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Profile Evaluation Request for Stanford [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2011, 12:03
[Post Edited. Thanks for the help!]

Last edited by Prabhakar on 16 Aug 2012, 03:23, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request for Stanford [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 22:26
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Well man, you have a VERY interesting profile. Not a run of the mill fella are you? :)
But that's good. No, it's great!

Now as far as your chances, you might want to wait for your GMAT before you ask that question, but let's assume a 700 GMAT for arguments sake. That 700 certainly puts you within shooting range, but knowing that the average is hovering around 730, it puts you on the low end. Which means you really need to have some amazingly rocking essays, and work hard on showing them what's unique about you. (Plus apply to the other schools on your list). Kellogg and NYU will be far more attainable than Stanford, but you should apply to all (gotta go for your dreams, especially when there's a chance!)
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Joined: 19 Apr 2011
Posts: 56
Location: United Arab Emirates
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Leadership
GMAT 1: 700 Q47 V39
GPA: 3.5
WE: Business Development (Internet and New Media)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 27

Re: Profile Evaluation Request for Stanford [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 04:13
Thanks a lot for your feedback! Glad to hear that the target colleges are in range, if my GMAT score is good; I will try my best on that.

Now since I'm working on my Essays, do I have to mention anything about my undergrad GPA in the additional info section for the likes of Stanford? (Considering their avg GPA of around 3.5 or 3.6, my 3.28 appears to be falling short - so please let me know if I should at all be concerned about this).

Also, will I be grouped in along with all other Indian IT Engg's applying to Stanford and other B-Schools, although I'm based out of Dubai? (Yes I know most colleges say they don't do any grouping and stuff, but wanted to hear your point of view on this as well).

Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request for Stanford [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2011, 21:03
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Well for your grades, it's borderline. Its not soooo low that you really want to bring attention to it, but it is almost low enough that you might want to dedicate an essay to it. Personally, I would decide this in function of all the other elements in your profile (for example, is there anything else more important we want to put in the optional essay, and what your GMAT score eventually is).
As for being grouped, to my knowledge, ALL schools do that, and that's why you have to make yourself stick out! And yes, working in Dubai is ONE thing, but you gotta put as many as you can together.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request for Stanford [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2011, 00:38
I'm actually quite confused about my undergrad grades now. Just googled up GPA conversion and looks like an 8.3/10 is not really = a 3.3/4. Various sources are providing diff ways of calculating a GPA and many even suggest contacting each college to find out about their GPA conversion method. What's your take on the GPA of 8.3/10 on a scale of 4? Is it equal to 3.3 or should it be much higher?

For example, according to this chart my my GPA should be around 3.5-3.6/4:
http://home.vef.gov/download/conversion_table.htm

Any thoughts?
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request for Stanford [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2011, 21:34
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It's an excellent question, and a very good point.
And actually there is no "clean answer". Since its a foreign system, and the AdComs don't necessarily know what the grade range is and what the numbers mean exactly (they always have a rough idea form having had so many applicants, and it helps if you are from a school that is well-known like IIT), there is no real scientific conversion.... soooo when you do it, you try and do it in a way that is both honest but will also promote your application best. Plus you can qualify your grade. So for example, let's say you find an official scale that says "Your grade is 3.4") but you have the second highest grade in a class of 2000, then its the second thing that you want to make sure they know (which you do by writing it in an essay)

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