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Concentration: Accounting, Economics
GPA: 2.4
WE: Accounting (Law)
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New post 07 Aug 2012, 17:54
I am currently a senior majoring in accounting. I have earned a 3.5 in accounting; however, because of my first two years in undergrad I currently have a 2.4 overall GPA. I will graduate in May of 2013.

Luckily, I have been working in the accounting field for two years also I have been a certified paralegal for two years. I will be sitting for the first section of my CPA exam in November, hoping to be completed with all parts and licensed by June of 2013.

I have taken several practice GMAT exams with an average score in the mid-high 600s. I would like to go to a top 25 MBA program; however, I am not sure if my low overall GPA will hinder my chances. If I have a legitimate shot of getting accepted to a top school I will invest in a GMAT study program to boost my score into the 700s.

I would get accepted into a local university program as I stand now. Ideally, I would like to attend a top school.

I am also considering taking another two semesters to earn my finance degree. (I love finance & would like a job in advisory)

Can you please advise me on my chances with the low GPA but with a CPA designation, high GMAT score and work experience to compliment it.


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New post 08 Aug 2012, 18:15

A low GPA is not impossible to overcome, but is not easy. Coupled with a 600 range GMAT, your chances at a top 25 become much lower, as you are already aware. The CPA will help, but not suffice. If you can score 700+, you might have a shot, but only if the other dimensions of your profile are stellar/stand out.

I'm a little confused by your work experience - do you mean to say that you've been working part-time while in undergrad as an accountant? It's unclear to me. Either way, the trouble with accounting work is that it's generally very individual/isolated in nature - you likely aren't working on a team on a day to day basis or leading group projects. I think it'll be difficult to showcase leadership through your professional experience. The same goes for your paralegal experience.

Finally, they'll also take a look at your community and extracurricular activities and leadership. I didn't see any mentioned, so if you don't have any, this will be a big gap in your profile as well...

This may not be what you wanted to hear, but hopefully it gives you a better sense for your next steps. I would say strive for that 700, take a couple years to build up your professional, extracurricular and community leadership profile, and then apply to top programs. Otherwise, if you prefer to apply now, I might advise you to reset your expectations to aim slightly lower at schools like University of Washington, Georgetown, Emory, etc. If you do get that 700+, you can aim slightly higher.

Hope this helps!

Mili Mittal
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