I completed my Undergrad at UCSC (2000-2004) and graduated with a BA in Business Management Economics. For what it’s worth, I worked 20-25 hours per week while a full-time student. During my time of attendance, students could elect to take courses for Pass/NoPass or for a letter grade. I elected a letter grade for a majority of my courses however, upon review of my transcript, more courses than I had remembered were graded “P”. My cumulative GPA was 3.32 – this is quite lower than I remembered. Several of my ‘P’ evaluations named me an “outstanding student” and I fear the P/NP grading has weighed down my GPA.
That said, I’m working to see if any of the courses can be converted to a letter grade. Note that the school changed its grading policy after my enrollment year so this might be an option. A couple of blemishes on my transcript include a C in both Computer Programming (yr1) and Math Methods for Economists (yr2). I got mostly A’s and some Bs in the remaining courses (Micro and Macro Economics, Marketing, Accounting, Econometrics, Managerial Economics – honors recognition). I TA’d both Microeconomics and Marketing.
Since college I’ve worked my way up in my career and now hold a position of Global Marketing Manager for a major sporting goods company. I am pursing my MBA in an effort to increase my marketability and remain competitive. I hope to attend a Top 10/Top 15 school in 2012.
While I understand that one’s Undergrad GPA is only a fraction of their application and that it can be offset by a high GMAT score (I am taking the GMAT at the end of July – gulp!), work experience, essay, etc., I was curious to hear your thoughts on the importance of GPA and if you had any success stories to share for encouragement… or reality.
Thank you in advance for your reply!
Hi MBAgrlCA and welcome to Admissions Boards!
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Best of luck!
Thank you for the advice!
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