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Can I shoot for top schools?

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Hi all,

What GMAT score if any would I need to get to give me a chance at a school like Stanford, Harvard or Wharton? I have a very low GPA in comparison to their undergraduate averages. Here is my profile -

University attended: UCONN
Major(s): Physiology & Neurobiology
GPA / Honours: 2.7
Nationality: Caucasian
Gender: M
Work Experience:
-4 years at a biotech company (8 years including working through undergrad) promoted three times and am currently now a PM bringing a drug to market.
-Founded two companies by myself that generate a total of over 500k/year (my form of a hobby after work)
-Consulted for UCONN, launched an open education program, awarded 90k for a pilot program
Undergraduate: held office in undergrad student goverment, president of a fraternity, president of two clubs, involved in research
Other: Eagle Scout if that helps me


Why the 2.7? I had two heart surgeries in my undergrad. I troopered through when I probably should have taken a year or two off. My GPA trend parallels this. I am going to be writing my essay about this experience and my goal would be to run a biotechnology company around biometric montoring around the conditions.

Freshman Year: 3.9
Sophmore Year: 2.8
Junior Year: 1.9
Senior: 3.2

I am not a very good standardized test taker but know I can get at least a decent score if I commit to studying and practicing for a few months but I'm worried that if I can only get to a decent score (600s) and not a high-top score (700+) that my GPA will be a nail in the coffin.
I appreciate any suggestions!
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cr1010 wrote:
Hi all,

What GMAT score if any would I need to get to give me a chance at a school like Stanford, Harvard or Wharton? I have a very low GPA in comparison to their undergraduate averages. Here is my profile -

University attended: UCONN
Major(s): Physiology & Neurobiology
GPA / Honours: 2.7
Nationality: Caucasian
Gender: M
Work Experience:
-4 years at a biotech company (8 years including working through undergrad) promoted three times and am currently now a PM bringing a drug to market.
-Founded two companies by myself that generate a total of over 500k/year (my form of a hobby after work)
-Consulted for UCONN, launched an open education program, awarded 90k for a pilot program
Undergraduate: held office in undergrad student goverment, president of a fraternity, president of two clubs, involved in research
Other: Eagle Scout if that helps me


Why the 2.7? I had two heart surgeries in my undergrad. I troopered through when I probably should have taken a year or two off. My GPA trend parallels this. I am going to be writing my essay about this experience and my goal would be to run a biotechnology company around biometric montoring around the conditions.

Freshman Year: 3.9
Sophmore Year: 2.8
Junior Year: 1.9
Senior: 3.2

I am not a very good standardized test taker but know I can get at least a decent score if I commit to studying and practicing for a few months but I'm worried that if I can only get to a decent score (600s) and not a high-top score (700+) that my GPA will be a nail in the coffin.
I appreciate any suggestions!


That GPA kind of “calls for” a high GMAT score in order to balance it out, but the GMAT score is really only one piece of the puzzle, so to speak, so it’s really hard to say where you stand without knowing more about you (I know you provided some information here, but it’s not enough for me to be able to give you a thorough profile evaluation, I am afraid).

I will say, however, that ARINGO, the company I work for, has helped clients with low GMAT scores get in to all the schools mentioned, you can see some examples here:
https://aringo.com/aringo-top-mba-gmat-results/
By clicking on the name of the school you are interested in.

So it is possible to get in to the schools you mentioned even with a low GMAT score, but you will be facing a bit of an uphill battle due to that GPA.

What I would like to offer you, though, is a more thorough profile evaluation, that the ARINGO team can provide for you if you contact us here:
https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/
But please remember to fill in as many details as possible about your work and extra curriculars when you contact us, as well as list any measurable and tangible achievements there, as that can make a big difference.

A more thorough profile evaluation would give you a better understanding of where you stand now, if any schools should be ruled out at this point and what realistic expectations for you are etc.
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New post 10 Jul 2018, 10:49
Following. We have very similar profiles! Would you like to chat and swap advice?

cr1010 wrote:
Hi all,

What GMAT score if any would I need to get to give me a chance at a school like Stanford, Harvard or Wharton? I have a very low GPA in comparison to their undergraduate averages. Here is my profile -

University attended: UCONN
Major(s): Physiology & Neurobiology
GPA / Honours: 2.7
Nationality: Caucasian
Gender: M
Work Experience:
-4 years at a biotech company (8 years including working through undergrad) promoted three times and am currently now a PM bringing a drug to market.
-Founded two companies by myself that generate a total of over 500k/year (my form of a hobby after work)
-Consulted for UCONN, launched an open education program, awarded 90k for a pilot program
Undergraduate: held office in undergrad student goverment, president of a fraternity, president of two clubs, involved in research
Other: Eagle Scout if that helps me


Why the 2.7? I had two heart surgeries in my undergrad. I troopered through when I probably should have taken a year or two off. My GPA trend parallels this. I am going to be writing my essay about this experience and my goal would be to run a biotechnology company around biometric montoring around the conditions.

Freshman Year: 3.9
Sophmore Year: 2.8
Junior Year: 1.9
Senior: 3.2

I am not a very good standardized test taker but know I can get at least a decent score if I commit to studying and practicing for a few months but I'm worried that if I can only get to a decent score (600s) and not a high-top score (700+) that my GPA will be a nail in the coffin.
I appreciate any suggestions!
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New post 14 Jul 2018, 20:02
Hi cr1010,

You seem to have a strong explanation for your low GPA and a trend to support that. However, if the GPA didn’t work out for some reasons, you should ideally give some other evidence of your proficiency in academic stuff, and GMAT is that opportunity. When you’re explaining your low GPA in the optional essay, you can always say: Look at my GMAT (if it’s good). It’s a better reflection of my academic abilities.

However, without a good score, there is little to hide behind.

Your profile seems differentiated and interesting, but a GMAT score close to the median would do a world of good for your candidacy.
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