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Profile Evaluation: Low GPA, High GMAT, Extenuating Circumstances

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Did fairly poor in undergrad. While in college, was a caretaker to an ailing single parent battling cancer who unfortunately did end up passing away. The death of my parent really did impact me emotionally and physically and as a result my grades suffered.


Nationality
African American (Black)

Gender
Female

Academic
B.A. in Humanities Top 25 Liberal Arts College
Cumulative GPA - 2.7

GMAT
740

Work Experience
Summer Marketing Intern at well-known consumer media company (think Disney, HBO, Spotify)
Associate Product Manager at high-growth, stealth start-up (think ZocDoc, Lyft, Airbnb) for 1.5 years
Associate Product Marketing Manager at top consumer tech company (think Google or Facebook) for 2.0 years (at time of matriculation)

Extracurriculars
Very involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives across all experiences. Leadership roles also abundant.

Target Schools
HBS
Stanford GSB
Dartmouth Tuck
Northwestern
Columbia
UCLA

Chances and thoughts?
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New post 01 Oct 2018, 09:47
Hi FusciaCricket,
Overall your profile is strong. Excellent GMAT, progression in your roles, exposure to a top company and a high-growth startup, strong leadership. Everything looks great. Except GPA which you know of course, but those circumstances do matter, and I'm very sorry to hear about that. You should write about those circumstances in an optional essay. I think that will help mitigate a lot of the concern, as does your GMAT. If you have extra time, I would take a supplemental course before you apply too, and get an A, ideally in a quant-related subject.

Of course you can't erase the GPA, so it could become a bigger issue at a school like HBS or GSB, but I think I'd still give them a shot and like the mix of schools on your list. Have you considered applying through The Consortium? Would fit well with your community leadership.

Best of luck!
Kate


FusciaCricket wrote:
Did fairly poor in undergrad. While in college, was a caretaker to an ailing single parent battling cancer who unfortunately did end up passing away. The death of my parent really did impact me emotionally and physically and as a result my grades suffered.


Nationality
African American (Black)

Gender
Female

Academic
B.A. in Humanities Top 25 Liberal Arts College
Cumulative GPA - 2.7

GMAT
740

Work Experience
Summer Marketing Intern at well-known consumer media company (think Disney, HBO, Spotify)
Associate Product Manager at high-growth, stealth start-up (think ZocDoc, Lyft, Airbnb) for 1.5 years
Associate Product Marketing Manager at top consumer tech company (think Google or Facebook) for 2.0 years (at time of matriculation)

Extracurriculars
Very involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives across all experiences. Leadership roles also abundant.

Target Schools
HBS
Stanford GSB
Dartmouth Tuck
Northwestern
Columbia
UCLA

Chances and thoughts?

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