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# Questions about GPA for MBA applications!

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19 Feb 2014, 14:52
Hi guys, I have two questions regarding undergrad GPA calculation for MBA applications. Would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks!

1. I took a class out of sequence, and therefore I do not get credit for it. It does not count on my university GPA, BUT my transcript does show the grade. Would schools usually include that grade in my GPA?
2. I did very poorly during my semester abroad in the UK. Equivalent to CS and Ds. On my home university transcript it just shows the courses as pass/fail, but I'm sure the abroad university has the actual grades that I got. How likely is it that I will be asked to produce the actual grades from that semester? And could this be a deal breaker if they see those grades?
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20 Feb 2014, 06:45
Hey there, two great questions and the 2nd one is pretty common. Let's get you some answers!

1) This varies but a lot of programs do recalculate the GPA just to make sure. However, let's say they do. Then they have one number, and your transcript has another. Solution? To the optional essay, Batman! This is the perfect place to explain (in a short fashion) what the deal is here. Do the work for them. Explain what out of sequence means, why it isn't included, and what impact it has on your GPA if you were to include it.

2) You have no idea how often this comes up. Semester abroad, it would appear, also means time to have fun. Who knew?! If your school has a pass/fail agreement with the partner institution then no, you do not need to submit a transcript. Once again, easily explained in the optional essay but something that happens a lot.

Hope that helps!

Bhavik
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22 Feb 2014, 23:17
CriticalSquareMBA wrote:
Hey there, two great questions and the 2nd one is pretty common. Let's get you some answers!

1) This varies but a lot of programs do recalculate the GPA just to make sure. However, let's say they do. Then they have one number, and your transcript has another. Solution? To the optional essay, Batman! This is the perfect place to explain (in a short fashion) what the deal is here. Do the work for them. Explain what out of sequence means, why it isn't included, and what impact it has on your GPA if you were to include it.

2) You have no idea how often this comes up. Semester abroad, it would appear, also means time to have fun. Who knew?! If your school has a pass/fail agreement with the partner institution then no, you do not need to submit a transcript. Once again, easily explained in the optional essay but something that happens a lot.

Hope that helps!

Bhavik

Thanks Bhavik for your help! I really appreciate it. And I'm especially relieved that my semester of fun will not have negative consequences on MBA admissions :D
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25 Feb 2014, 06:32
My pleasure mate
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