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What are my chances at top B-schools? Lower GPA. [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 19:42
I am in the early stages of B-school preparation (haven't even taken a GMAT course yet) but I'm curious about my chances for getting into top schools (Top 10).

I've got a BS in physics and MS in MechE, both from UCLA with a 3.5 and 3.6 respectively. 5 years of WE as an engineer at a midsize technology company. I can get a great LoR from my manager and one from his boss as well (I might be able to swing a LoR from our GM or CTO, but it would be weaker than the other two).

My GPA is good but not great. What sort of GMAT score would I need to offset it and be considered at these schools? How do my chances look at Stanford, Haas, etc?

Thanks for the help!
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Re: What are my chances at top B-schools? Lower GPA. [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2012, 20:12
Well let me first welcome you to the GMAT club! Everything you need to know, and find, is available on our website.

A 3.5 and 3.6 respectively is actually much better than you would think, especially for an engineer. It is right at or above average for all Top 10 schools. As far as the GMAT goes, you should definitely shoot for 700+ and preferably 720+. All top 10 schools have average GMATs of 710-730, so you should shoot to atleast be in this range or higher. Something higher will help your profile somewhat, but you just need to make sure to atleast get to that 700 mark.

You should really do some research around the forums, and your desired schools websites to get a feeling for what else a strong applicant brings. GPA, GMAT, and LoR are great to have, but as an applicant you must also bring leadership experience, extra curriculars, stellar essays, solid resume, and great work experience. Right now is a great time to start your journey b/c you can spend a good 3 months or so studying for the GMAT, and be right in time to put together some solid applications for Round 1 applications come next season. Round 1 is the best time to apply, with the best chances, and will give you opportunities to stagger your applications into R1 and R2 if needed.

Take a look at this post: the-bed-wetting-applicant-thread-for-116569.html?fl=menu to see what average stats are at the schools you are considering applying. As far as a study plan, start here: gmat-study-plan-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html?fl=menu

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Re: What are my chances at top B-schools? Lower GPA. [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 02:41
imthewalrus06 wrote:
I am in the early stages of B-school preparation (haven't even taken a GMAT course yet) but I'm curious about my chances for getting into top schools (Top 10).

I've got a BS in physics and MS in MechE, both from UCLA with a 3.5 and 3.6 respectively. 5 years of WE as an engineer at a midsize technology company. I can get a great LoR from my manager and one from his boss as well (I might be able to swing a LoR from our GM or CTO, but it would be weaker than the other two).

My GPA is good but not great. What sort of GMAT score would I need to offset it and be considered at these schools? How do my chances look at Stanford, Haas, etc?

Thanks for the help!


You're in luck. You do not have a low GPA at all. Simply look at the average GPAs for almost all of the top 10 schools and you will see that.
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Re: What are my chances at top B-schools? Lower GPA. [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 10:17
Not only do you NOT have a low GPA,..but a 3.5/3.6 in Physics and Mech E will probably be considered the equivalent of a 4.0 in some other disciplines as far as adcomms are concerned. The difficulty of the degree is heavily factored in. GPA is not your problem.

Judging from your quant background, I'm sure you'll do awesome in the GMAT quant,......what I suggest strongly is that you immediately buy the Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible and go through LSAT logical reasoning excercises. I can gaurantee if you do this,..the critical reasoning portion of the GMAT verbal will be a cakewalk. I took that approach and scored a 45 in the verbal (which is 99th percentile). With that strategy you'd have a great shot at hitting well above 700. Best of luck,..the b-school application process is about a lot more than GPA/GMAT,....but GPA/GMAT is certainly the foundation for a good app. And your foundation has the potential to be REALLY strong. As long as you buckle down there is nothing stopping you from getting top 10.
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Re: What are my chances at top B-schools? Lower GPA. [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2012, 10:37
[ ] low gpa

get a 7+ and you should be good to go.
Re: What are my chances at top B-schools? Lower GPA.   [#permalink] 21 Mar 2012, 10:37
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