If you are worried about your transcript, and especially about your freshman year GPA, you are not alone. While it would have been great to have had a 4.0 from your first semester on and have been on top of everything (from volunteer work to community and internships), no one is perfect. Because making the transition from high school to college can be challenging, many students experience difficulties during their first semester or year.
[one_half last=”no”]What will the MBA Admissions Team Think about your GPA?
Maybe high school was so easy that you didn’t learn the study and time management skills you needed in college; maybe you were forced to take some classes that were not really interesting to you; maybe you were more focused on partying and meeting new people than on studying. This is very common, and therefore admissions committees at Harvard, Wharton, Stanford and any other top MBA program will look at your entire transcript, paying attention to trends and behaviors. If you were able to come to your senses and start studying seriously (and hopefully raise your GPA enough to be in the range) the school will feel confident that you are committed to studying.
Maybe you had a difficult semester later in college, due to a medical issue, a family issue, or something else. Life happens; this doesn’t mean that you’ve lost your chance to get into a top MBA program and move on with your dream and career. Write a short paragraph talking about these issues and explain what happened and when. Don’t’ make excuses; share the facts in a mature way. That’s the best you can do.
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