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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...
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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.