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Higher grad GPA/GMAT make up for my (relatively) lower Ugrad GPA?

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This is my first post, so please bear with me!

Wharton is my top choice, but I've been told my GPA is on the lower end. Here's a basic profile:

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GPA: 3.5 in Biomed Engineering at an Ivy
Grad GPA: 3.8 (I completed a master's BME while doing my undergrad; both degrees took 4-years in total)
GMAT: 770 (50Q, 46V)

Work Experience
College: Internship at a hedge fund during summer before senior year
Post-grad: Consulting at a firm whose clients are in the life sciences and big pharma (will have completed 3 years upon matriculation into MBA)
Entrepreneurship: Worked on a startup after college, but it ultimately didn't work out. On an unrelated project, I'm a co-inventor on a patent.

Volunteer/EC
College: co-founded a club giving STEM education to low-income kids
Post-grad: continued along the same theme by volunteering extensively in STEM tutoring (esp. comp sci). Some other gigs too, but to a lesser extent.

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I'm most interested in applying to the Health Care Management program (is that easier or harder?). I've learned a lot about healthcare over the past couple of years, but I want to further that education.

Thank you! Please let me know how strong this looks. Also, please point out any gmatClub social norms I might have broke. Like I said, I'm new!

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This is my first post, so please bear with me! Welcome to the GMATClub! I'm fairly new here also and so I can appreciate that it takes some time to feel your way around the site! There is so much useful information here! I'm going to speak in general terms what a person with an admissions background would see in your profile below. Will make comments in color below.

Wharton is my top choice, but I've been told my GPA is on the lower end. Here's a basic profile:All schools love to be loved! And so if this is the school that you feel you can honestly say is your top choice- be sure to let them know that along with some specific reasons why. You can do that by going on website- connecting to students informally and then be ready in interviews to explain what you learned and why it fits with your career goals. It is not authentic to do that all over- but still it is wise to look at several programs and go through this process so that when you say a school is your top choice that you have good reasons and research to back it up.

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GPA: 3.5 in Biomed Engineering at an IvyImpressive! Not every school will do this- but when I looked at transcripts I noted that engineering is a difficult major and to me a 3.5 in engineering is still pretty strong- and you do have cache of Ivy league so all this will help when looking at gpa overall. So your 3.5 at Ivy in engineering may compare favorably to someone else's 3.7 in Communications Studies at Anywhere State U... just to make a hypothetical example so as not to offend any school! But my point is you still have many positives embedded in that gpa with prestige and difficulty of major.
Grad GPA: 3.8 (I completed a master's BME while doing my undergrad; both degrees took 4-years in total)Very impressive to get that masters along with undergrad.
GMAT: 770 (50Q, 46V)And your high GMAT does over index so I'd feel great about that.

Work Experience
College: Internship at a hedge fund during summer before senior year
Post-grad: Consulting at a firm whose clients are in the life sciences and big pharma (will have completed 3 years upon matriculation into MBA)
Entrepreneurship: Worked on a startup after college, but it ultimately didn't work out. On an unrelated project, I'm a co-inventor on a patent.Also quite impressive- WE on lighter end but related to healthcare interests and use what you learned from startup in your essays.

Volunteer/EC
College: co-founded a club giving STEM education to low-income kids Wharton asking question now about how you will give back to local community- maybe you can help do this in Philly? Shows some excellent initiative.
Post-grad: continued along the same theme by volunteering extensively in STEM tutoring (esp. comp sci). Some other gigs too, but to a lesser extent.

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I'm most interested in applying to the Health Care Management program (is that easier or harder?). I've learned a lot about healthcare over the past couple of years, but I want to further that education.

Thank you! Please let me know how strong this looks. Also, please point out any gmatClub social norms I might have broke. Like I said, I'm new!
If you do decide to seek any help in the process- we offer a free consult where you can get some insight in more depth on your profile and how you'd be seen by admissions and also connect you to a counselor with experience on a particular school- and we have Wharton experts- and we do offer a range of services even hourly if you want to go that route. If so- look at website below to get link to our site and free consult. Regardless- I applaud you on your first post and hope I've given you some reassurance that you have a lot to offer- you just need to tell the story well, present yourself confidently and do your research! Best wishes to you and welcome to GMAT Club!
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Thank you so much for your thorough comments! I greatly appreciate your putting the GPA in perspective, and I think you gave excellent advice regarding possible essay topics I could write about. I'll be sure to keep it in mind as I move forward.

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Thanks for sharing.

Your background and experiences can be leveraged into a competitive application. It would be important to show your fit with Wharton. Demonstrating your interest through your knowledge of the school's specific strengths and culture, how they fit with your post-MBA goals, and what you can bring to the school community would be essential.

Even your experience with a start-up that didn't work out can be an interesting learning experience to share, while being a co-inventor on a patent could also be used to show your passion and perseverance.

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Will Involvement in a Failed Company Hurt Your Chances of Being Accepted to Business School?

Ideally, business school applicants would all be able to fill their admissions essays with great work stories showcasing contributions to their company’s success. Creating breakthrough products, transforming the company through original innovations, leading entry into a new market, generating record profits, and other similar accomplishments would all look great on an MBA application.

In reality, however, work circumstances and probabilities do not always play out perfectly – products can miss, campaigns can fail, companies can collapse, civil wars can break out, and global economic crises can ensue no matter how brilliant and dedicated an employee or entrepreneur is.

How, then, does an MBA applicant who went through these failures present himself or herself to be qualified for an MBA? Or how can a seemingly “ordinary” applicant elevate himself or herself from the pool of other applicants who may have more impressive success stories to tell? If this sounds like your predicament, showcase these three attributes to really make your application stand out:

Big-Picture Lessons
Recessions, industry down-cycles, and political crises can all contribute greatly to the failure of a company. However, there is a silver lining – not only do these circumstances provide the environmental context that removes blame from the applicant, but they also offer an interesting backdrop to highlight learning experiences that would make for rich classroom discussions.

If you experienced a business failure due to reasons like this, identifying the major lessons you learned will help display a high-level awareness of world events and their business impact, a quality that can be used to strengthen future leadership potential. At the company level, witnessing the impact of lost profits and jobs can provide you with firsthand experience of its effect on employee morale, corporate culture, and the real human concerns affected by difficult business decisions.

Personal Skills Gained

When struggling companies are forced to cut costs, this often results in the remaining employees handling more tasks, putting in more hours, and taking on bigger responsibilities, and all amidst a tense work environment. As such, employees lower on the corporate ladder may be able to have more involvement in reevaluating the whole business model, product lines, or distribution channels, and become part of the decision as to whether their firm should pull-out or stay in the market.

This accelerated exposure – usually reserved for very senior levels – can be a very difficult experience, however it can also be a good source of learning and growth in terms of skills, knowledge, and maturity. Explaining your business’ failure by showcasing the skills you gained from it can show the admissions committee that you know how to make the most of a difficult position and learn from your work environment.

Character Displayed
A family business may fail at an heir’s turn or a start-up may fall victim to a recession, but these “failures” may also be an opportunity to highlight character traits such as resilience and resourcefulness. Creating new opportunities or adjusting to a totally new environment will show adaptability and determination, which are strong qualities for a future global leader that admissions committees will pick up on. Even if the failed enterprise is directly attributable to you, displaying the honest self-awareness and accountability to identify areas for personal development – including how a particular MBA program will help correct these flaws – can create a compelling and authentic application that will help you stand out as a candidate.

So, will your involvement in a failed business completely ruin your chances of admission to business school? No! Explain the failure of the venture through the aforementioned traits, and the admissions committee will be able to see how a bad situation led to the development of a great MBA candidate.
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