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New post 23 May 2009, 08:13
Hello everyone, so I'm new over here but hoping to get some advice on things I might be able to do to strengthen my application. Here are my stats and some background:

GMAT: 720 (50Q, 38V) 6.0 AWA
GPA: 2.6 (very low, I know) from top 10 undergrad

Work Experience: 3 years at Fortune 500 Transportation company. Manage a team of 20 employees. Manage $7 million budget. Have shown good upward mobility.

EC's: Varsity athlete in college. Part-time work in college. Resident Assistant in college.
Since college: member of alumni group for university that helps communicate with newly admitted students. Volunteer coach at local high school. Continue to compete in sports.

Career Goals: Return to current company. Transition from my operations role to a finance role.

My main concern is my GPA. I understand that it is very low and my goals are top 15-20 MBA programs. More specifically: Duke, Columbia, UNC, Kellogg, and Darden (very preliminary list). Any comments on my chances or advice on what I can do to better my application. Thanks in advance.
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New post 23 May 2009, 08:47
While admission consultants should give you much more comprehensive evaluation of your profile, I would try to give you advice regarding your weak GPA.

You have more than enough time to build alternate transcript. I assume you are in US, so that shouldn't be an issue for you. If I were in US last year I would have done it for certain. Now I regret to some extent for not doing even online courses from UCLA Extension or something like that.

Alternate transcript is an excellent way to show adcoms that you are serious about b-school and that you are ready to overcome your weaknesses or some bad period in the past.

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New post 26 May 2009, 20:48
As pathfinder said, you have time to build up an alternate transcript.

Beyond that, it's a matter of doing the best job you can on the applications themselves (including the interviews). If you do that, you should be within hitting distance of the top programs (Col/Kellogg - stretch or long shot; Duke/Darden - in the mix or stretch; UNC - safety or in the mix).

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