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Is it worth trying get in with my low gpa?

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Originally posted by jclaker on 01 Sep 2018, 01:27.
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I am applying for the weekend program, specifically the Chicago Business Fellows program. I’ve been working for 3 months and plan on applying when I get a 700+ GMAT score.

Background:

I graduated from Indiana University - Kelley School of Business with a 3.086 gpa (awful, I know). My major was in finance. My gpa started around a 3.45 at the beginning of my sophomore year, and then slowly declined (3.2 at the beginning of senior year). This was largely due to job stress. I denied an offer from a great job due to being given an unofficial offer from another company that was closer to home. This offer never happened and left me in a nervous wreck the whole year. I also had bad habits. I was probably addicted to video games which I used as an escape from things in my life. In high school it started and I never broke the habit until I started working. Related to my birth-father going to prison my sophomore year of highschool, getting adopted my senior year by my stepdad and my last name changing as a result.

I have been in contact with someone from admissions at Booth. I explained my GPA and they said I’d be competitive with a 680 GMAT score. I’ve been getting around 680-710 on my practice tests.

Volunteer work:

I start volunteering at the YMCA next week to tutor kids up to 5th grade. I plan on Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity soon.

Work experience:

Built computers for people to make some extra cash sophomore year.
Intern at a health insurance company for junior year internship.
Currently a financial analyst at a large company in Northwest Indiana.


Questions and Concerns:

Is it even worth applying a year from now with a 700+ GMAT score? Was the admissions person I was in contact with dishonest? What steps should I take next? I have a great work ethic now, a complete 180 from college. Not afraid to work hard to get in. I just want to know if it’s even possible. I appreciate any feedback, thanks!

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I'd say that if you really want to be at Booth, give it a try anyway.

As for the low gpa, the lowest (stated for their class of 2019) is 2.76 so a higher GMAT score might help there.

But, at the end of the day, it is your decision.
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3.0 is not horrible but runs on the lower end of the spectrum. (I think 3.2 is the OK low)

You can search for “low gpa success stories” to see how some folks dealt with their limitations.

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Hi,

Many people got into top schools with low GPA. I would suggest you try to get a higher GMAT score of 720+ to be on the safer side.
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Some great advice here. I’m looking through and people often take a couple of high-level college courses that they struggled with. Any advice here? UCLA seems popular. Is it easy to sign up for a couple classes?

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Hi OP,

https://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-boot ... l#p2109650

Please use the link above to follow all Booth applicants. You can't change your GPA, so focus on what you can control: GMAT, essays, and work experiences. You haven't really outlined much about work experiences (years of experience, promotions, how role has evolved, people management, etc).
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