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# Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA

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Joined: 30 Jan 2010
Posts: 290
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Economics
Schools: Chicago Booth - Class of 2015
GMAT 1: Q V
WE: Project Management (Real Estate)
Followers: 10

Kudos [?]: 121 [1] , given: 72

Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  17 Mar 2014, 20:53
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I'm not sure how I just found this thread. I would have devoured it last year when I was applying.

University: University of Southern California
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
GPA: 2.88
GMAT: 770 (99%), Q:50 (93%), V:44 (97%), AWA:4.5 (37%)
Nationality: US, Caucasian
Age: 29
Gender: M
Work Experience: 7 years in construction project engineering/project management. Promotions approx. every 2 years.
Extracurricular Activities: Honestly, pretty limited. The only significant one was advisor and alumni president for my fraternity.
Community Services: Participant/volunteer in a few runs, build days, etc

Application Results:
R3 - Fuqua - Dinged without interview
R3 - Ross - Accepted
R3 - Booth - Matriculated after being waitlisted
R3 - Kellogg - Withdrew from WL upon acceptance from Booth

My GPA was terrible, I applied in R3, and I certainly didn't have anything to offer in terms of demographic diversity. My GMAT obviously helped a ton and having significant work experience help distance me from my grades. Beyond that, my essays were solid and I very deliberately addressed my shortcomings. My recos were fantastic. I took a risk for my 2nd reco by having a classmate from an executive education program I completed write about my contributions in an academic setting.
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Joined: 01 Aug 2013
Posts: 87
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Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  04 Jun 2014, 22:22
I've taken the GMAT 4 times, and the highest score that I managed was a 660. It went up each time, and across attempts my best quant was a 48 and best verbal was a 37. I'm still going to go ahead and apply to a variety of top schools this year since I think I have a decent profile.

One suggestion for people with low GMAT concerns - take a look at www.mbamath.com; doing their online graded course might show a little bit of determination (and ability?) to get through the first year curriculum at most business schools
Current Student
Joined: 15 Jun 2012
Posts: 114
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 760 Q48 V48
GPA: 3.1
WE: Engineering (Manufacturing)
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 43 [1] , given: 17

Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  05 Jun 2014, 11:10
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Program: MBA
Area of interest in MBA: General Management, Strategy
GMAT: 760 Q48 V48
GPA: University of Michigan, Engineering, 3.1 (ok ok, 3.06)
Work experience(WE): ~5 years at matriculation, Manufacturing
Nationality: US, White
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Extra-curriculars/community: Heavy involvement (including chair of board) in local chapter of professional society.

Schools applied to:

Ross, Round 1, Accepted
Kellogg, Round 1, Accepted and Matriculating
Booth, Round 1, Waitlisted with interview
Tepper, Round 1, Accepted (with $) Fuqua, Round 1, Accepted (with$)

I used the optional essay in each app to briefly explain the grading curve in my technical classes. I also said that while I wish my GPA had been higher, that I was proud to have graduated from a competitive program in four years while showing improvement and working part time. I used 118 words, which I think was enough to show that I recognized the weakness, but not so much that I irritated the adcom with another lengthy essay.

For someone with a similar situation (high GMAT, low GPA), just know that you can get into a really good school.
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Joined: 11 Apr 2013
Posts: 18
Concentration: Operations, General Management
Followers: 0

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Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  27 Jul 2014, 07:57
I have yet to take the GMAT, but how did everybody overcome their low GPA? I could make excuses and say I had several full time jobs or that I was thousands of miles from my family as a 17 year old, but I know I only have myself to blame for the underwhelming performance and others have also had demanding jobs and distance from their family as undergraduates and did well. I've since earned an AA degree, and will be finishing up my MS in sports management in the Spring both with impressive GPAs (3.5 and 4.0). Will this help make up for my low UGPA?
Current Student
Joined: 30 Jan 2010
Posts: 290
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Economics
Schools: Chicago Booth - Class of 2015
GMAT 1: Q V
WE: Project Management (Real Estate)
Followers: 10

Kudos [?]: 121 [0], given: 72

Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  27 Jul 2014, 08:06
pellantn wrote:
...how did everybody overcome their low GPA?

I'm pretty sure most people have already answered this in their posts. That's the primary purpose of the thread. Scroll back a ways for ideas.
Manager
Status: Waiting
Joined: 04 May 2014
Posts: 58
Concentration: Healthcare, Strategy
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V41
WE: Business Development (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 25 [0], given: 16

Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  19 Dec 2014, 11:33
GMAT: 710(Q:47, V:41, AWA:6, IR: 8)
University attended: Top Tier University of California
Major(s): Biology
GPA / Honours: 2.96
Nationality: Asian American
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Work Experience: No. of Years / Industry / Role
Extra-curricular Activities: minimal
Community Services: minimal

Business Schools (Applied but Dinged): CBS, Ross

I felt that my GPA was a major hurdle for a very long time. These are the things that probably helped overcome the GPA.

-700+ GMAT (I personally think this helped the least. At most, it kept me from being disqualified outright)
-Steady work progression: I've been fortunate at my company. I've seen a promotion every year for 5 years at the same organization
-Not a banker/consultant: I work in pharma (oncology), and I believe this made my application stand out a bit
-Essays/Resume: I worked with Drew from Veritas Prep on my essays and resume. It was expensive, but there's no doubt in my mind that this helped my essays. I'm a good writer on my own, but the VP team really works to make your application an accurate and complete picture of your experiences and intentions
-Additional coursework: I retook calculus II at a community college and received an A. This was one course I struggled with in college.
Intern
Joined: 04 Apr 2014
Posts: 21
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance
GMAT Date: 09-13-2014
GPA: 3.23
Followers: 0

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

Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  22 Dec 2014, 16:49
Hi guys, I'm finding some of these posts to be really inspiring.

I just took the GMAT for the 3rd time and I topped out at 640 (Q44, V34), even tho my practice tests were Q46, V36

I'm really not sure what to do, if I should even apply or not this year. I already applied to Columbia and got denied. I wanted to apply to Wharton, HBS and NYU in R2.

My profile:
Masters major: engineering, GPA 3.5
2 years WE in a leadership rotational program at a well known company
Born in Tokyo, Asian American
Lots of extracurriculars, leadership experience and volunteer work

Is it worth applying this year???
Current Student
Joined: 30 Aug 2010
Posts: 145
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 56 [0], given: 2

Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  23 Dec 2014, 05:58
mari0o24 wrote:
Hi guys, I'm finding some of these posts to be really inspiring.

I just took the GMAT for the 3rd time and I topped out at 640 (Q44, V34), even tho my practice tests were Q46, V36

I'm really not sure what to do, if I should even apply or not this year. I already applied to Columbia and got denied. I wanted to apply to Wharton, HBS and NYU in R2.

My profile:
Masters major: engineering, GPA 3.5
2 years WE in a leadership rotational program at a well known company
Born in Tokyo, Asian American
Lots of extracurriculars, leadership experience and volunteer work

Is it worth applying this year???

I think you really, really, really, need to bring that GMAT up. The other statistics look solid, but frankly since you are from an overrepresented majority (Asian American Male) that is known for its high GMATs, it puts you at a significant disadvantage. It would also help because you are also on the young side.
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Joined: 04 Apr 2014
Posts: 21
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance
GMAT Date: 09-13-2014
GPA: 3.23
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Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  23 Dec 2014, 09:52
Does it help that I'm actually a girl and not a guy haha sorry, maybe I should have specified that earlier.

Do you think I could apply and take the test again and then submit my new score after I submit my apps?
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Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  23 Dec 2014, 11:24
mari0o24 wrote:
Does it help that I'm actually a girl and not a guy haha sorry, maybe I should have specified that earlier.

Do you think I could apply and take the test again and then submit my new score after I submit my apps?

It does help! But that 640 is still low. It's below the 20 percentile for NYU (680 is 20th percentile), which means its almost definitely even lower for Harvard. The lowest GMAT that Wharton accepted last year was 620; 80% of its students scored 710 - 750... You would need something relatively special in the other parts of your profile to compensate for this.

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Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  23 Dec 2014, 12:10
I think I might re-take, I've been getting a 680 in my practice test but it's not translating when I sit for the real thing. Just gotta keep practicing!
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Status: Planning my funemployment...
Joined: 03 Feb 2014
Posts: 470
Concentration: Strategy, Other
GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V40
GPA: 2.48
WE: Engineering (Other)
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Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  23 Dec 2014, 12:32
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Thought it was time to post my profile here.

Profile
UG GPA: 2.475 Mechanical Engineering (Ivy non-HYP)
WE: 78 months at matriculation (3 different companies 5 different positions most recently in a Project Manager role)
GMAT: 730 49Q 40V 6IR 6AWA (first and only take)
EC's: 4 years of coaching children on the weekends and 2 years of mentoring high school students
Minority: Asian American Male

More of my story can be found in the link in my signature. to all of you still trying! There is hope!
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Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  25 Dec 2014, 16:45
Had a gmat score of 490 last year after taking it twice! I applied to wharton anyways and got invited to an interview.. Don't worry.. I did not get accepted. But the fact that I got the interview says something! I am convince that a score over 550 is enough if your background is unique and interesting! We shall see

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Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  25 Dec 2014, 16:52
Vmtp wrote:
Had a gmat score of 490 last year after taking it twice! I applied to wharton anyways and got invited to an interview.. Don't worry.. I did not get accepted. But the fact that I got the interview says something! I am convince that a score over 550 is enough if your background is unique and interesting! We shall see

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This may be true, but it better be REAL unique and interesting. Dominique Foxworth got into HBS with 570 GMAT... but he also led the NFL Player's Union in groundbreaking negotiations with the NFL.

Meanwhile, the lowest GMAT of an accepted person at Wharton last year was 620.
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Re: Profiles - Admitted to Top B-Schools w/ Low GMAT or Low GPA [#permalink]  25 Dec 2014, 17:16
While the GMAT is farely easy for some people, it is more challenging for others. I believe that it depends on the person and the education background. A former professional tennis player might have a harder time scoring a Q47 than an academivally drilled finance major.. That does not mean that the tennis player doesn't posess skills and experiences that are extremely intersting to top tier schools and top employers. The schools are aware of that! A great gmat score is important if academics have been your primary focus growing up... If you have other important skills, the universities will appreciate and respect that!

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