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Mr. Low GPA

About Me:

Extrovert Competitive Family man (married w/ 3 kids)


Undergrad School: West Point

Undergrad Major: International Relations

GPA: 2.4

GRE: 323

Age: 31,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Bilingual - Spanish

Work History:

Title: Green Beret

Industry: Government

Company: Army

Length of Employment: 7 yrs, 8 mos

Post MBA Goal:

Would love to work for MBB/ Big 4 consulting firm


Target School: Duke Fuqua

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 43%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 50%

    The way to overcome that low GPA is to play up your personal story and your GRE score. On the latter, you are in good shape with a 323 combined score vs. Duke’s class average of 319. And as to your personal story, uou clearly have a good one, coming from West Point and spending nearly seven years in the service of our country as a Green Beret. But you’ve given us a rather sparse view of yourself here even if you describe yourself as an extrovert. I bet there’s a lot about you that would be quite compelling. Duke’s acceptance rate is 23% From the looks of your profile, it appears you are only applying to Fuqua, perhaps because you are already located there …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 45%

    I think that your GRE will go a ways towards offsetting your low undergraduate GPA, but you’ll still want to address the grades in your optional essay in a way that indicates ownership and responsibility (and, if any personal circumstances affected the GPA, do note them). If possible, I’d also take a couple of supplemental quant courses to demonstrate your academic readiness for the MBA program. The Green Beret is impressive, but I would need to know more about your impact and trajectory in the Army to assess the professional aspect of your profile. Fuqua is known to be a very military-friendly program, but for the same reason I’d also consider Darden, Tuck, and Johnson. Best of luck!

    2 weeks ago

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hey Mr. Low GPA – This is Susan Cera, Director of MBA Admissions Counseling.

    First, thank you for your service! Second, you need to get past the low GPA which is now 8+ years in your past so don’t let it define you (or your persona on Poets & Quants!) Having read applications at Fuqua for nearly a decade, I know that Fuqua values it’s military students. While it is fantastic that your GRE is above the Fuqua average, I feel that a 2.4 will be REALLY difficult to overcome. In fact, I recall needing to make a super compelling case for any candidate I wanted to admit whose GPA was below 3.0.

    You didn’t share much information beyond your stats and your work. It …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 36%

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    Poor GPA.
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  • 65% | 3 weeks ago

    Bilingual Armed Services Very High GRE I believe you have an interesting story and I'm always intrigued by people with Low GPAs because they always have a good reason why. Don't be afraid to tell that story.
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