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Question about extenuating circumstances [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2009, 17:17
Hi Everyone,

I am a recent graduate with a undergrad business degree from a top Canadian school. However, my cgpa is only 2.63 but my 4th year gpa was a 3.3. I wouldn't say that my gpa had a gradual upward trend, more of a gpa of 2.3 for years 1-3 and a sudden jump in my last year. I was just wondering if I should even bother to plan on applying to some of the top US schools like Columbia, NYU or Berkeley and what GMAT score I would need to achieve in order to gain admission to these schools.

Here are some of the factors that affected my gpa: The hospitalization of a very close family member which resulted in her death during my second year final exams and my mother's battle with cancer in my third and fourth year.

I was wondering if adcoms will take these factors into consideration and if I would need to attach evidence (death certificate, doctor's notes etc...) to my optional essay. Also, how detailed should my explanation be?

On a side note: I am also planning to attend a 1-year college program in September for Advertising Account Management. Should this be included in my application?

Thanks for all the help!!
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Re: Question about extenuating circumstances [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2009, 18:50
You won't know unless you try :)
You'll definitely want to get the highest score you can on the gmat. Then, I'd suggest getting a bit of work experience, identifying your goals. I think after you have your GMAT score, and an idea of what you'd like to do - you can better select which schools will be within reach with your profile, whatever it is at that time.
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