How important is GPA

Some business school applicants simply never “gained their footing” in their undergraduate years. Perhaps moving far from home to attend college was difficult for them and they did not achieve high grades. It could be they chose the wrong major and never applied themselves to courses in which they had only lackluster interest. Maybe they chose to party too hard and made poor choices in balancing “work” with “fun”.
Yet, following their undergraduate years, those same applicants blossomed in their business careers. Such MBA applicants might have already enjoyed 2-3 promotions before applying to business school, which speaks to their professional success. But, their undergraduate GPA tells a different story.

That GPA could be a 3.0, a 2.8, or a 2.5. Perhaps a tad bit lower. A question that looms large in the minds of such applicants is, “After four years of outstanding work experience, will my weak undergraduate GPA still sink me in my quest for admission to a top business school?”

The good news is that, even for applicants with less work experience than four years, if you put together a business school application skillfully, in many cases, it is possible to overcome a low GPA.
The undergraduate performance will represent a weak spot in your candidacy, but you can address this through the application. Addressing it does not mean simply writing a paragraph about it in the “optional” section of the application. Rather, addressing the matter can also mean drawing attention –

  1. Through the MBA essays and recommendations.
  2. To the other notable achievements that convey to the admissions committee that after four years, you are defining and relevant achievements are your professional successes, not your academic performance.

    It’s all about the strategy implemented through the application. Source: Gmatclub

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