I am currently an undergrad student at an Indian Institute of Technology. Wanted to know what my chances of getting into say HBS/Stanford/Wharton (basically the top 10) are with my profile:
0 workex as of Fall 2005
Great academics prior to Graduation, but messed up my GPA at IIT
( ~ 2.5/4.0)
Above average extra curriculars
Tons of leadership positions held during high school, UG
Expecting to do well at GMAT, prepared seriously for CAT - will be appearing for it within 2 months, maybe sooner
What say people ? I had a few specific queries:
Can I compensate for poor academics at UG level with a good GMAT score and plenty of extra currics etc ? I mean c'mon, an IIT is one of the toughest places to be in academically. Will they consider the selectivity/toughness of the UG school ?
Workex ? I heard that HBS at least is allowing freshers to apply. Is there any point to applying without workex ?
Any additional insights are welcomed.
Avoid pointing to high school activities. Focus on your college experience.
Yes, the schools will consider the reputation of the school you attended when evaluating your GPA. BUT, the top schools receive many applications from IIT grads who have good GPAs. A 2.5 is quite low for h/s/w.
While Harvard and Stanford do consider applications for applicants coming straight out of college and lacking full-time work experience, the ones who get in have a high GMAT, high grades, impressive extra-curricular activities and internships that provided them with at least some professional experience.
Given your low GPA, I strongly urge you to work for a couple of years and put some distance between your application and your mediocre undergrad career. Hopefully you will be able to write about superior professional advancement, take a few classes and earn A's in them, and yes submit a high GMAT. A high GMAT will offset at least somewhat a low GPA, especially if there were extenuating circumstances that contributed tothe low GPA and/or you can show that you know how to excel on the job.
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