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Will my undergraduate GPA hamper my Chances. [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2010, 23:14
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I am Santhosh.

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W/E:5 years [at time of joining]
GMAT:Yet to take [expect 700-760]
Extracurricular:organised trekking,group tours,conducted events in college.

Now to main part,CGPA:8.1/10 .First class with Distinction from Madras Institute of technology,Anna University.

The school and university are highly rated in India but come below the IITs[Indian Institute of Technology].but it comes within top 10 in country considering there are 6-7 IITS.

I am trying to apply to Elite schools like haas,ross,darden,carnegie melon,cornell,tuck etc.

Do you think it will hamper since i havent got 9/10 or i didnt come from IIT.
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Hi Santhosh,

An MBA application is evaluated through multiple perspectives - academic history, professional experience and extracurricular activities.

In your case, you are within the range in terms of number of years of professional experience, although I would have to know more about your field to analyze your profile in greater detail.

You seem to have some extracurricular activities too, but in college. If you showed more recent ones where you can demonstrate impact, it would help to distinguish your profile better, especially since you belong to a subgroup that is common at MBA programs, i.e. an engineer from India.

Moving on to your main question on academic history, I don't believe that not graduating from IIT will hamper your chances. Your GPA is sufficient as well, considering that it is one of multiple components being assessed for your admission. If there are any doubts about your academic potential, a high GMAT will help mitigate them. From my experience with helping with MBA admissions, I don't think you need to worry on the academic front.

MBA programs look for a well-rounded candidate, which includes strong professional experience, varied activities, a good academic history, as well as the ability to communicate all of that in the application and the interview. Compared to Indian programs, there is a lot more emphasis on soft skills and community involvement. Focus on developing strong essays, obtaining relevant letters of recommendation, having a polished resume, and ensuring you can perform well in the interview. At My MBA Admit, we don't just help our clients with preparing a strong application package, but tutor them in interview practice, business communication and career counseling as well.

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Re: Will my undergraduate GPA hamper my Chances. [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 08:27
Thanks a lot.thanks. answers my question.Forgot to mention I work for a Multinational fortune 500 company ,infact brand leader[say within top 5 software companies],cant mention name. I have got 4 applause awards from my superiors and a promotion from associate Engineer to Engineer in 3 years. I have organised events at office.However i have no international exposure as i work for a product development company where they dont send people abroad.

As you say i will be competing against large number of similar applicants and that too from india alone.will that affect my chances.

what kind of extra curriculars do you suggest that would improve my chances?i am think of working in missionary school for couple of weeks .should i mention that in resume as well.
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Re: Will my undergraduate GPA hamper my Chances. [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 09:18
santosg15 wrote:
Thanks a lot.thanks. answers my question.Forgot to mention I work for a Multinational fortune 500 company ,infact brand leader[say within top 5 software companies],cant mention name. I have got 4 applause awards from my superiors and a promotion from associate Engineer to Engineer in 3 years. I have organised events at office.However i have no international exposure as i work for a product development company where they dont send people abroad.

As you say i will be competing against large number of similar applicants and that too from india alone.will that affect my chances.

what kind of extra curriculars do you suggest that would improve my chances?i am think of working in missionary school for couple of weeks .should i mention that in resume as well.


Hi Santhosh,

Although the brand name of your company will definitely help, it will be more useful to show how you created impact in your position. In your case, the promotions and awards seem proof of that, and will need to be adequately described to ensure the AdCom is aware of their importance.

For activities, although working in a missionary school is a good idea, two weeks is too short to demonstrate sustained impact. I am sure you have other activities, even at work, that could help with this section. This is a great place to be different than others with the same demographic profile, and I would highly recommend that you give enough thought to it. We can set up a consultation to discuss your particular situation in further detail and brainstorm positioning relevant activities.

One of the best ways to set yourself apart, especially in this subgroup, are to demonstrate strong communication skills. From my experience with admissions, Indian engineers frequently show exemplary quantitative skills, but falter in their written and verbal communication. To ensure that you are not one of those, we can help you develop powerful essays tailored to the program and an excellent resume that showcases your achievements. I just received word that one of my prior clients got into her program and according to her, it was our interview practice that cinched the deal: "I got an email yesterday that they are offering me a spot! Thanks again for all your help with interviews. It really paid off :)"

Email us at mbaconsult@mymbaadmit.com to set up a consultation. I look forward to helping you develop an complete application for your target MBA programs.
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Re: Will my undergraduate GPA hamper my Chances. [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 09:26
thanks a lot.i will certainly consider your course .
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Re: Will my undergraduate GPA hamper my Chances. [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2010, 09:32
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thanks a lot.i will certainly consider your course .


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Re: Will my undergraduate GPA hamper my Chances. [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2012, 02:08
I have a similar concern. My GPA is not horrible but also below average for top programs. Here's my profile.

29/m
*3.2/4.0 from a top 30. History Major, Geophysics minor
*Varsity Lacrosse, ROTC
*GRE: 321 (161 V, 160 Q). On the ETS converter that comes to a 680 GMAT

Work Experience : 7 Years Navy SEAL Officer. 5 Deployments to date with combat.
-Leadership in a variety of austere and high profile locations.
-Senior level coordination within DOD
-Task Unit commander in charge of $25M in equipment overseas.
-Consistent high performance in my service record. Ranked #1 of 16 peers (also SEAL Officers) on most recent eval period

Extra Curricular:
-Involved heavily in several charity foundations and recruiting campaigns in support of the SEAL community.
-Visiting speaker to my Alma Mater to speak Athletic Department on leadership and mental toughness.
-Lead food drives at work
-Volunteered at foundation events for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.

Hobbies:
-Reading
-Lacrosse
-Soccer
-Golf

Future goals:
I love the experience of leading people and I have a passion for working within small teams. I also feel as if the driving forces of today's global environment are economic in nature. While I think I could find employment within the private sector by separating from the service now, I am looking for a management role. General Management seems like a great fit and I seek an MBA to cross into the private sector in a position that I think is more fitting. As for the timing, I am coming to the end of my operational leadership time and I am at the point in my career where my experience is both relevant and recent. Personally, I am also looking to provide a lifestyle more conducive to a family as opposed to the continuous deployment
My decision to take the GRE is likely to be a question. I chose to take it because I want to remain competitive for several of the fellowships offered in the service. Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School among others only accepts the GRE. This is purely to keep options open.

Summary: I feel I can articulate my leadership experience and I actively stay in touch with fellow members of my community who are now in business school. I also feel that my essays will have tangible examples of what I think ADCOMs are looking for. I will not be making a move to business school for a few years but I have spent some time getting to know the process. I will likely retake the GRE to get to the 90-92% percentile. Given what I have to work with now though, how do I look for the following schools?

HBS
Wharton
Tuck
Darden
Fuqua
Johnson
Owen
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