We have so much sympathy for you BSers. You’re out there, trying to navigate this complicated process, and there’s so much advice tossed about. Despite how self serving it is for us to write posts like this, we feel compelled to do so when we are faced with so many instances of blatant incompetence in this industry.
Following a full (and unfortunately, fairly pessimistic) assessment of a BSer’s academic history through our Overcoming Bad Grades App Accelerator we got this in a follow-up comment:
To be honest, your review for my grades got me thinking a lot, as I have not received any negative feedback till date from anyone on my profile. Even the consultant I worked with for Tuck was very confident about my chances, even though they had reviewed my transcripts. Anyway, that is all in the past.
It’s a real shame that your previous consultant did not steer you in the right direction on these issues. We hear of similar problems from our colleagues in this industry all the time and it’s so sad when it’s guys like you who are the ones to suffer from it. 🙁
This BSer’s grades in college were not just borderline, they were really quite low. It’s possible that you could look at a final mark or CGPA number and not recognize how poor the performance was. We’ve made that mistake at times.
It also takes A LOT of experience to know how to evaluate foreign transcripts. It’s one of the hardest things to learn in this field. If your admissions consultant does not have extensive experience in doing this, through working with dozens and dozens of other candidates, then you’re at a disadvantage.
If you’re an American applicant, then presumably any American consultant will be able to handle this if they’ve been doing consulting for a reasonable time. However, not every American consultant can work their way around an international transcript, as this BSer discovered — but only after spending a full admissions round with that consultant, and getting zero results with them.
Overlooking or misunderstanding a weakness like this is understandable, but it is not excusable.
Same thing happens with U.S. military applicants, by the way. That profile type used to be a shoo-in for admission; a candidate transitioning from the service was so unusual and sought-after that even with some real weaknesses on the application, it would not be difficult to get an admit to a very good school. That means that pretty much any admissions consultant could have success with that profile — because that profile would make it in anyway. These days? It’s a different landscape.
If the consultant you’re considering does not have a track record of success helping people like you position their apps for the win at the schools that you are targeting then we would suggest they may not be the right fit.
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