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Hello friends,

I would like to know what to do if one has low GPA? I have 6.83/10, it would be around 2.7/4. I have done Mechanical Engineering from good college in India.

I still have to take GMAT.

Can I take some online courses? What should I do to enhance my chances of acceptance?
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09 Nov 2010, 21:33
First off, you will not have to calculate your GPA into the American standard 4.0 system. Chances are, your 6.83 is better than your perceived 2.7/4. AdComs know the rigor and the grading system and will make the necessary adjustments.

Second off, a high GMAT will always somehow compensate for a lower GPA. Now, a "high" GMAT is quite subjective, but if I were you, I'd aim as high as I can get (aim for 800 and settle for what you get). Having said that, not everyone will be able to get 760 or 770, such as myself. If that were the case, an alternative transcript is always a good thing to think about if you have the time. If you're gearing for round 2 applications, an alternative transcript is not going to work. Take several business-oriented courses via some extension courses online or community colleges - get A's! If you're able to do that, you're showing the AdComs your seriousness in getting this MBA, and the ability to succeed in each school's MBA program. Last, but not least, you can always improve your candidacy by displaying leadership ability in and outside of work. This is something that you should probably have already; if not, it's never too late to start. All of these combined will most likely land you, at least an interview, if not an acceptance.
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09 Nov 2010, 21:37
Hi bakfed,

I am also suffering with the same disease...Low GPA. When people advise to enroll for other corses to compensate the LOW GPA, I am perplexed..what are these courses??? It might be a very trivial question but the one which I am not able to answer.
Can you please provide some pointers?
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Hi bakfed,

I am also suffering with the same disease...Low GPA. When people advise to enroll for other corses to compensate the LOW GPA, I am perplexed..what are these courses??? It might be a very trivial question but the one which I am not able to answer.
Can you please provide some pointers?

Generally speaking, most top business schools are pretty quant-heavy. Also, generally speaking, most b-schools require or assume that students have the basic knowledge of first-year college calculus and statistics. These courses are, obviously, extremely quant-heavy. If you did not have a chance to take these courses in college, I'd highly recommend you taking them. Besides calculus and statistics, there are always macroeconomics, microeconomics, finance, and accounting courses that may peak your interest. Remember - it's not about what you take, but it's about what you can show the adcom and the grades you get. Do you have to take all of the listed courses? No. But it would definitely help support your idea of going to b-school where these courses are usually the core courses that students have to take. Again, if time is an issue, I'd say that calculus and statistics are the two things that should be taken. If time allows, then you can dig deeper into some sort of finance courses.
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09 Nov 2010, 21:54
oh, and, an 800 on GMAT would definitely be icing on the cake. =)
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09 Nov 2010, 22:03
Bakfed, thats a nice piece of advice. Wanted to ask you a question though, do you think spending time improving your GMAT score (as you've done) is a better option than taking a course and scoring A's in that. I mean afterall you spend your time studying for both. And an advantage in case of GMAT is I only need to better understand the content and keep practicing to increase my chances for getting a high score.

Now suppose after doing all this one does get a good score after a retake, do you think the Adcom would still ask for the other attributes of leadership and better transcripts to beat the low GPA?

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09 Nov 2010, 22:43
same disease. check my profile specs
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09 Nov 2010, 23:41
Thank you everyone.

Can you please let me know if there is any online course I can apply?

Oh yes, I m planning to apply for MBA next year so I think I have plenty of time to take any course but only online. One thing more I have covered Statistics and other quant stuff in my under-grad. So, is it wise to take that again? Or should I concentrate on Mirco-economics or economics, the course to which I'm alien?

I do have very good leadership and community work record.

Thank you Bakfed once again for all the help..
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10 Nov 2010, 04:53
This is one of those uses for the optional essay.

Make the rest of your app strong (GMAT, letters of rec, essays, etc.) and then use the optional essay to explain the circumstances surrounding your GPA.
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10 Nov 2010, 07:30
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Bakfed, thats a nice piece of advice. Wanted to ask you a question though, do you think spending time improving your GMAT score (as you've done) is a better option than taking a course and scoring A's in that. I mean afterall you spend your time studying for both. And an advantage in case of GMAT is I only need to better understand the content and keep practicing to increase my chances for getting a high score.

Now suppose after doing all this one does get a good score after a retake, do you think the Adcom would still ask for the other attributes of leadership and better transcripts to beat the low GPA?

-Abhi

I don't think there's going to be any specific calculations to how much weight GMAT carries and how much weight several additional business-oriented courses carry. A higher GMAT is always a good thing, but if one is trying to get a 730 froma 710, I'd say the difference is nominal, if any. Having said that, I personally believe that the GMAT will carry a bit more weight since it's the only thing that puts you on a standardized scale as everyone else. No matter what, AdComs will want to see leadership ability, no doubt about that. Whether a super high GMAT can offset a low GPA, that's really going to be anyone else's guess. If you got a super high GMAT and don't have the time to take a few classes, you should definitely address the low GPA in the optional essay.

Just wanted to throw this thought in - there's no guarantee that you WILL get in even if you have a high GMAT and took several courses online to offset a lower GPA, but it helps to a certain extent.
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10 Nov 2010, 07:33
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Thank you everyone.

Can you please let me know if there is any online course I can apply?

Oh yes, I m planning to apply for MBA next year so I think I have plenty of time to take any course but only online. One thing more I have covered Statistics and other quant stuff in my under-grad. So, is it wise to take that again? Or should I concentrate on Mirco-economics or economics, the course to which I'm alien?

I do have very good leadership and community work record.

Thank you Bakfed once again for all the help..

I think through UCLA extension, you are able to take classes online (check with other folks as well as I never have been through the re-taking process [I really should have though...]). I can't tell you whether it's wise to retake that. Did you get A's in them? If you did, you probably shouldn't waste your time on these courses again. If you had received C's, yes, you should retake. If I were you, I'd go online and check out some business courses that may interest you. The ones I listed are simply te ones that popped in my head. I would hate for you to take microecon and only to find out that advanced algebra is what you're interested in.
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11 Nov 2010, 10:30
I am also having a very low GPA (I should have studied in my college ) and a decent GMAT score ( 700 ) , though I plan to give the test another shot.

The idea of doing some extra courses sound good. Could some one throw more light on this...

What kind of correspondence institutes I should Aim? (I am from India)

Is CFA level I a good option?

What other courses would make my application impressive?
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11 Nov 2010, 10:40
I'm not too sure exactly how students in India can take some additional courses; perhaps there are institutes in India that offers such classes? I really am not sure. In terms of what courses, again, as long as it's quant-related and to your interest, it'll be good.
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11 Nov 2010, 11:09
Thanks for the instant reply, I am trying to inquire about some of suitable courses in India.

I am also planning to take level I of CFA https://www.cfainstitute.org/Pages/index.aspx , which is an international course. I hope that clearing level I will have some positive effect on my profile as I want to peruse MBA in finance.
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