aim for a stellar GMAT score and work hard for it.
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I don't think you need to take extra courses. Acing the GMAT will help a lot, as will writing a very direct and clever essay about you working while in school, etc.
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Re: How to offset lower GPA? [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2012, 06:34
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iginca wrote:
First off, let me apologize if I haven't posted this in the correct forum. First timer here, so any help or guidance is always appreciated!

I would like to know how to offset a lower GPA to have a better chance at gaining entrance into a good B-School. I graduated with a 2.97 from a state school. Simply due to the fact that I was working 5-60 hours a week supporting my family. but thankfully that time is over. Looking to take my GMAT sometime before June.

Should I be taking business courses at a CC or an extensions? Or should I just leave it as is and try to get the highest score possible on my GMATs?


I think it depends where you want to apply. There are many programs where I would completely agree with Jon and MyEssayReview. However there are also programs (especially those where the average GPA is 3.3 or higher) where even with a stellar GMAT, excellent essays and your reasonable explanation will leave you at a competitive disadvantage. If you are applying to these programs, a few recent A's could help you demonstrate that you know how to apply yourself academically. If you have poor grades in quant subjects or few quant subjects on your transcript, recent A's can also boost adcom confidence in your quant skills as well as prepare you for b-school; obviously the quant GMAT score can reinforce this too.

For more tips on applying with a low GPA, please see MBA application weaknesses.

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