Below average undergrad GPA
#MBA I am in the very beginning of my MBA application journey. I have not started studying for the GMAT or finalized my list of goal schools. However, I do know that my goal is to attend a top 15 school. I am driven and ambitious, and I know I can reach my goal. Obviously, there is nothing I can do about my undergrad GPA, but it falls outside of the middle 80% range for a lot of the schools in the top 15. Is there anything you would suggest doing to level my playing field for these schools besides getting a very high GMAT score? High GMAT score is on the goal list already ;)
- Joe El Rady expert Hello. The first thing you should think about is taking some classes through a reputaasdfjble university extension program (in person or online). Harvard, UCLA, NYU, Berkeley, all run extension programs. Of course, the classes you should take are the ones that you would best prep you for business school. The classes I would recommend: Business Math, Statistics, Business Calculus. Not only would these classes prepare you on a basic level for B-School (as admissions committees and MBA curricula both assume knowledge in these areas upon entry), but they would demonstrate academic quantitative aptitude to the admissions committees. The second thing you should do is begin thinking about the reasons why your GPA was not so stellar. Start outlining some justifiable and defensible reasons as to why your academic performance fell short during college. Then work with an expert to help you write an optional essay about it. The third thing you should do is start building your leadership profiles (at work, in the community etc.). If your achievements and leadership profile are impressive enough, your grades won't matter as much.
- anonymous Thank you!