#10 – Is your GPA or GMAT is lower than the average? If so, between now and Round 1, you will want to provide evidence of your ability to handle the program. This can take many forms. 1) one of the most popular options for those with quant-deficient backgrounds or low quant grades/GMAT is to do MBA Math. 2) take a Statistics and/or Calculus course at a reputable local university. 3) HBS Strategic Management certificate program. I believe that one of my overrepresented candidates with very poor grades and zero extracurriculars was admitted to Stern, in part, because he was getting A or A- grades in the HBS Strategic Management certificate program. If the problem is verbal – focus on acing a writing or literature course, or engage in a public speaking group. But most of all, make sure your recommendations and essays offer ample evidence of your lucidity in English.