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.