MBA Admissions Tip: Dealing with a Low GPA
You want to apply to business school but are worried about your lower-than-ideal GPA. Don’t worry – it’s NOT the end of the world! Explaining a low GPA can be difficult, but it can be done. The first thing you need to do is examine your GPA’s trend. Once you understand this, you’ll have an easier time explaining to the MBA admissions committee what happened.
3 GPA trend scenarios
Interpreting these 3 scenarios
If you’re like the student in Scenario A, then you don’t really have too much to worry about (unless you’re applying to a top MBA program for which a 3.0 GPA is a significant hurdle). Many students early in their college careers have a couple of bad semesters because of immaturity. Your grades went up, proving your capabilities and your increased maturity.
If you’re more like Scenario B’s student, then you may be in more of a bind. You’ve proved your abilities by acing those first few semesters, but why the dramatic downturn? Did things get too difficult for you? Do you have trouble performing under pressure? Or do you just not care about improving and perfecting your academic capabilities?
The problem of mediocrity looms over you if you’re like our Scenario C student. You will need to prove your skill level if you want to be considered for a spot in the next MBA class.
Recovery plans for each scenario
Understanding your unique scenario
Of course many of you will not be like Students A, B, or C. Your grade-dive may have resulted from illness or family crisis or circumstances beyond your control. Or perhaps steady, mediocre grades resulted from your working 20-30 hours per week to support yourself through school. There are many other scenarios too. The key is to prove that today you have the ability to excel in your target MBA programs and that the circumstances that contributed to the poor marks in college no longer affect you.
Moral of the story: A single low number can be explained or put in a less damaging context with hard work and a solid application strategy.
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