Just finished my GMAT and got a 690..... and not just a regular 690 - the most lopsided 690 you've ever seen:
My undergraduate GPA is pretty dismal: 2.9 from the University of Washington.
However, this is mostly because I started majoring in Bioengineering and bombed every math and science class I took. Once I was in my major (another sort of engineering related field but more about communication and usability) I was fine. I had a 3.6 in my major classes. Oh yea... wow do I have some BAD grades in my Calculus classes - and calculus was the only type of math I took in college (unless you count an intro, humanities major, stat class that I did fine in)I want to go to UCLA more than anything.
The school feels like my soul mate - I can easily list half a dozen reasons as to why I prefer UCLA over any other school. I know it's a heavy finance school - which doesn't bode well for my dismal math abilities - but my biggest interest is in marketing which ties back very nicely to my undergraduate degree.
Second choice is UC Irvine. I would maybe consider the UW again, but I really want to move down to California to be closer to family. Plus, I think I'll be more rounded with an education from two different schools.
Two questions:1) Should I retake the GMAT? In the prep software, I got a 710 and a 720. But would a 720 make that big of a difference to my application?
2) In aiming for UCLA, am I like that kid in high school with a 2.0 who wants to go to Harvard? Do I have a chance with my 2.9 and 690? I have a somewhat compelling story to tell about my upbringing/education and I did well in my major but I can't shirk the feeling that I'm throwing my time and money away.
Until I have school loans and all that fun stuff, every $250 is eating in to my already very tight budget.