Undergrad GPA Affects Post-MBA Investment Banking Recruiting?

Hi monkeys,

I'm going to enroll in a M7 MBA program (CBS/Kellogg/Sloan/Booth) next August. My post-MBA goal is to join a BB bank as an investment banking associate and I think the best solution is through a summer associate internship.

The problem, though, is that I had a very bad-looking undergrad GPA (roughly 2.7/4.0) although my ranking is fair (roughly 60% in my class). But frankly, the GPA number is EIGHT years ago.

My question is, will my undergrad GPA from eight years ago affect my post-MBA Investment Banking recruitment? If so, how can I remedy that? I don't think I can have any MBA GPA during my summer associate recruitment (in December).

Thanks a lot!

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Comments (20)

Dec 27, 2017

2.7 GPA with what major at what kind of college?

I don't think it will matter either way though since it was so long ago assuming you crush your MBA.

Dec 27, 2017

Thanks for your reply. I went to a top-4 college in China and was major in economics.

Dec 27, 2017
Kiyat:

Thanks for your reply. I went to a top-4 college in China and was major in economics.

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Dec 28, 2017

Yes, some schools of that nature.

Dec 27, 2017

i could be wrong (only really have researched/talked to ppl for MBA consulting recruiting), but as far as ive heard, IB associate interviews are given out pretty freely to those in M7 programs (like the one you're going into).

I'd say you should be fine

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Dec 27, 2017

Thanks. I just have a little concern whether banks will not pass my online application due to my bad undergrad GPA. I think I should spend more time on my networking to remedy that.

Dec 27, 2017

yeah networking will help ALWAYS, but you'll be submitting your app through on campus recruiting, so I wouldn't worry too much about anything other than that

make sure you crush the superday and it should be smooth sailing

if you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful

Dec 27, 2017

Thanks. I still have eight months or so and will make good use to prepare.

Jan 5, 2018

Bump!

Jan 5, 2018

You should be fine for summer associate interviews. I didn't list my undergrad GPA on my resume and only got asked by a couple banks. Especially if you have a decent GMAT (which I assume you would in order to get into M7), you should be fine. I got asked that more than undergrad GPA.

Jan 5, 2018

Same as above. I didn't list it and only a couple banks asked, in the end it didn't matter. If they ask you what your undergrad GPA was, be prepared to answer the follow up question, "Why is it so low?". I always said something along the lines of how I was immature, didn't take it seriously, have grown and learned from it, then spoke about my recent grades and test scores as to how they are a better representation of me today. Making excuses likely won't go over well.

Jan 30, 2018

On a side note, doesn't mba gpa technically not matter for summer associate recruiting? I'm confused bc by the time you submit apps for most places, first semester GPA isn't finalized

Jan 31, 2018

Considering where you got in, I'm going to assume that you tore the GMAT a new ass. That should make up for a lackluster GPA (I'm also going to guess that it was in something difficult like engineering or something without grade inflation e.g. finance)

Jan 31, 2018

Recently went through summer associate recruiting at a top-20 mba program and undergrad gpa/gmat/grad gpa never came up in any of my discussions with bankers. i wouldnt sweat it - especially considering you will be at an m7.

if for some reason someone does ask, i'd have a short line or two prepared to discuss why that was the case, and what you were able to do to help offset it later on (i.e. get a high enough gmat score to get into an m7)

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Jan 31, 2018

"As the question says..."

Jan 31, 2018

I have seen resume books from top MBA schools such as U of Chicago, NYU etc, and quite often, encountered resumes with undergraduate GPA not listed. Some of those did list some kind of awards or scholarship they received though.

I assume it's okay to not put down your undergraduate GPA if you think it wouldn't look good on your resume.

As for the interviewers asking your GPA during interviews, I have no idea. Others who are experienced would comment, I believe.

Jan 31, 2018

But I don't think it matters too much. Like any weakness you have on your resume, be prepared to explain why you didn't get great grades in undergrad and why whatever lead you to get poor grades no longer is relevant.

Jan 31, 2018

If you attend an M7 or a top b-school program, undergrad grades on your resume are not always necessary as solid grades are generally a pre-req to getting into top b-schools.

Jan 31, 2018