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Is it possible to get into a top 15 program with a 2.9 engineering undergrad GPA? Any ways to make up for this other than strong gmat results and letters of rec?

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Sure , I was an engineer in UG. After grad, I worked for 2 years as a construction engineer, then 4 years in consulting with the majority of my clients being developers/owners looking for help with the execution of their capex budget. I translated that to a goal of infrastructure IB. It wasn't hard for the adcom to follow the thread of my career to my eventual goals. Where I think alot of people fall down is they go from working in a PMO role and say they want to do PE. The adcom, always sensitive about post-mba employment stats, is gonna be like- that is a very high hill to climb, we don't want to risk it.

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I got a 2.9 as well in engineering. It helps if it's a top engineering college eg. Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Georgia Tech are all pretty hard engineering programs

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Yes. Adcoms know that engineering is harder than many other degrees. Also helps if it is from top engineering program. As for what else to do, make sure your essays are very strong, and have a good canned explanation for your gpa. Also helps if your work experience is quant heavy.

I did it with a 2.9 and a 770. Had a laser focused goal essay that made sense. It will be hard, don't get me wrong, but it's possible.

@SA1, do you mind sharing what you mean by laser-focused, and how you were able to speak to it?

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