I didn't see a thread on this, maybe we could start a general b-school prep thread, I don't know. I'm not even considering applying for a few years, but after I take CFA L1 in June I'm going to be focusing on GMAT studies for a couple months and I'd like to start prepping as much as possible for when I do apply. My first questions are regarding GPA. I graduated from a non-target with a 3.02 GPA, BS Civil Engineering and second Economics major. Not the greatest GPA I know. This was a combination of personal problems culminating in a very bad semester, lowered expectations based on ignorance, and a lack of understanding myself and how I learn best (i.e. I'm terrible at sitting through lectures and learn best on my own reading books, though now I know how to sit through that kind of stuff but didn't back then). Let's say I'm planning to Top 10 MBA progs. 1. Would such adcomms take into account that I went for a "harder degree" which explains, at least in part, a lower GPA? 2. I am taking one or two graduate level courses in Spring 2013 at the same school from which I graduated, in which I'm planning on receiving A's. The courses I am taking are high-level finance courses (FWIW I'm trying to get into finance); I am getting the professors to allow me to override the prerequisites and enroll in the courses. Would this be a sufficient number of courses to "build an alternate transcript," and offset my poor GPA? 3. When applying for jobs, can I place my "graduate" GPA on my resume? Can I place it on applications? Would this be unethical because I only took two courses? 4. On passing the CFA L1 (and possibly L2) exams by the time I apply, would this contribute towards offsetting my GPA? How heavily would adcomms weigh the CFA? 5. I guess my plan is to take at least the two uni courses, pass CFA 1 and maybe 2 and knock the GMAT out of the park to make up for the GPA. Would that be sufficient?