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Should I even bother applying?

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Hello everyone,
I am posting on multiple university discussions. MIT Sloan is of course one of my dreams. Can this dream turn into reality? Any guidance will be appreciated

First of all, my case may be a bit confusing for a lot of people, and my background story is also very interesting:

So, in the last few days of my high school, I was notified by Universities that I applied to, that I do not fulfill the English language requirements. My high school average was really good and I was going for medical studies. My guidance counselor failed to mention this to me that I require 3 high school english courses (I came to Canada in grade 11 and they did not feel the need to put me in ESL, so I just took grade 11 and 12 english and scored pretty high).

Anyway, I wrote my TOEFL and in the meanwhile, went to a local university that took me in based on exceptional case (but not a very good school). I never wanted to be there so I didn't care much about studies and after my TOEFL score was in, I applied to school in Michigan and got in. But by that time, I had wasted some good amount of time (3 semesters) with below par grades (2.0 GPA)

Once in US, I switched to Engineering and did not do great in the beginning, but then picked it up and made it to Dean's list twice (3.89 once and 3.57 the second time). I believe my last 2 years average is 3.4 although overall is 3.01

After school, I have been working as a Consultant for more than 4 years now (in a multi-national management consulting company - mid sized) and have been consulting for major OEMS in Auto and Aviation industries.

My question is, what will I require in order to get into a top tier MBA school. Is my GPA good enough? With that GPA and about 4+ years of Consulting experience, how much GMAT score will I require? I am assuming something in north of 750?

Some other facts about myself:
- I had to work part time throughout my university to support my expenses
- In my last semester, I was doing part time co-op, took 20 credit hours (including Capstone design project, a research course with PhD students, and a masters class) and scored a 3.4
- I got promoted 3 times in 4 years in my company
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Think about it like this: You miss every shot you don't take.

That being said, if this is your goal, don't let anything stop you from reaching for it.
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Thanks for sharing your profile. The GMAT and GPA are like a balancing act the lower one is the higher the other one should be. So I would certainly recommend at least hitting the GMAT average at Sloan and trying to exceed that prove your aptitude. The GMAT is really used by schools to determine whether you can handle the workload of the program and those who fall beneath these averages have less wiggle room here. So someone like you with a low GPA would be someone with very little wiggle room so shoot to hit or exceed the average. If you can get in that range then go ahead and apply to Sloan. If you need some help shaping your application feel free to reach out to the Veritas Team!
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