Can I get into Harvard or Stanford MBA

2 years at tier 1 investment banking in NY (Think GS TMT, MS M&A, Evercore, Moelis, PJT)

Now at tier 1 Hedge Fund in NY on the investing side (Think Citadel, Mill, P72, DK, Silverpoint, Anchorage, Renaissance etc) 

Non-target ~3.0+ GPA (I don't like sharing personal stories but as a brief background mother passed away freshman year who was single mother, and I had to support my younger brother financially by working full time while going to school)

Have not taken the GMAT but I will try to get 740+

Expecting good letters of rec from previous employers

EC geared towards my background (first generation college grad)

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HBSorGSB, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the comment. Does it matter if GPA is low if GMAT Is high enough?

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TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I won't say yes or no for sure but recently had two friends who both did banking and PE matriculate into Tuck and Ross respectively. Both didn't have good GPAs but had fire GMAT scores as well as exemplary work experience with one having standout extracurric leadership as well. So from the low GPA standpoint, yes I'd say you can overcome it. FWIW they were both asked about it during their interviews (and I know it's not a super common question for interviewers to ask) and they were able to counter with a cohesive story about how despite their GPA they were able to accomplish xyz and further use their potential MBAs for whatever it is they wanted to do going forward

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Wow this is the most fucking boring career I've ever seen. The money must be good but I'd lowkey slit my wrists

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HBSorGSB, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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