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**Assume the economy isn't doing this badly.

So I should have around a 3.35 by the time I'm applying for jobs. Are there any firms out there that won't reject my application automatically due to the low GPA? If such firm exists, how would it be viewed during MBA admissions?

BTW I'm at a very solid target.

Thanks.

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  • m2's picture

    This honestly could be a tough call. You may try getting interviews through your school's and personal network, but I doubt that a _low_ GPA (I'm not from the US so do confirm that 3.4 is indeed low!) will get you interviews in 'good firms' without some little air cover by somebody on the inside.

    There definitely will be 'consulting' firms (reads: non-strategy IT stuff) that will take you, but such job experience will not help you in your applications for top MBAs, and may in fact be detrimental. If you find you cannot get into strategy consulting now, do corporate development kind of jobs and switch to consulting, be it pre or post MBA. Also, I have a friend who did marketing in a top firm (think Unilever etc) who then switched to MBB.

  • m2's picture

    Two additional thoughts:

    1. The economy is doing really bad :)
    2. If you are a low GPA student as you "couldn't be bothered", there's quite a chance that you will just not enjoy consulting. Consulting often is painful work (reads: implement 5th round of Powerpoint markups at 2am, and then lead 10 interviews with middle management next morning who just don't get what you're asking them).

  • Hayek's picture

    What is your major? Economic/litigation consulting firms will likely still look at you if you have a very strong quantitative background (equiv. of a math minor, at the least) and/or research experience (senior thesis or something).

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    SoFreshSoCleanClean's picture

    1. The economy is doing really bad :)
    2. If you are a low GPA student as you "couldn't be bothered", there's quite a chance that you will just not enjoy consulting. Consulting often is painful work (reads: implement 5th round of Powerpoint markups at 2am, and then lead 10 interviews with middle management next morning who just don't get what you're asking them).

    Well I'm not applying for another two years, so hopefully it will be better by then.

    And the gpa is low because I went to a bad high school that didn't prepare students for top schools. Though it seems like a generic excuse, it's the truth. I'm doing much better now (getting straight A's), but the damage from freshman year will always be there.

    Hayek:
    What is your major? Economic/litigation consulting firms will likely still look at you if you have a very strong quantitative background (equiv. of a math minor, at the least) and/or research experience (senior thesis or something).

    Political science and history...

    What would be my chances at MBB with a 3.4 and great ec's?

    Thanks for all the replies by the way. I appreciate the honesty :)

  • ringtailedlemur's picture

    Maybe you could break out Sophomore/Junior GPA separately on your resume. Or include your GPA in your major? If either of those are significantly higher than 3.5, that could help you out a lot.

  • In reply to ringtailedlemur
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