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Is 3.6 Undergrad GPA too low?

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For top MBAs such as HBS and GSB, if I get a really high GMAT score, would the low GPA be somehow compensated? My Major GPA is ~3.8 though. My low overall GPA is because due to personal/ health reasons, I missed exams for a intro psy class sophomore and it was too late to audit it, so I failed that class.

Would this be a hindrance?
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Hi there,

In my view, a 3.6 cumulative GPA is not too low (but yes, getting a high GMAT score is always good)! Since it looks like there was one class pulling down your GPA, you can briefly explain that in the Additional Info section of the applications.

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A 3.6 is about avg at most top schools so if that is your score then you are in decent shape when it comes to the GPA. The GMAT and GPA typically work like a balancing act, so the lower one is the higher the other should be to help compensate so approach the GMAT that way as you are targeting your score for schools you are interested in
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For top MBAs such as HBS and GSB, if I get a really high GMAT score, would the low GPA be somehow compensated? My Major GPA is ~3.8 though. My low overall GPA is because due to personal/ health reasons, I missed exams for a intro psy class sophomore and it was too late to audit it, so I failed that class.

Would this be a hindrance?


Well the average is around 3.6-3.7 for those two programs meaning, essentially (obviously not exactly) close to half of admits had below that so I reckon you're safe and sound GPA wise. Now just worry about being an exceptional human outside of the classroom and nail the GMAT.
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bondtradercu wrote:
For top MBAs such as HBS and GSB, if I get a really high GMAT score, would the low GPA be somehow compensated? My Major GPA is ~3.8 though. My low overall GPA is because due to personal/ health reasons, I missed exams for a intro psy class sophomore and it was too late to audit it, so I failed that class.

Would this be a hindrance?


Hi bondtradercu,

Quite frankly, the 3.8 GPA isn't too low, as well :) That said, of course, a high GMAT score will definitely help compensate the GPA and you must definitely aim for the same. You could always address the reason for your low GPA in the Additional/Optional Essay that most MBA applications have and focus on how things have changed since then.

Hope this helps.

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