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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 00:03
Cheerio wrote:
While I think it's still a bit early for you to apply to business schools, I think it's good that you are thinking about it. I would suggest that you work for a few years and make sure you know what you want to get out of an MBA program when/if you decide to apply.

I don't think your GPA is a deal breaker, but I think you do need to ace the GMAT to give yourself a fair shot at the top tier MBA programs. I was able to overcome my lackluster GPA with a solid story and a very respectable GMAT score.

Good luck!


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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 08:19
What sort of post bac programs are you talking about? I think it can definitely help you cause if you ace the program and get a 4.0 gpa. Building an alternate transcript with solid grades will only help your case.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 09:58
any advice on how to convert % into GPA system ?
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2 questions.

1.) When is the best time to apply with a low GPA, round 1, 2 or 3? I know there are more seats in round 1, but is it true adcoms take more risk in round 2? When is the best time to apply?



I think the answer to this is "It depends". Normally, in R1, ADCOM's looking to fill the slots of applicants with WE in popular industries (Banking / Consulting). If you have experience in either, then you will be evaluated amongst other peers within your industry (Banking / Consulting). If you are a minority (ethnic / work), then it might be favorable to apply in R2, IMO, since ADCOM would have already filled slots for the most common applicants (consultants / bankers) in R1 and would be looking for diversity in their demographics in R2. Downside is if you get waitlisted in R2, you might not make it to R3, since there wont be that many seats left.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but is the R1/R2/R3 admissions split something like 40/40/20?
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 10:06
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any advice on how to convert % into GPA system ?


http://faculty.cascadia.edu/dwhittaker/percent2gpa.htm

And I think you just take the averages, but you might also need to weight the scores based on credits. i.e. using a pseudo weighted average formula
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 10:17
Cheerio wrote:
What sort of post bac programs are you talking about? I think it can definitely help you cause if you ace the program and get a 4.0 gpa. Building an alternate transcript with solid grades will only help your case.


I'm looking into Columbia's post bac program, and working for a Business certificate. I think my biggest challenge is writing my statement of purpose. The application is due in August so I have a bit of time. I definitely think I have some solid reasons towards my UG gpa. Thanks so much, because now I'm 100% set on looking at post bac programs.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2011, 14:20
How did you guys answer questions from the interviewer addressing the low gpa?
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2011, 06:54
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Hi kayo12,

I recommend addressing the interviewer's questions similar to how you addressed the issue in your business school essays. The URL below has more information on how you can discuss the situation.

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 13:56
Forgive my ignorance on the topic. I have not really researched the admissions process yet. My question is, what is a ding and does it constitute immediate dismissal from the process?

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 16:28
These are inspiring to all of us. Ultimately, we succeed or fail based on commitment, indefinable personal attributes and maybe a bit of luck!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2011, 19:43
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Forgive my ignorance on the topic. I have not really researched the admissions process yet. My question is, what is a ding and does it constitute immediate dismissal from the process?

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A ding is a rejection at any point, so you could be interviewed and thin dinged or no interview and ding.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 00:53
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@ jczgal2011 - Wow... congratulations. Thats absolutely fantastic!

I'm in the low GPA boat myself and when I started this application process, I was a nervous wreck about my low U-GPA. Here are my stats:

GPA: 2.7 non-US university
GMAT: 700 Q47 V38
Waitlisted: Ross, Duke
Admitted: Cornell, Rotman
W.E.: 3 yrs engineering

I realized quite early on that my UGPA might be a huge hinderence so I enrolled in a post-graduate course and aced all my papers. That brought my overall GPA to a respectable number. The rest was all about putting together some good essays + great extra-curricular achievements.


Wow, awesome.

Can I ask for some advice from you, and your profile too?

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 00:56
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gablaze23 wrote:
2 questions.

1.) When is the best time to apply with a low GPA, round 1, 2 or 3? I know there are more seats in round 1, but is it true adcoms take more risk in round 2? When is the best time to apply?



I think the answer to this is "It depends". Normally, in R1, ADCOM's looking to fill the slots of applicants with WE in popular industries (Banking / Consulting). If you have experience in either, then you will be evaluated amongst other peers within your industry (Banking / Consulting). If you are a minority (ethnic / work), then it might be favorable to apply in R2, IMO, since ADCOM would have already filled slots for the most common applicants (consultants / bankers) in R1 and would be looking for diversity in their demographics in R2. Downside is if you get waitlisted in R2, you might not make it to R3, since there wont be that many seats left.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but is the R1/R2/R3 admissions split something like 40/40/20?


I am in the nonprofit industry. But I do want to apply in R1 because I don't be kept hanging until Feb or March. :x I'll probably apply to both though.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 05:11
1) 2.1 Mechanical Engineering from a top institute in India. Built an alternate transcript by doing a one year course in Industrial management and logistics in Finland, with a gpa of 4.6 on 5.
GMAT 1 : 580 (V27, Q43)
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2) Cambridge, London Business School, Manchester Business School,Cranefield ( dinged without interview from all these 4 U.K. schools I applied to :shock: )
3) IESE ($$), HEC, Esade, RSM ( accepted at all these 4 Non-U.K. schools I applied to :-D )
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2011, 11:29
Hi

I dont have a under graduation GPA rather i have a percentage 44% Scale Though i fall under 75 percentile. I have 5.7 years of work experience.

I really want to apply in top 30 want to know what are my chances. I am expecting a GMAT score around 650. Working hard to strech it till 700.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2011, 19:05
This is all very encouraging and shows the importance of all the factors in the application and interview. Thanks
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 09:19
2.68 undergrad GPA
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 10:20
for post bacc programs -- BYU has some good cheap online business classes that HBS advocates acceptees to take if they need to brush up but i like NYU SCPS's finance certificates. hamm0 i think you have a good shot at some of them :) get a solid gmat though obv
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 10:23
had 2.7 ugrad with a 3.7ish NYU SCPS grade system, was given acceptance and $$$ by UT and Ricelast year, waitlisted last/interviewed and dinged this year at CBS... dinged w/o interview @ CHicago.. waiting til february to hear back this year
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