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Do I need to explain a 3.148 GPA for HBS?

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Thoughts? Trend was upward, econ major, good LA school, 740 gmat.

This question applies for HBS and Sloan.

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New post 09 Oct 2014, 20:19
I think it depends on whether you have a legitimate reason for the poor grades. Was there an extenuating circumstance (death, illness, working multiple jobs, etc)? Or were you just busy drinking all through your freshman year?

Not that there is anything wrong with the latter, but if that's the case I don't think trying to spin it would be a good idea. However, if there was a legitimate excuse, I think it can only help to explain why your GPA isn't higher. I've heard from multiple adcoms that if they don't see an explanation of something major like low GPA/GMAT or no recommendation from current employer, they'll start thinking about all the reasons why. At least one of those isn't going to be good and you don't want them to be coming to poor conclusions.
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Thoughts? Trend was upward, econ major, good LA school, 740 gmat.

This question applies for HBS and Sloan.

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Well, a 3.15 gpa is definitely a red flag for a school like HBS and Sloan. Though the schools will analyze your transcript, I think it always pays to play offense and point out a positive trend or other circumstances. Some folks hold down a part time job, some folks are coming from a less challenging public school environment and need to adjust to college, some folks have to deal with mono and other typical college maladies:)

So sure, if there is something to add then spend some time detailing the background. But don't go on and on, and don't moan excessively. Make is short and simple, and ultimately, take responsibility.

I hope that helps!

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I graduated with 3.02. I used the optional essay to explain it. My opinion is that they're going to see it, so don't let them fill in the holes with their own speculation; tell them what happened. Keep it short and upbeat, though, you don't want them to dwell on it. I wrote three sentences to explain it.

However, I haven't received an invite and will probably get rejected on Wednesday, so....

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Just wanted to ask how your experiences went last year. I am in a similar situation this year and was curious.

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You definitely need to explain that. I have worked with folks who have poor GPAs around that but to get an interview, we explained it in the optional essay and made up for the GPA elsewhere.

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I would definitely explain your GPA. Fortunately for you it seems you have some ammunition with a strong GMAT which should help substantiate your aptitude. I would make sure to own whatever issue caused it even if it is immaturity and lean on your performance since as an example of the "real you"
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