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What's the highest tier of Bizz School that i can aim for given my Unu

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I honestly have no idea how this will hurt my chances, anyone have an idea? :
I'm 27 and not a minority. Went to a state school right out of high school and failed horribly for a few semesters, very low GPA (highest grade B+, lots of F's).
Worked in a restaurant after that , went from bus boy to manager, worked for about 7-8 years. While in the later years of work, went to community college for nine classes, then UNC - Greensboro for 18 more classes.
Those 27 classes after I went back to school were all straight A's, so technically I graduated form UNC-Greensboro with a 4.0 GPA in Economics, which is what employers see and what is on my resume. I assume that any Bizz School will want to see all transcripts from any school I went (it seems to be the case), so there is no hiding the old bad grades.
Since graduating, I've worked in a corp finance job for about a year. Have NOT taken GMAT, I'm in the early process of thinking about an MBA.
Thanks for any thoughts!

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Hi there,

Thanks for your question. You're right in that you'll have to disclose all of your academic history, so this will be all about how you frame your story. The good news? It looks like you learned something since your first couple semesters and that you got yourself back on track. Top MBA programs will want to hear you tell them what changed. That's where a lot of prospective students need help. It's not going to be about making excuses of why your grades were bad, nor will it be about turning your weakness into a strength. It will be about crafting a compelling story around the catalyst for change and how it affected every aspect of your life.

The tier of school all depends on the rigor of your current job, career trajectory (promotions?), leadership capacity, community involvement, and of course the GMAT. Taking a step further, the specific schools you should apply to will largely depend on your goals and what you hope to get out of your MBA experience. Based on what you shared so far, I'd aim for tier 2 schools (outside the top 15) with 1-2 tier 1 stretch goals. If you'd like to chat about how to navigate your journey from here, let us know, we'd love to chat. In the meantime, feel free to take a look at some of our free resources. Best of luck!
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