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New post 24 Jan 2016, 15:06
Hi,

My name is Andrew and I am hoping you can give me feedback on my profile as I make the decision to pursue an MBA. My biggest question is whether or not I would be able to make up for the Low GPA and average GMAT with unique Military experiences. Or, are the academic factors too debilitating?

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Age: 28
Nationality: caucasian male
GPA: 2.69 in International Studies ( no pattern here, grades all over the place). I had no focus or motivation until I joined the military. Once I joined, I have been one of the top performers across the entire Army.
GMAT: 690
WE: After graduating college, I commissioned in the Army. The Army provided me with the motivation and direction I lacked in college. I am a 4 year Military Officer in Special Operations. Top 1% Officer in every position held, distinguished graduate in every military school I have attended in my career, and I was hand selected to serve in a unique Special Operations unit reserved for only 12 Officers in the entire Army.

Target schools: Top 10

I was wondering if I could have any chances in top 10 MBA programs with my low GPA.
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New post 25 Jan 2016, 19:53
Hi there,

It sounds like you've done an honest self-assessment and know your strengths and weaknesses... it's true that it could be tough to overcome that GPA. Especially for the top 5-8, but potentially for all the top 10... things that can help include an even higher GMAT if you're considering re-taking, and taking a course or two in a relevant area and getting A's.... then of course, stellar essays, recommendations, interview etc. Your best chances will be outside the top 10 but you could aim for a reach option and see what happens! And while not every school may accommodate, you can always reach out to admissions and see if you can visit or schedule an appointment with an admissions officer, especially in the off season, and ask some q's and chat about your situation and see if you get any off the cuff advice at all. Good luck to you!
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