I'm aiming to apply to a few top business schools for marketing but here's a run down of my grades from some quantitative classes from undergrad. Obviously not so hot.... My cumulative is a 3.47 from an Ivy League undergrad. What do you think my chances are at somewhere like Fuqua or Columbia?
Financial Accounting: C
Managerial Accounting: B-
Real Estate Finance: A
Has anyone had to address these concerns during interviews? What's the best way to approach?
Admission to top schools including Fuqua and Columbia are based on the entire package. Like you mentioned above, while an undergrad GPA of 3.47 from an Ivy league school might not be 'so hot', it definitely keeps you in the running. It is hard to make a decision solely on undergrad grades. You have a decent academic record in your undergrad that will ensure that the adcom is interested in knowing more about other facets of your application. You should be focusing on other aspects of the application that you can influence at this point, such as, essays, recommendations, GMAT (if you do not have a score, already) to maximize yoru chances of converting at a top B school.
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