Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 24 Oct 2014, 07:46

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

SBC Scoop: Unknown Undergraduate Degree

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Expert Post
Stacy Blackman Representative
User avatar
Joined: 03 Nov 2010
Posts: 1443
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Followers: 27

Kudos [?]: 73 [0], given: 0

SBC Scoop: Unknown Undergraduate Degree [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 12:48
Expert's post
*Please note that no client details are ever shared in SBC Scoop or otherwise without complete sign off from client.

http://www.stacyblackman.com/2011/10/13 ... e-degrees/


All GPAs are not created equal. It’s well known that some schools are far more academically rigorous than others. But you probably made the decision about where to go to college as a teenager, years before you even considered applying for an MBA program. You may have decided to attend the nearest state school because of cost or convenience, or you ended up a smaller and less well-known program because you valued small classes and a close community. If your undergraduate institution doesn’t have the caliber of a top tier University, how do you showcase your academic achievement?

Sean attended the University of Maine for one year and then transferred to Bates College, also in Maine, where he graduated. He performed well at University of Maine (3.3 GPA), and extremely well at Bates (3.8 GPA). Even with strong academics, Sean was concerned that he couldn’t compete with his peers who had attended Ivy league programs.

When we started working together one of the first steps was to analyze Sean’s transcripts and look for any strengths or weaknesses in his academic record. Sean had started out as a Biology major at University of Maine, but he found the large program not as engaging as his small classes during high school. He decided to transfer to Bates, and he also transitioned to a Political Science major in the move between schools. Therefore his transcript showed a mix of hard science and social science classes. Sean’s grades were strong enough in the math and science courses to assure an MBA program he had quantitative ability. Most of his classes at Bates had a participation factor to the grading, and his extremely strong performance showed that he would shine at case discussions in business school.

Overall Sean’s academics presented a case for academic achievement in an MBA program. We decided to add a short optional essay on why he transferred and changed majors to smooth out any concerns about his multiple undergrad institutions.

In the end Sean did not need to be concerned about the name brand factor of his undergraduate degree. He was admitted to Columbia, Kellogg and Darden, and decided to pursue his MBA at Darden because he preferred the case study academic approach.

Read more Case Studies at http://www.stacyblackman.com/case-studies/
_________________

Interested in a free 30 minute consultation with the Stacy Blackman Team? Sign up here: http://stacyblackman.com/contact

Stacy Blackman | Stacy Blackman Consulting Inc | http://www.StacyBlackman.com | +1 323.934.3936
MBA blogger, US News and Author, The MBA Application Roadmap

SBC Scoop: Unknown Undergraduate Degree   [#permalink] 17 Oct 2011, 12:48
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Experts publish their posts in the topic SBC Scoop: Making The Family Business Work For You StacyBlackman 0 22 Jun 2012, 06:35
Experts publish their posts in the topic SBC Scoop: A Stanford GSB Acceptance StacyBlackman 0 02 Apr 2012, 13:35
Experts publish their posts in the topic SBC SCOOP: LACKING A CURRENT SUPERVISOR RECOMMENDATION StacyBlackman 0 22 Oct 2011, 14:17
Experts publish their posts in the topic SBC SCOOP: HANDLING A CRIMINAL RECORD StacyBlackman 0 24 Sep 2011, 13:51
Experts publish their posts in the topic SBC SCOOP: MBA APPLICATION ROUND 1 OR ROUND 2? StacyBlackman 0 03 Sep 2011, 07:08
Display posts from previous: Sort by

SBC Scoop: Unknown Undergraduate Degree

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.