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2.9 GPA, 720 GMAT; Any Advice?

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2.9 GPA, 720 GMAT; Any Advice?

Post Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:16 pm
Hello All,

Can you please review my profile, and let me know if have a legitimate shot at any of these schools?

Top choice: UCLA Anderson
USC Marshall
UCI Merage
Boston University-Questrom
Georgetown-McDonough

Major: B.S. Economics from state school in California
GPA: 2.9, I have a handful of fails on my transcript but retook them all and received no less than B scores. I did average a 3.5 my last 3 quarters and got on the Deans List.
GMAT: 720

Work Ex: 5+ years working in Aerospace/Heavy Manufacturing ( I barely graduated this past June, but I have been in the industry since I was 17 years old)
Past Ex: Held an internship doing Business Development with NASA's Jet Propulsion's Laboratory during the Summer of 2016.
Current Job Title: Process/Development Engineer
Projects:
-Worked on numerous improvement projects, in which I saved the company over $100,000, while I was a senior in college.
-Was in charge of two departments (Shell Room, Foundry), while still in school and improved productivity and throughput by over 25%.
-Worked on developing new parts, reduced defect/rework rates in old parts, performed internal audits, lead continuous improvement projects with teams of 8-10 people.

Extracurriculars:
-None, school full time and working 30-35 hours a week during school and 40+ hours during the summer.

Volunteering:
-Volunteered for 3 years with the American Red Cross.
-Volunteered for 2 years with The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Autism Society of LA.

Other Accolades:
-Obtained my Six Sigma Black Belt Certification during the summer of my Junior year
-Obtained Project Management Certificate from UCLA extension

Thank you

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Post Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:06 pm
Hey dude,
Well the first and main thing that comes to mind when I read through your profile esp. about your GPA is: WHY? What happened? What are the reasons? Were there any extenuating circumstances?

Because I feel like the rest of your profile is quite nice, and actually you should have a good shot at the schools you mentioned, but with such an academic record the schools are going to want to know, and justifiably so, what happened.

So in your application, it will important for you to weave a convincing narrative that a) gives good reasons for your fails and low GPA b) shows you are capable of academic success through other ways (getting a720 on your GMAT could be one of those ways).

Other than that you are in a good industry and have fantastic volunteer work. So things look pretty good!

I hope this helps dude!
Best,
Jon

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