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Profile Eval - Military Officer

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Joined: 01 Jun 2006
Posts: 183

Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 3

Location: United States
Schools: Haas '15 (M)
GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V40
Profile Eval - Military Officer [#permalink]

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New post 26 Nov 2011, 10:04
GMAT: 750
Undergrad GPA: 3.15 in electrical engineering from Top 10 school
Master's GPA: 4.0 in electrical engineering from UCLA
Current Occupation: military officer (including a deployment to Afghanistan)- consistently ranked #1 or #2 officer throughout my career.
Applying to: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Northwestern, Haas, and UCLA

Post Grad:
1) Fundraising and Community Service Chair for a 600 member junior officer organization.
2) Garnered a community service award and title of Top Junior Officer Council in the Western U.S. for my organization.
3) Also, over the last four years, I've directly raised $25,000 to support military members, families, retirees, and charities in financial aid.
4) I volunteered for two weeks at an orphanage and an HIV/AIDS outreach center in India.
5) I'm also been an alumni interviewer for undergrad admissions for my school for several years.

During College: Heavily involved in ROTC (10-15 hours per week). Ultimately, served as Cadet Commander of my ROTC detachment. Responsible for training junior cadets to become military officers. Also, very involved (~10 hour per week) with a student-run company. Served on the executive board as the Assistant CFO and then the CFO. Company had annual sales of around $1M.

Career Goal: Couple my experience managing defense/aerospace programs and my engineering background to pursue a PM role in high technology at a company such as Google, Apple, etc in the Bay Area.

Primary Concerns:
Low GPA- My undergrad GPA isn't that great. Since then, I have gotten my master's in engineering with a 4.0 GPA. Also, I've built an alternate transcript of 2 accounting classes and an econ class (All A's). Do I need to explain my low GPA in the optional essay?

Kudos [?]: 27 [0], given: 3

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Re: Profile Eval - Military Officer [#permalink]

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New post 27 Nov 2011, 22:10
Hello swbluedevil, thanks for your question.

I agree that your GPA is slightly low, but I certainly think it is surmountable. Was there an extraordinary circumstance that caused your low marks? Did your GPA rise as you progressed through undergrad? If so, you might try to explain these factors in the optional essay. Better yet, it’s probably better to point an analogue that is a better representation of your academic ability and potential. In your case, your 4.0 in EE from UCLA would work well. Moreover, your 750 (assuming your quant score is over 80%) should mitigate potential concerns. Programs really just want to know that you can handle the material, and I think you have that evidence.

So, in short, you might address it in an optional essay, but I would simply say that your 3.15 undergrad GPA is not the best representation of your abilities and point to those other items that are better indicators. No need to have a defensive tone with the essay.

Otherwise, I think your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience, both in and out of the office. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative? With your background, I would think you will have a solid selection of stories that demonstrate this.

Best of luck,

Brian Eng
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