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My Profile - Your Comments [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2004, 13:39
Hi All

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.

Many thanks,

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Re: My Profile - Your Comments [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2004, 20:08
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quickgunmuruggan wrote:
Hi All

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.

Many thanks,

QGM


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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 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2004, 06:04
Hi

Thanks for the prompt reply. Referring to positions of leadership held, and extra currics, I have plenty to write about in college as well. I mentioned high school and UG in my earlier post. I will not have to rely solely on high school experiences in my appplication. But I guess that doesn't change much, I will still have to compensate for my low GPA with some stellar work ex + GMAT score right ?

Also, lets say I apply after 2 years of workex. Can I use my college extra currics then, or will they be like my high school credentials are right now ?

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Thanks for the prompt reply. Referring to positions of leadership held, and extra currics, I have plenty to write about in college as well. I mentioned high school and UG in my earlier post. I will not have to rely solely on high school experiences in my appplication. But I guess that doesn't change much, I will still have to compensate for my low GPA with some stellar work ex + GMAT score right ?

Also, lets say I apply after 2 years of workex. Can I use my college extra currics then, or will they be like my high school credentials are right now ?

Thanks

QGM


You are correct that you need stellar work experience and a high GMAT because of your low GPA. Some post bac A's would also help you.

If you apply after two years, you can certainly still use your college extra-curricular activities but you should also try to maintain or develop some community service activities or hobbies even while working. The schools won't expect the same volume, but try for at least something on a limited basis if your work is demanding.

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