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Freshman/Sophomore vs. Junior/Senior GPA

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A little background before the question:

I'll be graduating from a Pennsylvania state school in May, and I have big aspirations to pursue an MBA in roughly 3-4 years at a top MBA program. (Marshall, Tepper, Stern, or Goizueta) My CAT (Veritas only for consistency) range is 680-720. I'm hoping that this, paired with solid essays, and potentially the fact that I'm an underrepresented minority will help my chances, and supplement my application in spite of my GPA, especially because it comes from a state school.

My Freshman/Sophomore GPA is abysmal. (2.5) However, my Junior/Senior GPA will be 3.3. Cumulative GPA will be 2.9. Will this severely my chances of acceptance at these schools? Or will I have the ability to cover that will all of the other aspects of my admission applications? Will I have to be outstanding in all other aspects? Thanks in advance!
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A little background before the question:

I'll be graduating from a Pennsylvania state school in May, and I have big aspirations to pursue an MBA in roughly 3-4 years at a top MBA program. (Marshall, Tepper, Stern, or Goizueta) My CAT (Veritas only for consistency) range is 680-720. I'm hoping that this, paired with solid essays, and potentially the fact that I'm an underrepresented minority will help my chances, and supplement my application in spite of my GPA, especially because it comes from a state school.

My Freshman/Sophomore GPA is abysmal. (2.5) However, my Junior/Senior GPA will be 3.3. Cumulative GPA will be 2.9. Will this severely my chances of acceptance at these schools? Or will I have the ability to cover that will all of the other aspects of my admission applications? Will I have to be outstanding in all other aspects? Thanks in advance!


chantzcy:

Looks ok overall, but the GPA is frankly a bit of a concern. Our thoughts:
- Top programs do care about college grades, and a 2.9 will not come across as very favorable. One of the ways to tackle this issue is by getting a very strong GMAT (720+, but not below 700 in any case). You seem to be trending fine on that aspect so far, but aim for the higher end of the spectrum of scores you are achieving.
- You may not need to be outstanding in all aspects, but certainly a strong GMAT score and a good application will be very important. Beyond that, if you can visit the schools, and have leadership experiences to show, that will be a further plus.

Overall, you can certainly make it, but be aware of where you stand and what you need to do. All the best and feel free to come back with further questions as needed.
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