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Question regarding undergrad education [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2005, 22:04

I am trying to get a feel for how one applicant's GPA is compared to another. I went to a local state school and graduated with a 3.3 GPA in Computer Information Systems. Is that just unacceptable for an "Elite" institution, would an admin knock my GPA down to 2.0 when comparing it to a 3.3 from an Ivy League school? Can this situation be overcome with a great GMAT score? Does it matter that I worked through college with three internships and was in a leadership position with my major's club?( It seemed like hiring managers would care more about experience than a high GPA.)

I just started this long trek to admission and I would like to know what I am starting with. For what it is worth, I am planning to apply to UCLA, University of Texas - Austin, and Stanford - I am a native Californian and I cannot see myself ever going any farther east than Texas.

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There's really no hard and fast rule here. Yeah, a adcomms probably prefer a 3.5 from Stanford than a 3.5 from a less famous school. But, theres is no adjustment that they actually apply.

Keep in mind that adcomms look at your WHOLE application in total. Your GMAt, your essays, your undergrad GPA, your recos, your interview... All of these add up to help them understand who you are. They don't focus on any one thing and make a decision based on that.

So, no need to think of it as "overcoming" your GPA with the GMAT. Yes, a great GMAT score will help, but a 3.3 is not a weakness, no matter what school you attended!



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