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3 YR Military Officer / 690 / 3.14 GPA

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Joined: 25 Feb 2011
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Location: United States
GMAT 1: 730 Q47 V42
GPA: 3.13
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3 YR Military Officer / 690 / 3.14 GPA [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 10:36

Requesting a profile review - your input is greatly appreciated.

White American male, age 26 at matriculation
GMAT: 690 (44Q, 40V).

Work Experience
-3 years as a logistics officer in the Marine Corps. Graduated in the top 10% at the Basic School, #1 at Logistics Officer School.
-Served 1 deployment to Afghanistan (Helmand Province) with an infantry regiment and ran the Logistics Operations Center, coordinating and monitoring all passenger and cargo throughput in the battle space. Responsible for 9 Marines during my tenure.
-Scheduled to deploy again in early 2012 with a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to the South China Sea for joint naval exercises.
-Recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

-Top 10 liberal arts school (Davidson/2008); Economics major; 3.14 GPA
-Significant coursework in Accounting/Finance, Statistics/Econometrics, and International Political Economy

Extracurricular Activities
-President of the college stock investing club
-Vice president of Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society), member of several club sports
Post College: N/A

Target programs
HBS/KSG, Stanford, Sloan, Kellogg, Michigan, Darden

Career Goals
-Strongly interested in developing analytics in the public sector, specifically with regard to the implementation of "big data". Seek to develop public sector infrastructure, either physical, communications, or technological. Redesigning the FAA's transponder system is a good example.
-Seek to work in management consulting for several years after business school to further develop analytic capabilities.

Again, thanks for your input!

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Re: 3 YR Military Officer / 690 / 3.14 GPA [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2011, 12:13
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Hi cawaddell,

You do have a strong candidacy, although your GPA and GMAT score will be below the averages at the schools you are considering (the average GMAT score for HBS this year was 730).

This being said, a military background is often very well regarded by admissions committees because of the opportunities for leadership and other skills (thinking on your feet, teamwork, operating under stress).

If you read the article below, it includes information about schools that are most friendly to military applicants (Tuck, Duke Fuqua, etc.) ... ss-school/

Given your GPA and GMAT score, you should spend time on your essays and recommendations to really make your application stand out from the other competitive applicants.

Hope this was of help.


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