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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?
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Re: Optional Essay - Low GPA [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2013, 09:52
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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!


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