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New post 17 Oct 2016, 13:22
Hi everyone. I'm hoping to attend INSEAD for September '17 intake. Fully aware of my sub-average GPA, but trying to stay optimistic.

Here are my stats:

Academics:
GPA: 2.5 (UC Davis)
GMAT: 690

Work Experience:
6 years in Tech
Currently working at Salesforce

Other:
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New post 17 Oct 2016, 21:26
bjy wrote:
Hi everyone. I'm hoping to attend INSEAD for September '17 intake. Fully aware of my sub-average GPA, but trying to stay optimistic.

Here are my stats:

Academics:
GPA: 2.5 (UC Davis)
GMAT: 690

Work Experience:
6 years in Tech
Currently working at Salesforce

Other:
American
English speaking


It really depends on your essays, on how you explain your less-than-stellar GPA and on how you can weave your work/life experiences to prove that you've grown from your mistakes
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New post 17 Oct 2016, 21:51
I don't mean to be a Dream Crusher here but I just wanted to state that it's going to serve you far better to be realistic than optimistic with this process - always think of yourself as the rule and not the exception. I think you need to pull up your GMAT to be a serious competitor there.

If I were you I would applying to other schools for round 2, that are more in line with your GMAT score keep in mind that it needs to be higher than average to compensate for the grades), and apply to round 1 insead for January intake. You would have the round one advantage, time to retake the exam, and the opportunity to do an internship, which I think is actually good because the program is so intense 8 weeks of a break is actually quite needed in my opinion.

Having said all this, we really don't know enough about your profile to make a determination. If there's something about your profile that would add immense diversity to INSEAD, you could pull it off potentially.

If your quant score is a little bit on the low side I would recommend doing MBAmath.com and send the transcripts to INSEAD, along with others.

Of course, you will want to do a great job on the application as well. INSEAD has a lot of essays which indicates that this has a lot of influence on the decision. A good application can work magic in many situations, but wouldn't recommend that as your sole strategy.

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bjy wrote:
Hi everyone. I'm hoping to attend INSEAD for September '17 intake. Fully aware of my sub-average GPA, but trying to stay optimistic.

Here are my stats:

Academics:
GPA: 2.5 (UC Davis)
GMAT: 690

Work Experience:
6 years in Tech
Currently working at Salesforce

Other:
American
English speaking


Hey there

With a software services background and a GPA of 2.5, you should be looking at a higher GMAT score to be more competitive at INSEAD. Would love to know more about your profile, though (leadership experiences, work abroad, ECA) to be able to make a deeper assessment though.
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New post 09 Nov 2016, 00:53
Thanks for sharing.

The combination of relatively lower GPA/GMAT is a concern when your academic potential is evaluated. Seriously consider retaking the GMAT, especially as Americans are one of the more well-represented groups at INSEAD. Thus, you would have to distinguish yourself from other accomplished American candidates. Strong essays would help to some extent, you would have to present unique contributions you can bring to INSEAD.

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