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Can a high GMAT overcome a low GPA?

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Can a high GMAT overcome a low GPA? [#permalink] New post 16 May 2012, 05:58
I am planning on applying to MACc programs the end of this year and sadly will have only a 3.0 cumulative GPA. My major GPA will be around a 3.4-3.5, though. I want a good program without pre-reqs like UT or UNC, but do I stand a chance? I have taken into to Financial Accounting and got a B, and I will be taking managerial in the fall.

EDIT- I should also add that I have 1.5 years of full-time WE as a project estimator and some project management in construction. (office not field work mostly)
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Re: Can a high GMAT overcome a low GPA? [#permalink] New post 17 May 2012, 10:29
With a high gmat score it should definitely help you, these tops schools will consider it but you should aim for the the top gmat range at that school. I would get studying, your going to have to do the IR part now. Good luck.
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Re: Can a high GMAT overcome a low GPA? [#permalink] New post 17 May 2012, 14:11
it should help you.
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Re: Can a high GMAT overcome a low GPA? [#permalink] New post 18 May 2012, 07:17
If you are working on an alternate transcipt, which it sounds like you are, make sure to get A's in those classes.

Also, a cum 3.0 isn't awful, and it depends on your major. As you've said, you have a 3.4-5 in your major GPA which will be very good. You can also choose to use the optional essay to address your low GPA in some classes. I would recommend not using that essay as an excuse, but rather as an opportunity to sell yourself and show how those classes and poor grades tought you what it takes to succeed in the academic world and business world.

With a 3.0, it will be important to score well on the GMAT, but ultimately GPA and GMAT are only 2 criteria in an application process that has many criteria. Everyone usually has a weak criteria or 2 or 3, so make sure that you work your hardest to be the best YOU can be in all the other criteria (aka essays, rec letters, GMAT, extra curriculars, leadership, work experience, etc...)

Also, check out our thread on low GPA success stories: low-undergrad-gpa-success-stories-79977.html We've had many low GPA applicants get into top 5, 10, and 20 schools. You could be the next :) good luck!
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Re: Can a high GMAT overcome a low GPA? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2012, 22:10
Definitely. I was a below a 3 GPA and got a decent GMAT score and got into top 5 program. Now working for Big 4 west of the Mississippi and heading onwards to my third year.
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