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Low GPA - Strong Resume...seeking advice/expectations?

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Low GPA - Strong Resume...seeking advice/expectations? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 11:04
Greetings GMATClub!

I'm currently in the process of trying to determine where to apply to grad school and I'm hoping some of you on here may be able to assist. A brief bio is below, please let me know if you need any additional information.

GPA: 2.8 from a well-known state university with average academics
GMAT: 710 - 46Q / 42V
Demographic: White American male

Overview of experience:

    Career in Information Technology
    In 5 year span I've ascended through multiple positions from a jr level technician to sr level engineer and I now work in IT management
    Elected to the Board of Directors for my profession's professional organization
    Hand-picked to be chair of large professional conference in my industry


I realize this is a very limited view of things, but with these pieces of information how likely do you think I would be to gain entry into a top business school (assuming I provide well written essays)?

My top choices at the moment are Darden at the University of Virginia and Tuck at Dartmouth due to their Case Method educational philosophies.


Thanks in advance, I truly appreciate it!
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Re: Low GPA - Strong Resume...seeking advice/expectations? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 12:21
It's going to be really tough to overcome your low GPA. I'd say Tuck is a longshot, but Darden should be a reasonable attempt for you.

Check out this article with the stats: http://poetsandquants.com/2012/03/27/gp ... -get-in/2/

It really helps to be in the 80%. I'm not really hearing a compelling reason for your low grades. Your GMAT helps, but it doesn't knock it out of the park. Lots of schools use the case method (all to some extent), so I'd say look into schools to target that won't flinch as hard at your GPA. This doesn't mean you shouldn't apply. You definitely should apply to Tuck and Darden if you love them. Visit Tuck multiple times and get face time there. That will help a lot.
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Re: Low GPA - Strong Resume...seeking advice/expectations?   [#permalink] 01 Oct 2012, 12:21
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