Its no secert guys I have a sub 3.0 gpa but looking to apply to b school. Which top programs do you know of that have accepted people with sub 3.0?
I am looking at Texas and Rice and know two people who go there now with sub 3.0 so all good there. However, what other programs are open to low GPA?
I heard stories of a NW student with a 2.4 and a Cornell student with 2.6.. any others? Any from Booth? Wharton?
Can I Get Into An MBA Program with a Bad GPA?
Yes - you can get into an MBA program with a GPA that is below 3.0 but you will need to be conscious of the fact that you need a good story, a great GMAT score, or be willing to go to a lower tier school than the Harvard, Stanford, and Whartons of the world. Our users shared their experiences below.
Got into Columbia and Chicago (and Wharton interview) with a 2.9 UG GPA.
Now, as every school says, they take everything into account
- I am military, which is almost like being a minority
- My undergrad was in engineering, so that is like a 3.0+ in some of the easier majors
- I have a masters in engineering, and its a 4.0 GPA
- My GMAT is 95th percentile
So, you can get into top schools with a low GPA, but you have to have great essays, work experience, ECs, and interview very well.
Stanford and HBS admit plenty of people with sub 3.0s. However, to do so you must go far beyond showing you are capable of performing academically. You need to have a compelling story which makes them think they have to have you. Both schools value GPA, so really show your true self in your application so that they can see what is special about you, whether it is your past or your future. If you are amazing they will blink at the GPA.
Some other users shared more anecdotal advice:
Good friend of mine also was accepted at Columbia with a 2.8 but he had a very high GMAT as well (740 if I recall)
I got an interview with Booth and scholarships to Emory and CMU with a 2.5.
2.7 undergrad 700 GMAT (48q 38V 6awa, so the infamous 80 80 split was achieved at bare minimum ) good work experience and ECs -- i think the biggest limiting device to the bad gpa is that it usually is coupled with bad work experience. If you can be one of the guys who manages a good job or work on some other things with a bad undergrad GPA you can easily turn things around imho. I got into UT and waitlisted at Columbia despite Columbia being notorious for autodinging for low gpa -- and that was non ED.
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