I got a 2.9 in business management economics from UC Santa Cruz and a 700 GMAT. 2 years under my belt at Accenture. Is it possible to get into a M7 or top 10?

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Unless you’re an ultra diverse candidate with the world’s most compelling narrative, it’ll be almost impossible. Work on improving the one thing that you can still control: your GMAT

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A2, what’s your story/what else did you have going for you in your app? I haven’t seen people with your stat profile get into M7s before, so kudos to you.

OP - don’t be discouraged. 2.9 is very challenging, but not HOPELESS. You must push to max out every single lever you can to offset your gpa. As others have said this means blowing out the GMAT. It also means having incredibly polished, impeccable essays, recommendations, resume, optional “why low gpa essay”, interviews. Through all of these elements you must also have a deeply fleshed out career narrative that is 1)ambitious 2)realistic, and 3)interesting. Show you are more than your 2.9 and give the adcom a reason to root for you.

Shoot your shot (at both M7 and lower ranked). Working all the above items to aim high will only serve your candidacy, wherever you apply.

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Transcripts also matter - a botched freshman year is far better than mailing it in with a bunch of C’s your senior year.

In general, if you annihilate the gmat, quant in particular, lots can be forgiven.

Are you a Buddhist lesbian woman from El Salvador? If no then probably not.

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I would retry GMAT and take some coursework at a top university to show you can handle the rigor.

What are your extra curriculars?

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