What's the worst GPA you've heard of for getting into schools like Stanford, Kellogg, MIT, etc? Not talking Harvard et al. With great work experience, ~720 GMAT, solid essays, at what point do you think they just say 'no' regardless?
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In the below thread our users shared their thoughts. While some feel that a low GPA can be justified by a great story, ECs, and work experience - others point out that the top business schools are able to be ultra-selective and that there are plenty of people with goods stories and good GPAs.
2.75-2.99 is possible with a good story. However, keep progression in mind. You are more likely to get dinged with a downward progression. Below 2.75 you better hit a 750+ GMAT with an alternative transcript and a good reason.
I hate to burst your bubbles, but a low gpa is not going to do shit for you. you guys need to understand, that most top b schools have median gpas 3.5+. like other have said, if you want to get into uchicago (for instance), you are going to need to fucking kill the gmat (740+ ....which is highly unlikely given your poor academic performance in college, there is some correlation, believe me...and also bear in mind, a 740+ is like 99.5 percentile) and you are going to need very strong work experience, LORs and do a hella convincing to get into such programs. there are way too many strong applicants you are going to compete with who have very prestigious backgrounds. face the reality, your facing a huge uphill battle.
However, User @jaschen27 shared a different opinion in response:
This is false. Low GPAs can be supplemented with high test scores as far as the academic portion of the profile goes. Also, 740+ is not like 99.5 percentile. I'm not sure you understand how percentiles work, and even if did, a 750 is 98th percentile. Obviously, strong grades help your case, but the farther you are from having graduated, the less relevance your GPA has on your admittance. It should be noted that a few of the very top programs tend to accept younger students these days, which may skew the significance of undergrad GPAs for these schools.
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