Ms. Sales To Strategy

About Me:

Hi! Genuinely curious if my terrible GPA will allow me to apply to top 25 schools. I tried really hard to do well in the GMAT but not sure if it will be enough. I have a strong background in sales and closed business for a prominent fintech company.


Undergrad School: UCLA

Undergrad Major: Sociology

GPA: 2.9

GMAT: 750

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Acapella and volunteer work

Work History:

Title: Enterprise Sales

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 5 mos

Title: Small Business Sales

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 6 mos

Big Life Wins:

I put myself through college and worked two jobs and took out a lot of loans to do so. I am the youngest person on my team and the only female and was the only person to bring in a deal at my company this quarter.

Post MBA Goal:

I want to get out of sales and move into product and strategy, within the tech world.


Target School: UCLA Anderson

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 25%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi Ms. Sales to Strategy,
    I don’t think your GPA should deter you from applying to the top 25 business schools. This is Debbie Choy, Senior Consultant at mbaMission. The good news is that your strong GMAT score should alleviate the potential concerns AdCom might have about your academic capabilities. Also, were there any circumstances that affected your GPA? If so, I encourage you to share them in the Optional Essay, so that AdCom can take these factors into consideration. I like that you are self-motivated and driven – not many people can juggle two jobs to put themselves through college. Congrats also on your achievements at work! These characteristics of taking initiative and motivation are exactly what business schools are looking for. The key is …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi Ms. Sales to Strategy, I’m Lisa Cummings from Stratus Admissions. You have a lot of positive tidbits in this blurb that make me want to learn more about you and encourage you to pursue a top 25 school. In terms of stats, your GMAT is outside the top end of Anderson’s middle 80% and well above their average. While a solid test score won’t completely mitigate the impact of a lower GPA, it does demonstrate to schools that you have the necessary skills. Your personal story of having paid for school yourself though outside work and loans is compelling and will resonate with adcoms, be sure to highlight that in your application, especially if those outside commitments impacted your GPA. …

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