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New post 26 Jan 2017, 10:43
Hi,

I have a question:

1) How would admissions committees at MBA schools view an undergraduate semester where I took less than a part time course load?

There was one semester during my undergraduate studies where I took only one three-credit class, considered less than part time, due to mental-health related reasons. I bounced back quickly that same semester and was able to land and take on 2 internships. Does this make me a weak applicant?

If asked about it, could I spin the situation and say that I took a lighter course load in order to take on 2 internships that gave me real world experience?

What's your take?

Thank You!
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Hi,

I have a question:

1) How would admissions committees at MBA schools view an undergraduate semester where I took less than a part time course load?

There was one semester during my undergraduate studies where I took only one three-credit class, considered less than part time, due to mental-health related reasons. I bounced back quickly that same semester and was able to land and take on 2 internships. Does this make me a weak applicant?

If asked about it, could I spin the situation and say that I took a lighter course load in order to take on 2 internships that gave me real world experience?

What's your take?

Thank You!


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I wouldn't worry about it. It's not even something that warrants an explanation in the essays. Usually the AdComs won't dig into such a close analysis of your courseload as a significant factor.

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Hi there,

I agree with Jon above! This is not a significant factor in your undergraduate track record. Just focus on getting high grades in the classes you do take and graduating with a strong GPA. That will be much more important in an MBA application. Best of luck to you!

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New post 31 Jan 2017, 09:48
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I have a question: Hi @TomBon- I agree - I just would not worry about it. If asked, explain something along the lines of what you did here. But it is highly doubtful that someone is going to probe on that in the interview. Usually people are just seeing your resume for the interview. And I don't see the need to write an optional essay on that.

1) How would admissions committees at MBA schools view an undergraduate semester where I took less than a part time course load?

There was one semester during my undergraduate studies where I took only one three-credit class, considered less than part time, due to mental-health related reasons. I bounced back quickly that same semester and was able to land and take on 2 internships. Does this make me a weak applicant?

If asked about it, could I spin the situation and say that I took a lighter course load in order to take on 2 internships that gave me real world experience?

What's your take?

Thank You!

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This does not feel like a major factor, I think they will notice it and may have questions. So I would not dismiss this out of hand, but schools to review your transcripts so use your judgement if you think this will look odd on your transcript
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New post 02 Feb 2017, 22:18
I wouldn't bring it up unless they explicitly ask. I didn't take a full course load my last few semesters, and took summer classes to make up for it. I also had a part time job throughout the school year and volunteered on campus. Everyone's different.


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