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Profile Evaluation:Low GPA & R3

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New post 02 Dec 2017, 11:27
Would appreciate if you can provide suggestion on my case.

I am a 27 yr old Chinese Female.
GMAT 710(Q50 V35 IR7)

Here are some details about my profile.

Full time work experience:

2 years marketing experience in a healthcare MNC(Fortune 500);
3 years digital marketing & digital media operation experience in a Top digital healthcare company in China;
- Founder & Chief Editor of a digital media on nutrition and well-being,800k+followers, awarded the best nutrition We-media in China;
- Plan digital marketing campaigns to both HCP and patients, mainly on healthcare and public health industry,with Top Tier healthcare MNCs and NGO partners(was promoted to Senior Consultant).


Academics:

Undergraduate:
- Bachelor degree in China,major in Bioscience;GPA 87% (Top 2%)

Postgraduate:
- Master degree in UK(Top 10 UK University),major in Nutrition and Public Health with a horrible GPA:so many C and a little B,even got D at first Mark.
(A-Distinction;B-Merit;C-Pass;D-fail)

Maybe the reason to Low GPA was that I was not adapting to the study and life in UK at a relative young age(19). Unfortunately, I can’t mention this reason in my application as I am thinking about US&EU MBA programs.


Extra-Curricular:

- Chief Organizer of a fund raising activity for orphans,got first prize of Activity Competition at university level
- Volunteer in Oxfam Charity Organization in UK
- Volunteer for blind school and NGOs in China
- National Public Nutritionist(Senior)
- Accomplished several Coursera courses


I know my postgraduate GPA is horrible and will be harmful to my application, but I am quite interested in technology & innovation,my Dream schools are:

- UC Berkeley Haas
(not sure to apply for R2 2018 Aug Intake, or R3 after retaking GMAT,as the average GMAT in Haas is 725. But R3 is quite risky especially for international applicants.)
- INSEAD
(plan to apply for R1 2019 Jan Intake, as I prefer a summer intern)

I am also considering:
- CEIBS(plan to apply for R2 2018 Aug Intake)
- HKUST(plan to apply for R2 2018 Aug Intake)

I am also thinking about retaking GMAT in Feb 2018,trying to get a better score to offset the low postgraduate GPA, for the INSEAD & Haas application. (would it help?)

Would appreciate any advice about school selection and application strategy, thank you!

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Hi there!
Great to hear from you! And thanks for stopping by.

So overall I think you have a nice profile. A good solid GMAT. Good work experience. And it's also great that you have studied already abroad in the UK.

But you do have weaknesses as you know, your GPA and also your GMAT are probably a bit low for the schools you propose, and I would suggest you look into other schools as well.


In terms of when to apply - forget R3. It's very very very challenging and even moreso for Chinese applicants.

And if you are waiting anyhow, then it will make sense for you to give the GMAT another go. Even 20/30 points more can make a real difference.

Good luck!!!
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New post 05 Dec 2017, 05:10
Thank you very much for your advice!

As you mentioned Haas and INSEAD were a kind of "stretch“ schools for me, would you please suggest any "realistic " or "safe” schools in US, if I decide to apply in R2 this year?

Thanks again!


JonAdmissionado wrote:
Hi there!
Great to hear from you! And thanks for stopping by.

So overall I think you have a nice profile. A good solid GMAT. Good work experience. And it's also great that you have studied already abroad in the UK.

But you do have weaknesses as you know, your GPA and also your GMAT are probably a bit low for the schools you propose, and I would suggest you look into other schools as well.


In terms of when to apply - forget R3. It's very very very challenging and even moreso for Chinese applicants.

And if you are waiting anyhow, then it will make sense for you to give the GMAT another go. Even 20/30 points more can make a real difference.

Good luck!!!

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New post 07 Dec 2017, 04:56
Actually I think for INSEAD you are fine. Your GMAT is good, and INSEAD isn't as "GMAT-crazy" as the US schools. Also, you could if you wanted apply for the January Intake in R1 if you wanted (which might be a good idea anyhow, since it is the intake with a summer internship).

For CEIBS and HKUST I think you would have a fighting chance, although deadlines are mighty close, so you would have to get started pretty soon!

For US schools, I think Top 10 are out. But in the 10-30 range you should find several schools that would fit your profile.

Does that clear things up a bit?
I hope so!

And feel free of course to follow up with any other questions you might have?
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New post 09 Dec 2017, 00:26
Thank you so much for your response, it is really helpful!

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New post 09 Dec 2017, 00:36
hey good luck to you

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New post 14 Dec 2017, 03:06
Exactly! Good luck to you!
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