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Mr. Undergrad GPA Redemption

About Me:

After a rough go in my undergraduate electrical engineering program, I have built good credentials starting with work at NASA and now Deloitte. Additionally, I obtained an MS in Quant Finance from Hopkins with a 3.9 GPA and recently scored a 750 on the GMAT. Do I have any chance at a top 10?


Undergrad School: University of Maryland, College Park

Undergrad Major: Electrical Engineering

GPA: 2.4

GMAT: 750

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: MS Quantitative Finance

School Name: Johns Hopkins University

Extracurriculars: Foundation Board Member, Consulting Community Leadership Member, Church Youth Program Leadership

Work History:

Title: NASA Space Network Engineer

Industry: Engineering

Company: NASA

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 9 mos

Title: Senior Consultant

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

I married just out of college and turned around my work ethic by accomplishing an MS in a difficult program with a strong GPA. We also welcomed our son recently and are heavily involved in a foundation that seeks to help our community.

Post MBA Goal:

Ultimately I would like to either start my own business or lead the foundation I am currently involved with and become a more senior leader at my firm.


Target School: Kellogg

Status: Open

Considering: Yale, Tuck, Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, Duke Fuqua


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 20%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Undergrad GPA Redemption,
    I love a good turnaround story! Congrats too on your newborn! This is Debbie Choy from mbaMission. I think you have a lot of strengths in your profile – it’s fantastic that you went from a 2.4 undergrad GPA to a 3.9 GPA at Johns Hopkins, plus a 750 GMAT. Nice! It also looks like your career is on a solid trajectory at NASA and now Deloitte. Schools are looking for leaders – and you are demonstrating leadership within your community. As you put your app together, one area where I would encourage you to be more specific is your career goals. Starting a business or leading a foundation or becoming a senior leader at Deloitte are three different paths. There’s …

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