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Re: s a 2.7 GPA an automatic disqualifier for top schools?

Dear bigeater1, Thanks for your post! The short answer to your question about low GPAs is as follows: 1) A 2.7 GPA clearly puts you at a significant disadvantage at all of the schools you've mentioned. Given that the average GPA at top programs is closer to 3.5, anything that falls below the 3.0 mar...


Columbia Business School ED Application 2010

Dear 2011aspirer, Thanks for your post! The reason you are having this issue is because the Columbia application for ED and regular decision (September 2010 start) is not yet available. Our latest discussions with the CBS adcom indicate that the finalized application and essay topics for this coming...

by Graham

Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:49 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Columbia ED application
Replies: 1
Views: 1362

Dear Adamv30, Thanks for your note. From the information you've provided, I take it that you are going to apply this fall to Smeal (Penn State) and Katz (U. Pitt) so as to start your MBA in the fall of 2010, directly after completing your undergraduate degree. Assuming this is the case, I have a few...

by Graham

Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: Ask Clear Admit
Topic: Lack of Work Experience
Replies: 2
Views: 1893

Wharton 2009-10 Essay Topics Posted

Wharton has released their essay topics for the coming admissions cycle. Essay Topics http://blog.clearadmit.com/2009/06/wharton-university-of-pennsylvania-essay-topics-2009-2010/ Deadlines http://blog.clearadmit.com/2009/06/penn-wharton-deadlines-2009-2010/ In addition to moving the first deadline ...

by Graham

Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:12 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Wharton 2009-10 Essay Topics Posted
Replies: 1
Views: 1658

Dear Maxfwa, Thanks for your post! I have the following thoughts on your situation: 1) You are correct in identifying the GPA as an issue - especially if a 75% at USyd only translates to a 60th percentile in terms of class rank. 2) I should note that as a lawyer-turned-consultant, you will fall into...

by Graham

Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:43 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Profile evaluation
Replies: 2
Views: 1145

Dear jmsells, Thanks for your post! Although individual essay assessments are something that Clear Admit only really does with our clients, I'll chime in with a few basic thoughts to get you started here. [Note: I should state that I don't have the benefit of knowing your full background - in terms ...


Dear EPFL, Thanks for your post! You raise an excellent question, and it's great to see that you are seeking to address a potential weakness in your profile. At the same time, in order to guide you, I'll need the answer to a few questions: 1) Did you pursue any quantitative coursework as an undergra...


Dear ctimpano, Thanks for your post! You should call the Kellogg admissions office and verify, but my understanding is that one cannot apply simultaneously to the two programs. In addition, even if you could, I worry that it would send mixed signals to the adcom about your preferences, goals, etc. F...

by Graham

Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:29 am
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Kellogg 1 and 2 year
Replies: 1
Views: 1151

Dear IAmApplying, Thanks for your post! You raise a question that is the subject of much debate (as well as a fair amount of controversy). At the end of the day, it's really important to think of the MBA admissions process as a highly complex multi-variable equation (with variables like GMAT, GPA, c...

by Graham

Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:15 am
Forum: Ask Clear Admit
Topic: GMAT based on gender/ethnicity
Replies: 1
Views: 5380

Re: profile eval

Dear jxia, Thanks for your post! Please see my comments below: I am planning to apply the following MBA in 2010: Darden, Stern, Cornell, and Tepper. >>Just to be clear, this means you aren't applying until the fall of 2010 (with the intention of starting school in the fall of 2011)? Or did you mean ...

by Graham

Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:59 pm
Forum: Ask Clear Admit
Topic: profile eval
Replies: 1
Views: 1753

Re: MBA Chances

Dear jslachey, Thanks for your post! Please see my comments below: Education: BBA Finance & Accounting, cum laude (3.3 overall but 3.5 in last 60) - GMAT: 710 -VP of Beta Alpha Psi -good volunteer activities -worked 25/hr throughout school to support family. -2 Fortune 200 internships. >>Your GPA of...

by Graham

Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:16 pm
Forum: Ask Clear Admit
Topic: MBA Chances
Replies: 5
Views: 2925

Dear Claures, Thanks for your post! If you are trying to assess the various part-time programs on your list, there are a number of ways you could go about doing so. To guide you, I've posed a few questions that should lead you on the right path: 1) What are your career plans in the short and long-te...

by Graham

Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: What criteria should I use to assess MBA programs?
Replies: 1
Views: 673

Dear Vasaka, Thanks for your post! The short answer to your question is that you should NOT quit your job until after you've applied (and ideally been admitted) to business school. There are many reasons for this: 1) Applying to business school while unemployed raises all kinds of questions in terms...

by Graham

Mon Jun 01, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant
Topic: Planning to quit job and apply for MBA Program
Replies: 2
Views: 6671

Stanford GSB Essay Topic Analysis 2009-10

Stanford Essay Topic Analysis 2009-2010 Following the announcement of Stanford’s deadlines and essay topics, we’d like to take some time to provide guidance on the essays. Essay 1: What matters most to you, and why? The open-ended and somewhat philosophical nature of this question can make it a cha...

by Graham

Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:42 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Stanford GSB Essay Topic Analysis 2009-10
Replies: 0
Views: 2961

Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2009-10

HBS Essay Topic Analysis 2009-2010 For the 2009-2010 admissions season, Harvard Business School applicants will need to respond to a total of four essay questions. While the number of responses candidates must compose remains the same as last year, HBS aspirants now have an additional option. Candi...

by Graham

Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: The Application Process
Topic: Harvard Business School Essay Topic Analysis 2009-10
Replies: 0
Views: 3811