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New post 28 Apr 2020, 20:10
Thank you for reading my profile. Due to COVID-19, some schools have extended their deadlines for R3/R4 to June/July and it's made me think whether it's worth applying now to try to get in versus an infinitely more competitive R1/R2 this Fall. I am a low GPA/ORM applicant which makes me think my chances at T25 are quite small. However the 2.65 uGPA is from the institution I got my degree from. I have near perfect A's from another school I transferred from that would bump up my GPA to 3.0, do adcoms take this into account? My employer also paid for graduate courses I took at a local university that I got A's in. I'm hoping this mitigates the damage I did in a couple of bad years at university. Should I do UCLA extension to mitigate low GPA?

Work experience: 2 years at big pharma, 3 years at Bay area biotech. Analytical chemist developing new separation methods for biomolecules. Promoted once at first company. Then made a jump to another which was a promotion and was promoted again. Each promotion took on new roles in and outside of lab. At my second company I was in charge of optimization of lab operations and outsourcing resources. I was able to streamline operations and bring cost savings for the company.
Extra curriculars: STEM outreach: designing experiments as demonstrations for elementary school students, one-on-one mentoring for college STEM students, held mock interviews for college students. I have been doing this for the last two years. I am currently the co-chair of a STEM outreach program for K-12 students at my company. On a side note, I'm an avid amateur sailor and have won an amateur regional sailing competition.
Undergrad school/major: BS chemistry at Big-10 state school
Other education/coursework: 2 publications, 2 small conference presentations and 1 ACS national conference presentation, 3 classes/9 credits of graduate coursework my previous employer sponsored (all A's).
Race/nationality: SE Asian American
Sex: Male
Age: 30

GMAT Score: 750, 49Q 44V
Undergrad GPA: 2.65

post-MBA: Move to big pharma and work in a project management/business transformation role. Ideally, I'd like to be working with R&D project teams on how to streamline processes, cut costs, and CRO management.
Reach schools: IU-Kelley, Foster, UNC-Kenan Flagler, Duke, Emory
Target schools: Boston University, Boston College, UC-Davis, UC-SD

*This was copied from one of my other posts on a different profile board that didn't get any responses*
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New post 29 Apr 2020, 10:54
Hi mbaratjoni,
Thank you for reposting your profile. I think with the extended deadlines due to COVID-19, it's definitely worth putting in your applications. Although your undergrad GPA is on the low side, your GMAT score is high - and this could alleviate any concerns that the Admissions Committee (AdCom) may have. If there were any circumstances around your GPA, be sure to explain to AdCom in the Optional Essay. To answer your question, yes, taking online courses like the UCLA Extension could also help you build an "alternative transcript" and show AdCom that you've matured and can perform well academically.

As for your work experience, it looks solid. But be sure to explain in your essays why you'd like to move from the technical to the business side. Your extra-curriculars also look robust and demonstrate leadership qualities.

Overall, I think the target schools on your list fit your profile. As for the reach schools, I would consider trimming down that list to perhaps a couple, and really focus your attention on putting together quality applications to meet the deadlines. Best wishes for your MBA journey!

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