Linda Abraham, Founder and CEO of Accepted.com, offers three tips on how to overcome a low GPA.
- Get an above average GMAT or GRE score. Assuming you’re not a sophomore or junior in college when you’re reading this, your GPA is a thing of the past and is no longer within your power to improve. Deal with the numbers you have by acing other quantifiable, measurable, objective aspects of your MBA application – the GMAT or GRE. Do well on these tests, and you’ll send a clear message to the admissions committee: I may not have done so well in college back in the day, but look how serious, skilled, and competent I am now!”
- Take graded classes in business-related subjects and earn A’s in them. Show that you are now ready to take on the b-school classroom by taking business courses and excelling in them. You not only have the smarts – you know how to use them.
- Earn demanding professional designations like the CFA, CPA, FSA, etc. Add a few letters to your signature and you’ll prove that you have what it takes to learn difficult material, study hard, and succeed, despite the fact that five-plus years ago you may have slacked off a bit.
See MBA Application Weaknesses 101 for more tips on how to overcome blemishes on your MBA profile.