Forum: School selection (4 Comments)

Profile Evaluation:Extremely Low Undergrad GPA

  • Posted by - angel123 - on 2 September 2014 - 7:43am

    Hello Thomas,

    I am very tensed about my undergraduate GPA. I really need your help.
    I am have been a very good student previously and have proved my leadership skills at work, but my GPA still bothers me.

    Here are some insights of my profile:

    • Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science 57.8%
    o Awarded AICTE- All India Council for Technical Education Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme, national scholarship
    o Ranked 59th State level at Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET) ~ 0.02 percentile
    o Team member for organising a National-Level College Event
    o Held and attended technical and non-technical workshops

    • Higher Secondary School, 81.17%
    o First Rank Holder for Science Stream for two consecutive years
    o Awarded Best Student of the Year in Science Stream

    Work Experience

    • Construction Systems Engineer, Technip, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates : 2yrs
    • Trainee - Construction Engineer, Technip, Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates : 3months
    • Business Development and Marketing Intern, Phoenix Business Solutions : 1 month

    I have demonstrated community leadership

    o Volunteer, VolunteerinUAE (October, 2012 - Present) :
     Received an Award of Appreciation for outstanding contribution to the community
    o Fundraiser, OperationSmile UAE (March, 2014 - Present) :
     Raised ~ 50K AED at the International book sale
    o Online Volunteer, United Nations (June, 2014 - July, 2014)
     Wrote articles for Urunji Child-Care Trust for its website on Child Protection
    o Humanity Blogger (>10K views)

    And won some awards for public speaking

    I am planning to apply for mim program of ESSEC business school.
    I will be answering my GMAT this month and based on my mocks, I feel I will achieve a 700.

    I want to know if I should try? Or is it very low GPA for this MIM program ?
    Please evaluate my profile for the above program and also provide some useful suggestions

    • Posted by - angel123 - on 6 September 2014 - 6:14pm


      Thanks a lot for your help.

      • Posted by - DG - on 2 December 2014 - 5:55pm

        Hay there ....
        i am commerce student from Calcutta University - Kolkata
        I am on the same boat as you are ... low GPA as constant with my University ....
        could you share anything more that you Know....... or what are your plans..did you give your GMAT.. how you are going about etc.

        Snehasish Dasgupta

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 3 September 2014 - 2:32pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your message. First of all, I strongly recommend you to read my MIM eBook carefully. It will take you some hours of concentrated work but it will help you to re-think about Masters in Management and your application process throroughly - whether you apply for the ESSEC MIM or at any other business school.

      Next, many quality schools (and you will read in my eBook what I mean with "quality" and how you identify them) have strong expectations on prior academic achievements, and some of them also on the GMAT score. There is a second group of quality schools, however, that relaxes the prior academic achievements condition a bit and looks at the cv as a whole.

      For the first group, you probably have no chance to get in. For the second, you will have - particularly if you achieve an above average GMAT score - I suggest 650 or more (mock exams often are misleading as they may give you higher scores than the real GMAT exam).

      Now, after reading my eBook and after understanding and internalizing my methodology to find MIM programs (as outlined in the book) you may want to apply at one or two schools more than at ESSEC only.

      The question remains how much ESSEC emphasizes the academic grade - and I guess that your grade may be too weak for them, given that the ESSEC is a Grand Ecoles in France (check Wikipedia to learn what this is). If ESSEC is very important for you I suggest that you contact them (phone or email) and openly ask them. Say that you are very interested in their program but that you have doubts because of your GPA. Then attach your CV and ask them politely for a pre-check.

      Again: Read my eBook CAREFULLY and think about it for some days.

      Best wishes

      By Thomas Graf
      Owner MIM Compass
      Author of the MIM eBook