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# Low Undergrad GPA Success Stories

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Senior Manager
Joined: 25 Jun 2009
Posts: 289

Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 4

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23 Nov 2009, 15:55
isa wrote:
Not sure if this is "low" or not...

1. Undergrad GPA of 3.1, GPA in majors 3.7/3.8
2. Dinged at HBS (w/o interview), Columbia (w/ interview), MIT (w/o interview), Wharton (interview, WL, then ding)
3. Accepted at Booth, Kellogg, Duke, Tuck

How did you do on your GMAT? I assume your work experience and extra curricular activities were excellent?

Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 4

Current Student
Joined: 05 Aug 2008
Posts: 1263

Kudos [?]: 170 [0], given: 20

Schools: Ross 2012
WE 1: 5 Years at Fortune 50 Company in Manufacturing

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24 Nov 2009, 10:09
burnttwinky wrote:
isa wrote:
Not sure if this is "low" or not...

1. Undergrad GPA of 3.1, GPA in majors 3.7/3.8
2. Dinged at HBS (w/o interview), Columbia (w/ interview), MIT (w/o interview), Wharton (interview, WL, then ding)
3. Accepted at Booth, Kellogg, Duke, Tuck

How did you do on your GMAT? I assume your work experience and extra curricular activities were excellent?

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Senior Manager
Joined: 25 Jun 2009
Posts: 289

Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 4

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24 Nov 2009, 15:59
Wow, that is a very impressive score!

Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 4

Manager
Joined: 05 Dec 2009
Posts: 59

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 10

Schools: Cornell, Haas, USC, Tepper

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07 Dec 2009, 03:48
This gives me hope! I got a 750 on the Gmat and have a similar GPA issue. I have great work experience so it feels great that I could get in as long as I have excellent essays. Yay!

Sleepy wrote:
2.54 GPA from a top Liberal Arts school.
Dings from uh...everywhere except georgetown w/l. I got in off the waitlist.

I got a 750 on the gmat. absolutely necessary if you're applying with a low UG gpa. My essays were kind of weak as well, or I think I would have been more successful. I spoke to the people at Tuck and Columbia and basically they said that because of my GPA I needed to have stellar essays to show them why they needed to ignore my past failure. Since I wasn't able to do that they felt like I just didnt' have good experiences to talk about and might have been a decent enough candidate in a few years, but that I seemed under prepared at present.

With any severe weakness in your application materials the onus is on you to MAKE them ignore it. You may know that you're not the bad risk you were as an 18 year old idiot, but the admissions department has never met you, so you have to show them why they should ignore the evidence that you've been a complete idiot in the past. I have more thoughts on this, but I'm in costa rica and the hotel computer kinda sucks so...

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Senior Manager
Joined: 25 Jun 2009
Posts: 289

Kudos [?]: 200 [0], given: 4

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07 Dec 2009, 14:48
It appears hard enough with a solid GMAT score and a solid gpa to be admitted into a top school.

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Manager
Joined: 20 Dec 2009
Posts: 74

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 13

Location: United States (CA)
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
WE: General Management (Entertainment and Sports)

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20 Dec 2009, 02:56
hi, ~3 gpa

submitting for r2 this year! we'll see what happens

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Current Student
Joined: 17 Sep 2009
Posts: 102

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 1

WE 1: 5- hr

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25 Feb 2010, 03:24
JesseT21 wrote:
I had a 2.8 as well, no Fs but I did have a D. I wrote an essay explaining a lot of personal issues I had gone through in college, and in my interviews I was very honest about how I didn't take education seriously. I ended up getting a 700 on the GMAT after a lot of studying, and I think this was a good way to prove I was now focused on school. I have been accepted to Foster so far, have had several other interviews, and am waiting to hear back from the other schools I have applied to in rd 2.

congratulations... when did you applied for and interviewed with foster?

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Intern
Joined: 14 Dec 2009
Posts: 11

Kudos [?]: [0], given: 0

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25 Feb 2010, 10:11
This is great!

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Current Student
Joined: 17 Sep 2009
Posts: 102

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 1

WE 1: 5- hr

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26 Feb 2010, 00:16
JesseT21 wrote:
westsew wrote:
JesseT21 wrote:
I had a 2.8 as well, no Fs but I did have a D. I wrote an essay explaining a lot of personal issues I had gone through in college, and in my interviews I was very honest about how I didn't take education seriously. I ended up getting a 700 on the GMAT after a lot of studying, and I think this was a good way to prove I was now focused on school. I have been accepted to Foster so far, have had several other interviews, and am waiting to hear back from the other schools I have applied to in rd 2.

congratulations... when did you applied for and interviewed with foster?

I applied at the end of round 2, and interviewed 2 weeks ago. Heard back from them last week.

that's so soon to hear a decision I interviewed with them last week. I applied on the deadline for the 3rd round- jan 15th. I hope I hear them soon. I am really curious...

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Intern
Joined: 15 Sep 2009
Posts: 3

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 0

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26 Feb 2010, 01:27
westsew wrote:
I applied on the deadline for the 3rd round- jan 15th. I hope I hear them soon. I am really curious...

Oh my mistake, it was round 3 for me as well, Jan. 15th. I think it was one week to the day that the person who I interviewed with called me and told me the good news. Good luck!

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Current Student
Joined: 17 Sep 2009
Posts: 102

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 1

WE 1: 5- hr

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26 Feb 2010, 02:14
JesseT21 wrote:
westsew wrote:
I applied on the deadline for the 3rd round- jan 15th. I hope I hear them soon. I am really curious...

Oh my mistake, it was round 3 for me as well, Jan. 15th. I think it was one week to the day that the person who I interviewed with called me and told me the good news. Good luck!

thanks,
good luck to you also

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Current Student
Joined: 10 Nov 2009
Posts: 248

Kudos [?]: 49 [0], given: 11

Schools: Emory 2012
WE 1: 1 yr proprietary trading
WE 2: 2 yrs global ibank in municipal derivatives

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26 Feb 2010, 21:00
I'll add my story too, although I consider it to be more of a work in progress rather than a success story (which is why I didn't post earlier). I have a 2.5 gpa in math from a top 15 school. I had an F or two, and a couple of Ds. I took a very ambitious schedule, but above all decided to focus on online poker rather than my studies. All day, all night, I was playing poker. Skipped class to play poker, missed assignments, etc. The story is awful, and I feel like a jerk telling it. I cleaned up my act, worked at 2 blue chip companies, have done meaningful work, and scored a 780 on my gmat. (As an aside, if you have a low gpa and low gmat, you really better have something very special [e.g. you played professional sports, founded a charity in Africa, or came up with the next facebook] to have a chance at the very top programs)

Anyway, I'm still waiting to hear from CMU (I had an interview and visited and liked it). My other decisions are in the books:

Accepted with scholarship to Emory,
Interviewed and rejected from Booth and Kellogg
Rejected without interview from HBS, Stanford, MIT
Not interviewed, but not officially rejected yet from Duke
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Current Student
Joined: 10 Nov 2009
Posts: 248

Kudos [?]: 49 [0], given: 11

Schools: Emory 2012
WE 1: 1 yr proprietary trading
WE 2: 2 yrs global ibank in municipal derivatives

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27 Feb 2010, 19:42
very impressive lowgpa... please share more if you can. What type of work experience do you have? Are you male or female? What is the best part of your application?
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Manager
Joined: 20 Dec 2009
Posts: 74

Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 13

Location: United States (CA)
Concentration: Marketing, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
WE: General Management (Entertainment and Sports)

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28 Feb 2010, 03:10
very curious as well, lowgpa you must be stellar!

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Manager
Joined: 12 Oct 2010
Posts: 138

Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 4

Location: NY
Schools: LBS(R1), Stern (R1), Ross (R1), Tepper (R1), Johnson (R1), Fuqua (R1)
WE 1: Management Consulting
WE 2: Management Consulting

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12 Oct 2010, 08:02
I have the same issue as all of you I went to a top five engineering school and have a 2.59. I took summer transfer courses in business and have a 3.40 for 15 credits. How will I fair you think if I apply to R1 for schools ranked 6-12 in the US? Thanks!

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Manager
Joined: 24 Aug 2010
Posts: 125

Kudos [?]: 14 [0], given: 0

Schools: CBS Class of 2013

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12 Oct 2010, 09:23
My GPA was always a bit of a concern. Had a 2.9 going into my final semester, so I overloaded on classes and scored a 3.8 and an overall 3.2 from an Ivy. Part of the reason why my GPA was low before my last semester was because I worked 20 hrs/week to pay for school, and because I was overly involved in extra-currics.

Got a 730 GMAT (50 Q, 38 V), and got into CBS '13 September 21st!

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Retired Moderator
Status: Darden Class of 2013
Joined: 28 Jul 2009
Posts: 1834

Kudos [?]: 390 [0], given: 37

Schools: University of Virginia

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12 Oct 2010, 11:14
lowgpa wrote:
I have an undergrad gpa of 2.8 from a large state school and a GMAT of 670. I applied to three schools this year:
1. Wharton-Interviewed
2. Kellogg-Matriculating

I took some extra classes at a local university and have a great resume (promoted three times in three years) that really helped. Low GPA is definitely not the end of your journey, just an obstabcle to overcome.

And I am Indian, so not even a minority, at least as far as B schools are concerned.

Wow, great one. Do share your application strategies!
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Joined: 02 Oct 2010
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Kudos [?]: 33 [0], given: 3

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12 Oct 2010, 13:49
Not a success story yet...

I did not go to school directly after high school and began to work full-time. I started taking night classes at a community college and eventually finished my degree from a somewhat respected state school this summer.

Technically, I have a GPA of 3.4 upon graduation (obviously, not low) and a GPA of 3.1 from the community college (not a big deal). However, since I worked full-time (and didn't care about school at all until the last year), I have a LOT of Withdrawals, D's, and F's. I retook one course 3 times since I got too busy with work to finish it every other time I took it. Hopefully this isn't a killer for me and my GMAT (760) cancels some of it out.

I mentioned my focus on work in my "additional information" section (work actually paid for my college). I had a GPA of 3.8 in my final 10 classes, so that should help. Applying to HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, Yale, and Boston University. We'll see!
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Intern
Joined: 02 Nov 2009
Posts: 37

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 25

Schools: dont know yet

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18 Oct 2010, 00:42
this topic gives me some hope.

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Current Student
Status: Current Student
Joined: 12 Feb 2010
Posts: 441

Kudos [?]: 53 [0], given: 26

Schools: USC Marshall School of Business
WE 1: Software Consulting
WE 2: Government / Healthcare

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18 Oct 2010, 05:42
I would like to become a success story.... I'll report back after I get in to a school.
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