I am engineer from Bombay,India. My undergrad GPA is low 2.5. However, I have finished my masters in USA with GPA 3.51 and also published a paper in a highly technical engg. journal. MY GMAT score is 710 (49q, 38v). Also, I have progressed very well in my carrer, from a jr. engg to principal engg in 7 yrs
Do you think in my essays I need to explain low undergrad GPA? Does such low GPA automatically disqualify me from applying at the top schools (Sloas,Hass,Stanford,Tuck,Harvard)? Any amends that I can make now (I am applyinng for Class of 2008)?
You definitely need to address the low GPA, but it doesn't automatically disqualify you. It is certainly a negative factor to overcome, but some of our clients have done so. Your professional progression, grad GPA, and GMAT are your way of showing that the undergrad GPA is not representative.
For more information, please see "MBA Admissions: Applying with low GPA/GMAT
You would also be wise to apply to a few less-competitive schools that still meet your needs.
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