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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard View Post
Bear in mind that "grades" is just a shorthand term for many things about one's transcript, and should not be simplified to raw GPA alone. "Transcript" is the more appropriate word, because it encompasses:

- GPA

- Areas of focus and subject matter of major

- Sufficiency of preparation in key areas (quant, finance, accounting, etc.)

- Degree of intellectual difficulty of program
* A 4.0 in art history won't be given preference over a 3.6 in a more quantitatively rigorous subject, for instance
* A transcript littered with guts and other GPA-boosters, especially at the expense of more rigorous material, will be a red flag

- Prestige and difficulty of the undergraduate institution itself

Because all of these things go into the mix, it's too simple and incorrect to say that GPA is GPA is GPA.

The depends what you're story is. If you did a political science degree because you were passionate about public policy, got a 3.9, went to work for government for a few years then transferred to business and now want to apply for an MBA, and you communicate that to adcoms, they're not automatically going to give the nod to some kid with a 3.2 in nuclear physics over you or ask you where all your quant classes are.

Adcoms care a lot more about seeing a realistic career trajectory/story in your SOP than they do about seeing that you took a bunch of finance/stats/quant classes.
post #47 of 48
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Was this your experience?
Yes. I've also talked to admission staff. While schools obviously differ and I can't say for certain all schools do adjust, some schools show similar sentiment. Example: Canada: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/informat...ca/canada.aspx To be considered for a place on a postgraduate programme we require a bachelor's degree with average marks of 77% overall (on 0-100 scale), 3.3 (on a 4.0 GPA scale), 7.0 (on a 9.0 GPA system), 3.6 (on 4.3 scale) or 9 (on 0-12 scale) or a lettered grade of B+ overall. Whilst the types of degree awarded vary between Provinces, the degree titles we require are; Bachelor's degree (four years study), Bachelor's degree with Honours, Baccalaureat de type Honours, Professional Doctorate, or Grades Professionelles. A Canadian Master's or Maitrise is suitable for entry to research degree. USA: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/informat...erica/usa.aspx To be considered for admission to the Graduate School we require a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5 on a 4 point scale, or 4.3 on a 5 point scale or 85% overall. For LSE, the undergrad entrance difference is greater as Canadian's don't need AP or any advanced classes. edit: By no means am I saying a Canadian undergrad gives you an advantage. The admissions staff are smart, know there is a difference in grades and account for it.
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Thank you. I did notice the difference. UBC grad here

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Originally Posted by Viktri View Post
Yes. I've also talked to admission staff. While schools obviously differ and I can't say for certain all schools do adjust, some schools show similar sentiment.

Example:

Canada:

http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/informat...ca/canada.aspx

To be considered for a place on a postgraduate programme we require a bachelor's degree with average marks of 77% overall (on 0-100 scale), 3.3 (on a 4.0 GPA scale), 7.0 (on a 9.0 GPA system), 3.6 (on 4.3 scale) or 9 (on 0-12 scale) or a lettered grade of B+ overall. Whilst the types of degree awarded vary between Provinces, the degree titles we require are; Bachelor's degree (four years study), Bachelor's degree with Honours, Baccalaureat de type Honours, Professional Doctorate, or Grades Professionelles. A Canadian Master's or Maitrise is suitable for entry to research degree.

USA:

http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/informat...erica/usa.aspx

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School we require a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.5 on a 4 point scale, or 4.3 on a 5 point scale or 85% overall.

For LSE, the undergrad entrance difference is greater as Canadian's don't need AP or any advanced classes.

edit: By no means am I saying a Canadian undergrad gives you an advantage. The admissions staff are smart, know there is a difference in grades and account for it.
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