Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 01 Oct 2014, 10:36

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Optional Essay - Low GPA

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Current Student
avatar
Joined: 01 Mar 2010
Posts: 106
Location: United States (FL)
Concentration: Finance, Nonprofit
GMAT 1: 640 Q36 V41
GMAT 2: 630 Q42 V34
GMAT 3: 640 Q42 V35
GMAT 4: 620 Q42 V34
GMAT 5: 700 Q45 V40
GPA: 2.71
WE: Underwriter (Other)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 20

Optional Essay - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2013, 19:01
I had a low GPA (2.7) in college so over the course of three years, I took 6 quantitative/business courses to try and alleviate any possible concerns, getting As in all of them. Schools are going to see my GPA and the transcripts, which will be uploaded in the applications. So is it necessary to use the optional essay to explain the low GPA? Will the admissions committee automatically see the GPA and then see that I have taken steps to address it (by the presence of the transcripts) or is it necessary to spell it out for them?
Expert Post
MBA Admissions Consulting
User avatar
Joined: 18 Apr 2013
Posts: 825
Location: Chicago, IL
Followers: 14

Kudos [?]: 122 [0], given: 1

Re: Optional Essay - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2013, 09:52
Expert's post
Hey there,

I think you should use the optional essay but be careful. Don't make it sound like an excuse. Don't try to explain away your 2.7. Make it proactive and compelling. Unless, of course, you had a REALLY good reason you got a 2.7 but generally most applicants don't.

However, you WERE proactive so you should definitely highlight that. There is a clear story here that shows your dedication to your goals. Additionally, I'm sure they could piece it together but why take that risk? Spell it out in a clear and concise manner. You don't have many words to play with so make them count.

And good for you for taking those steps to remedy the GPA!

Bhavik
_________________

Bhavik
Managing Partner

Critical Square | MBA Admissions Services

Web | Blog | Free Resources | Facebook | Twitter

Sign up for a free consultation today!

Was this post helpful to you? Give a Kudos and let me know!

Re: Optional Essay - Low GPA   [#permalink] 07 Aug 2013, 09:52
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
1 Experts publish their posts in the topic Address GPA in optional essay? iambroke 5 11 Sep 2013, 15:37
Address GPA in optional essay? iambroke 0 11 Sep 2013, 15:34
1 Experts publish their posts in the topic explaining low salary in the optional essay adCON 10 08 Apr 2013, 11:55
When to address low-GPA in optional essay? DMNY31 1 07 Dec 2012, 11:25
Optional Essay for GPA ? pyarapopat 5 31 Jul 2011, 08:19
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Optional Essay - Low GPA

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.