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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2011, 00:56
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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?


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)
GMAT 2: 700 (V41, Q45)
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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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 11:18
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congo this is very inspiring!!!!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2012, 10:24
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uGPA: 2.85 Management Science (Honors Program), top two school in a Southeast Asian nation
Post Grad: Enrolled into a Finance class at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and got an A
Work experience(WE): 5 years; 4 promotions working for a top two sporting goods brand
Nationality: US (Asian American)
Age: 27
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Extracurriculars/community: Extensive experience in sports for development

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School 1: Duke - Fuqua (EA)
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School 2: Michigan - Ross (R1)
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2012, 17:31
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1. 3.17, Finance, Large State-School, (Two Fs on transcript)
2. Dinged at Booth and UCLA (Anderson)
3. Accepted at Texas and Matriculating at Kellogg

A low GPA can certainly be overcome. Remember, this isn't Yale Law School or Harvard Med School where one B will kill you.


Well in pretty much any med school, you're screwed when you have a GPA under 3.5, and you're right with Yale Law School. Only 40 out of 275 admitted students at Yale had an undergrad GPA under 3.75 after adjusting to the LSAC CAS GPA. Then again, most law school students are usually right out of college or younger than 25.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2012, 20:55
GPA/Undergrad: 3.1 from top 10 school.
GMAT: 740 GMAT
Experience: Consulting
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Other: Extensive sports activities as well as significant community service as it relates to my personal interests.

I was recently accepted at Wharton. I really believe it came down to self reflection and writing an authentic story about myself and therefore I encourage people to write a story that is unique to themselves. Think about what you have done, either personally, professionally or academically, and make a stand as to how that has impacted your career and your future aspirations. Think big...if you could be anything and do anything in your career...what would it really be? Answering that question helped to think through the essay questions. Hopefully it can help you all as well.

If you all have questions I am more than happy to respond.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 11:08
Yet another success story:

Applied and got dings from: LBS, Kellogg, Haas
Applied and matriculating: Cornell Johnson


Undergrad GPA: 2.7 from top 10 school in Computer Science. No trend, grades were all over the place.
GMAT: 710 GMAT
Experience: Software Engineer -> Technical Program Manager
WE: 5.5 years

Other:
- Some sports activities (different martial arts & running), usually 1 yr long involvement at a time, so no senior/leadership positions there.
- Provided temporary help to new immigrants in need. Did not use any organization - usually found them through friends. Shared home with them, helped find housing arrangements, purchased food, helped them to find work.
- A year into work started taking business classes at a local community college: 2 accounting classes, business stats, and microeconomics. This took me about a year. Then transferred to the local private university and completed Post Baccalureate Certificate of Studies in Business Administration. This took me 2 years, I had to take 11 classes and got 3.78 GPA.

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 14:22
anyone here with a low gpa AND low gmat and still got in on the strength of their essays/recs/we/xc?
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2012, 18:23
Diablo wrote:
anyone here with a low gpa AND low gmat and still got in on the strength of their essays/recs/we/xc?


Diablo, I think I qualify as a low GPA and low GMAT applicant. Click on the link to access the Third Quadrant Applicant thread for more info.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 06:24
I have a 2.9 UG GPA from a top 5 liberal arts school (where during the year, I was a senior editor on the newspaper and pretty involved in extracurriculars) and a 3.7 from summer classes taken at a top state school. I have 4 years of progressive experience working in defense, which sounds very impressive when I write out my job description. I'm currently a manager (one of the youngest in the agency). I'm taking the GMAT soon, but based on my prep tests, it looks like I'm going to get around a 700-710. Do I have a shot at the top 20?
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 08:48
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I have a 2.9 UG GPA from a top 5 liberal arts school (where during the year, I was a senior editor on the newspaper and pretty involved in extracurriculars) and a 3.7 from summer classes taken at a top state school. I have 4 years of progressive experience working in defense, which sounds very impressive when I write out my job description. I'm currently a manager (one of the youngest in the agency). I'm taking the GMAT soon, but based on my prep tests, it looks like I'm going to get around a 700-710. Do I have a shot at the top 20?


Compelling essays, recommendation letters and resume will give you a chance to get accepted to top 10 schools even with a low GPA and median GMAT. However, I would suggest that you focus first on the GMAT before you even start thinking about the next steps.

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2012, 16:28
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sonjeroo wrote:
I have a 2.9 UG GPA from a top 5 liberal arts school (where during the year, I was a senior editor on the newspaper and pretty involved in extracurriculars) and a 3.7 from summer classes taken at a top state school. I have 4 years of progressive experience working in defense, which sounds very impressive when I write out my job description. I'm currently a manager (one of the youngest in the agency). I'm taking the GMAT soon, but based on my prep tests, it looks like I'm going to get around a 700-710. Do I have a shot at the top 20?


Compelling essays, recommendation letters and resume will give you a chance to get accepted to top 10 schools even with a low GPA and median GMAT. However, I would suggest that you focus first on the GMAT before you even start thinking about the next steps.

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 18:00
Hi,
Sonjeroo, you definitely have ashot at top 20. Definitely knock out that 700 as it will go a long way to showing you are ready for b-school and take some focus off of your GPA.

My profile:

2.83 GPA at Top 5 liberal arts college with no clear pattern in performance
Economics major
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5 years WE in finance (worked way up from operations desk at custodian bank to investor services at large hedge fund)
Other: played top level competitive ultimate frisbee for many years, child mentor, honestly not as many extracurriculars as one would be expected to have, however I had a strong story.

I once moved cross country with no job and ended up with nothing when the financial crisis hit. I ended up moving abroad and studying in a language program and starting my own educational consulting business for a year while trying to figure out what went wrong and what i wanted next. The business didnt quite pan out and once my visa expired, I came back to the US and really focused myself on my passion for finance and worked my way to one of the largest hedge funds. I've learned a lot about myself through all of this and was able to translate that story to reflect my future goals.

The key is definitely going to be your unique story. Know yourself, good and bad, and understand how to translate your past experiences into what you want to be in the future. Don't try to make excuses or explain away what's happened but show how you've reflected on the big experiences of your life and apply it to your future goals.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 18:27
24 y/o white male from Northeast US. 3.08 GPA in finance from small private university. 750 GMAT. 3 years work exp in real estate.

Columbia - ding w/ interview
Yale - ding w/o interview
Tuck - w/l
Kellogg - accepted & matriculating

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 08:29
~3 liberal arts major, got into my dream school - Chicago Booth!

I do have a stellar gmat score though, including a perfect Q51
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