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Low GPA, overseas - what are my options?

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Low GPA, overseas - what are my options? [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2007, 06:05
Hi, I have a low GPA 2.76 from undergrad, graduated 6 years ago. I was working part-time throughout school and also participated in many activities during college. I am aiming for only top 10 schools.

Now although my school is an elite US undergrad known for difficult academics, I feel that I need to address the low GPA somehow. I am overseas, so I don't have access to a local community college. My GMAT is 710 (49Q, 37V). Should I:

1) Retake the GMAT and try to score 20-30pts higher. I have been doing around 730-740 in my practices, however I have already taken the test 3 times.

2) Take classes at a local university. The school would be the best in the country and reputable to US bschools. However, the classes would not be graded, since they only give grades to degree programs. I will probably receive some kind of certificate of complete of some sort.

3) Take online classes from a U.S. school.

4) Do both 2 and 3. Take 1 class at the local university and pass it, and also take 1 online class from the US and get an A.

5) Forget about GMAT and classes. Focus on activities and essays.

Which of the above would you recommend that I do? Assuming my extra-curriculars and work experience are decent, how else can I improve my profile for a top 10 ?

Thanks for your advice!
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Don't bother with the GMAT. Your score is already good enough to get you in, and a slightly higher score won't help you any more.

You really need to take some classes where you can earn grades and show that you'll be a better student this time around. The reputation of the school for this purpose matters much less than the grades you earn. Taking classes "just for show" probably won't help you.

Don't forget the extracurriculars and leadership experiences, too!

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If you were majoring in some tough major (like Mechanical Engineering for example were average GPA is 2.9) they will look at it differently. The fact that you were working and participating in other activities also will help. Don't forget to include them in your essay. GMAT score is good, but if you have time and money you can try to improve it.

I think you have a good chance to get in

Good luck
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