12/27/17

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!

Comments (14)

12/27/17

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.

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12/27/17

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

12/27/17
Kiyat:

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

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12/28/17

Yes, some schools of that nature.

12/27/17

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

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

12/27/17

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.

12/27/17

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

12/27/17

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

1/5/18
1/5/18

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.

1/5/18

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.

1/30/18

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

1/31/18

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)

1/31/18

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