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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.
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.
Can I ask for some advice from you, and your profile too?
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. I'll probably apply to both though.
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 ) 3) IESE ($$), HEC, Esade, RSM ( accepted at all these 4 Non-U.K. schools I applied to )
Management Leadership of Tomorrow (MLT) - MBA Programs Fellow MLT LA Chapter - Board Member / Recruiting Officer Net Impact - Professional Chapter Co-President MBADiversity Organization - Global Fellow, CHINA
for post bacc programs -- BYU has some good cheap online business classes that HBS advocates acceptees to take if they need to brush up but i like NYU SCPS's finance certificates. hamm0 i think you have a good shot at some of them get a solid gmat though obv _________________
had 2.7 ugrad with a 3.7ish NYU SCPS grade system, was given acceptance and $$$ 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 _________________
Program: MBA(FT) Area of interest in MBA : General Management/Strategy GMAT: 690 (Q48, V36, AWA 5) 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 Gender: M Extracurriculars/community: Extensive experience in sports for development
Schools applied to:
School 1: Duke - Fuqua (EA) Status: Accepted and Matriculating
School 2: Michigan - Ross (R1) Status: Accepted
School 3: Cornell - Johnson (R1) Status: Accepted
I was a reapplicant from last year. If you want to read the rest of my story, feel free to click on the second of the two following links. _________________
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.
GPA/Undergrad: 3.1 from top 10 school. GMAT: 740 GMAT Experience: Consulting WE: 4 years 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.
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.
Final decisions are in: Berkeley: Denied with interview Tepper: Waitlisted with interview Rotman: Admitted with scholarship (withdrawn) Random French School: Admitted to MSc in Management with scholarship (...