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Profile Evaluation Request - Low GPA with an upward rise [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 20:23
Hi,

Can someone please comment on my profile and chances for admission.

Stats:
White male
28
4.5 years work experience
GMAT 1 - 610
GMAT 2 - 690
Overall GPA - 2.95
Major GPA - 3.57
Last 84 hours GPA - 3.45
BS in Construction Management from LSU

Education:
I really struggle in my first 2 years of college. Earning 4 D's and 2 F's in the easiest classes. This was completely due to my immaturity. After receiving my final grades the semester I failed two classes, I had an epiphany that either I needed to straighten up my grades and actually graduate or go find full time employment. My parents told me to find employment because they would not support me any longer because of my poor grades. So for my final 6 semesters of school I worked full time while taking a full time class load to pay for school. I managed to achieve a 3.45 GPA for the last 84 hours of classes.

Work Experience:
4.5 years of experience with a major oil and gas company working as a construction representative. As a construction rep I have managed offshore construction projects such as the installation of caissons/platforms ranging from $3-8 million, repairs of damaged structures. I have also managed the compliance underwater inspection program which consist of planning, scheduling, and coordinating the program to comply with government standards.

Extra-Curricular:
- Participate in companies local area flag football team
- Serve food to hungry college students 1 Sunday a month
- Volunteer for Junior Achievement to teach students about personal finances
- Rebuilding America when I have time

Post-MBA:
Gain a position in a finance leadership development program with a major oil and gas company.

Schools:
Reach: UVA, Duke, CMU, Michigan
Target: Vanderbilt, Indiana, UNC

Would I stand any chance with the schools listed above?

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - Low GPA with an upward rise [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2010, 14:18
Yes, you're targeting the right range of schools, and you should be able to get into at least some of them. It really comes down to how well you execute the applications -- and don't worry about your GPA. It is what it is, and all you can do is just acknowledge that it wasn't too hot in the beginning, but you managed to recover thereafter and have been on a roll since. In fact, I wouldn't even consider your "reach" list to be reaches at all - I think you should be competitive for them (and therefore you can probably drop 1-2 schools from your so-called "target" as they're more likely to be safeties for you).
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - Low GPA with an upward rise [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2010, 06:36
Thanks for the reply Alex,

In your opinion what would be a the bests schools to apply for as reach, target, and safety schools?

I would like to get into a finance career track with a major oil and gas company. The schools that I know my company hire for these position include UVA, Duke, UT-Austin, and Wharton (possibly more).

One of my favorites (from all of my research so far) has been Vanderbilt. I really like the atmosphere of Nashville and everyone I have met associated with the MBA program has been great.

Thank you in advance for your response!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - Low GPA with an upward rise [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2010, 09:03
Reach: Wharton, Kellogg, Booth, Tuck
Sweet spot: Duke, Darden, Michigan
Safety: Vanderbilt, Texas
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - Low GPA with an upward rise   [#permalink] 09 Dec 2010, 09:03
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