Hello jackel414, thanks for your question.
My knowledge of the Toronto programs is not as deep as of US programs. Can you refresh my memory on what the GMAT and GPA averages are for those schools?
Typically, for top US programs, a 700 is the target, with at least 80% for verbal and quantitative sections. How close are your individual scores to 80%? Your GPA is on the low side, so my fear is that you’d be applying with two challenges to overcome. In that case, to have a shot at Haas, Anderson, and Kellogg, you might have to raise your GMAT to those target levels, so you’re only dealing with the GPA challenge. On that note, do you have a mitigating circumstance that explains the 2.75? If so, I encourage you to write an optional essay that explains the situation or, even better, puts forth another reference point that better represents your academic aptitude and potential.
You might look to your work and extracurricular experience to differentiate yourself. If you can represent yourself as a dynamic leader – one who takes initiative, solves problems, and drives results – you can potentially overcome the GPA challenge.
I hope this helps.
Best of luck!
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