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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2009, 13:48
It appears hard enough with a solid GMAT score and a solid gpa to be admitted into a top school.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2009, 01:56
hi, ~3 gpa

submitting for r2 this year! we'll see what happens
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2010, 02:24
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I had a 2.8 as well, no Fs but I did have a D. I wrote an essay explaining a lot of personal issues I had gone through in college, and in my interviews I was very honest about how I didn't take education seriously. I ended up getting a 700 on the GMAT after a lot of studying, and I think this was a good way to prove I was now focused on school. I have been accepted to Foster so far, have had several other interviews, and am waiting to hear back from the other schools I have applied to in rd 2.

congratulations... when did you applied for and interviewed with foster?
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2010, 09:11
This is great!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2010, 23:16
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I had a 2.8 as well, no Fs but I did have a D. I wrote an essay explaining a lot of personal issues I had gone through in college, and in my interviews I was very honest about how I didn't take education seriously. I ended up getting a 700 on the GMAT after a lot of studying, and I think this was a good way to prove I was now focused on school. I have been accepted to Foster so far, have had several other interviews, and am waiting to hear back from the other schools I have applied to in rd 2.

congratulations... when did you applied for and interviewed with foster?


I applied at the end of round 2, and interviewed 2 weeks ago. Heard back from them last week.

that's so soon to hear a decision :) I interviewed with them last week. I applied on the deadline for the 3rd round- jan 15th. I hope I hear them soon. I am really curious...
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2010, 00:27
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I applied on the deadline for the 3rd round- jan 15th. I hope I hear them soon. I am really curious...


Oh my mistake, it was round 3 for me as well, Jan. 15th. I think it was one week to the day that the person who I interviewed with called me and told me the good news. Good luck!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2010, 01:14
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I applied on the deadline for the 3rd round- jan 15th. I hope I hear them soon. I am really curious...


Oh my mistake, it was round 3 for me as well, Jan. 15th. I think it was one week to the day that the person who I interviewed with called me and told me the good news. Good luck!

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2010, 20:00
I'll add my story too, although I consider it to be more of a work in progress rather than a success story (which is why I didn't post earlier). I have a 2.5 gpa in math from a top 15 school. I had an F or two, and a couple of Ds. I took a very ambitious schedule, but above all decided to focus on online poker rather than my studies. All day, all night, I was playing poker. Skipped class to play poker, missed assignments, etc. The story is awful, and I feel like a jerk telling it. I cleaned up my act, worked at 2 blue chip companies, have done meaningful work, and scored a 780 on my gmat. (As an aside, if you have a low gpa and low gmat, you really better have something very special [e.g. you played professional sports, founded a charity in Africa, or came up with the next facebook] to have a chance at the very top programs)

Anyway, I'm still waiting to hear from CMU (I had an interview and visited and liked it). My other decisions are in the books:

Accepted with scholarship to Emory,
Interviewed and rejected from Booth and Kellogg
Rejected without interview from HBS, Stanford, MIT
Not interviewed, but not officially rejected yet from Duke
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2010, 18:42
very impressive lowgpa... please share more if you can. What type of work experience do you have? Are you male or female? What is the best part of your application?
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2010, 02:10
very curious as well, lowgpa you must be stellar!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 07:02
I have the same issue as all of you I went to a top five engineering school and have a 2.59. I took summer transfer courses in business and have a 3.40 for 15 credits. How will I fair you think if I apply to R1 for schools ranked 6-12 in the US? Thanks!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 08:23
My GPA was always a bit of a concern. Had a 2.9 going into my final semester, so I overloaded on classes and scored a 3.8 and an overall 3.2 from an Ivy. Part of the reason why my GPA was low before my last semester was because I worked 20 hrs/week to pay for school, and because I was overly involved in extra-currics.

Got a 730 GMAT (50 Q, 38 V), and got into CBS '13 September 21st!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 10:14
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I have an undergrad gpa of 2.8 from a large state school and a GMAT of 670. I applied to three schools this year:
1. Wharton-Interviewed
2. Kellogg-Matriculating
3. Darden-Admit

I took some extra classes at a local university and have a great resume (promoted three times in three years) that really helped. Low GPA is definitely not the end of your journey, just an obstabcle to overcome.

And I am Indian, so not even a minority, at least as far as B schools are concerned.


Wow, great one. Do share your application strategies!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2010, 12:49
Not a success story yet...

I did not go to school directly after high school and began to work full-time. I started taking night classes at a community college and eventually finished my degree from a somewhat respected state school this summer.

Technically, I have a GPA of 3.4 upon graduation (obviously, not low) and a GPA of 3.1 from the community college (not a big deal). However, since I worked full-time (and didn't care about school at all until the last year), I have a LOT of Withdrawals, D's, and F's. I retook one course 3 times since I got too busy with work to finish it every other time I took it. Hopefully this isn't a killer for me and my GMAT (760) cancels some of it out.

I mentioned my focus on work in my "additional information" section (work actually paid for my college). I had a GPA of 3.8 in my final 10 classes, so that should help. Applying to HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, Yale, and Boston University. We'll see!
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 23:42
this topic gives me some hope.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 04:42
I would like to become a success story.... I'll report back after I get in to a school.
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 05:43
thanks for posting everyone. This thread has been tremendously motivating :)
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 10:20
Hoping to be a success story:

2.6 GPA BBA in Finance (failed four in college)
Played D1 baseball (scholarship covered tuition/books)
GMAT: 670
Mexican America (U.S. Citizen)
First person to attend college in my family
Took a year off before college to volunteer at my high school coaching baseball and mentoring students in math and economics
Started a non profit scholarship fund in 2002 to help high school students pay for college or vocational school.
Started a conf to educate college students on careers in a hot industry
Worked four years on an trading desk within an investment bank


applying to UT, Rice, Penn and Harvard
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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 10:39
My GPAs - UG is 2.9 and PG is 3.27.

The master's GPA can be a baseline. ? or only UG GPA is considered for MBA admission.?

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Re: Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 10:48
Both your UGPA and Master's GPA will be taken into consideration as you'll fill both out on your application. However, I believe most AdComs will place a bigger emphasis on your undergrad GPA since most of the master's GPAs are inflated.
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