Low GPA: Is it "Game Over" or "Game On" for MBA Applicants?
At the end of the day, undergrad performance is important for MBA, but isn’t the be all and end all. Whilst it can feel like the end of the world (momentarily at least) if you have low GPA MBA, it definitely doesn’t mean that your chances of MBA admission is over.
When we do badly at something, the first thing we should do is analyse the reasons why we did badly. If a basketball team loses a big game they were expected to win, they get together and root out the chief causes behind their failure. So if you score a low GPA MBA, you need to identify exactly why.
The problem is that getting onto an MBA with low GPA can be detrimental, because admissions teams want to see good undergrad performance. Indeed, they believe that your undergrad performance is indicative of how you’ll be able to cope with the rigours that an MBA throws at you. So getting into MBA program with low GBA is cause for worry – but it isn’t the end of the road. Let’s take a look at what you should do if you have low GPA MBA.For applicants who have a low GPA, school selection is extremely important. Only 8% of applicants with a GPA below 3.0 are accepted by top 10 schools. This is much lower than the 18% acceptance rate for applicants with a higher GPA. Acceptance rates are much closer at schools ranked 11 through 16 for low applicants with lower grade point averages. The low GPA MBA acceptance rate is highest for schools ranked between 17 and 25 on . There is only a small disadvantage for low GPA applicants who apply to schools ranked 17 through 25. Next, I looked at how GMAT scores impacted the chance of admission for low GPA applicants.