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MSRED/MBA Profile low GPA [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2008, 11:06
Hi. I was wondering if you could give me some feedback on my profile. I'm less interested in an MBA than getting a Master of Science in Real Estate, but I'd like a general sense of how my profile stacks up

-29 years old
-African American male
-680 GMAT Q42 V41
-5 Years Work experience, all of which was in Student Financial Aid sales (Sallie Mae, Nelnet, etc.)
-Have owned a Real Estate Development sole proprietorship since 2005 with over $1m of real estate -assets(current valuation)
-Have consulted on sales and marketing for two condo projects in Washington DC
-embarked on a failed development effort to build LEED certified prefab townhouses in DC and almost lost my shirt
-member, Urban Land Institute And US Green Building Council
-Chairman of marketing commitee in DC Main Streets project which turned around the U Street corridor
-Published Author (One of a compilation of essays about social aspects of hip-hop, available in B&N, Borders, Amazon, etc, several magazines and online magazines. Good reviews, and most reviews mention my essay) "Beats, Rhymes, and Life: What We Love and Hate about Hip-Hop" Shameless plug, I know
-Licensed realtor

My issue is I took five and a half years to get through undergrad, switched majors three times, and failed a bunch of classes. Came out with a B.A and a 2.7 GPA. That said, once I got my act together, my last two years, I was at about a 3.3 GPA taking the hardest classes and overloads. I still worry how much of this is a handicap. I think my entrepreneurial and work experience speaks for itself, but I would be lying if I said I don't lose sleep over my GPA.
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Re: MSRED/MBA Profile low GPA [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2008, 21:06
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faraji13,

Stop losing sleep. Your undergraduate performance will certainly require explaining in your optional essays, but the trend was upward, your GMAT score is good, you're now several years out of college, and if you were at a competitive undergraduate school they'll cut you even more slack. Most of all, you have a wonderful (strong, varied, interesting) profile and a demographic profile that schools view favorably. It all looks good to me; you could get into some good programs. I wouldn't wait too long though; you're starting to move out of the core age range ...

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