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# Low GPA

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17 Apr 2013, 18:39
Community college/public univ GOA: 3.76
Private Jesuit university Soph-senior: 3.5
Interested in: Columbia, Wharton, Dartmouth, Yale, Cornell, Georgetown, NYU, Fordham

I understand that my GPA is higher than most posts but I am still worried as I feel that it is too low for one of my top choice schools. I have 5+ years work experience and was wondering whether one of you guys could give advice on how to get in one of these schools based on your experiences. I'm still a senior but will be applying to B-Schools next year.
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Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
Schools: Kelley (Indiana) - Class of 2015
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V40
GPA: 3.5
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17 Apr 2013, 19:53
Um... 3.5+ is not low at any B-school. If you can keep it up, your GPA should not be an issue.
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17 Apr 2013, 20:06
What I'm worried about is the fact that I'm applying to top B-schools and am worried at such a low gpa. Most of these schools average gpa's are above mine.
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17 Apr 2013, 20:21
Stats from GMAT Club school profiles:
Wharton: 3.6
Columbia: 3.5
Tuck: 3.5
Yale: 3.55
Johnson: 3.3
Stern: 3.51
McDonough: 3.32
Fordham: 3.39

With a 3.5 in your last three years and a 3.76 in your first year, your GPA is at least average at most of these schools... and even if it is a shade under the statistical average at Wharton, it doesn't mean you're not "average" there either in terms of GPA.
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17 Apr 2013, 20:29
Wow, excellent! Thanks for all of your insight, I really appreciate it! You've helped calm my fears down greatly! Now just the GMAT!
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17 Apr 2013, 20:36
I just noticed that you're going to Kelley, that's also one of the schools I'm applying to. Good job!
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18 Apr 2013, 08:06

However, I would be concerned about your relative lack of work experience. Are you hoping to be admitted with no work experience?
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18 Apr 2013, 09:27
I have 5+ years of work experience. I took a break from school when I was 19 and was employed at Wal-Mart as an assistant store manager. I helped run \$80+ million dollar supercenters for two years before I stepped down to go to Gonzaga University.

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18 Apr 2013, 09:30
I do plan on applying as soon as I graduate. i plan on taking one year off to work, so I wouldn't start until 2015 fall.

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Re: Low GPA   [#permalink] 18 Apr 2013, 09:30
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