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Admission Weakness Question [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2004, 23:32
I may call you, but wanted to see if you might be able to steer me with some good advice on my education situation.

I finished all but 2 courses to graduate back in 1991. I'm completed those two courses starting in two weeks at the college I went to. My degree will be in Biology. I'm planning on applying in the fall of this year. I'm taking really hard upper division courses and don't realisticaly think I can pull off much better than B's. I have a 3.3 GPA and will be taking my GMAT in late July.

My work background is in Technology. I'm an Information Technology Manager and Project Manager with 6 years of project management experience and 12 overlapping system engineer work for an overall total of 15 years. My recs should be exemplary and I'm going to do whatever it takes to get 700+. I have extensive community involvement over the years as well.

What are some pointers you could give on handling this and more importantly how do you think this education issue will affect my applications. I'm aiming for top 10 schools.

Am I in trouble? Or is this a creative essay solution? or Other?
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Linda's response from DaveforMBA [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2004, 14:58
Here is the result of the phone conversation I had with Linda in case your interested.

So I just got off the phone with a pre-consult with Linda at Accepted.com. She gave me good honest info and didn't try to sugar coat my chances. Basically she said that my background was not-typical and that I had three issues to overcome.
1) My Age-Why now?
2) My 2 classes to complete my graduation requirements
3) My slightly lower than average GPA. 3.35 vs 3.5 average at top schools.

She gave me recommendations that if I wanted to stay in the top school range that my background was more better suited for Kellogg, Wharton, Michigan, Tuck, Darden and the 1 year program Sloan Fellowship. She suggested not to go for Chicago because of their stronger skew towards Finance and not to go for Stanford because of the age issue. Actually, Harvard is also an age issue too, but I'm still going to apply there.

From our discussion we came to the conclusion that I'm to focus on getting A's in the two classes and a 700 or higher GMAT score. B's in the classes would be ok, but would not do anything for me. C's would hurt my chances. If I'm to work myself into a good candidancy essay, getting A's in the two classes would give me the ammunition I need.

She also suggested the following motto to keep in mind. "Apply only if it's the best application I can submit without compromising things I need for a good application" I.e. the two classes and the GMAT. I completely agree.

So my focus for now is to Kick major butt in the classes and to do well on the GMAT and foregoe much prep on writing essays until these two priorities are completed.

BRING IT ON! Failure is not an option! So in 3 months, you're either going to be reading about a struggling MBA applicant hoping to get into a top 60 school or you'll be reading about someone that has an inspiring story. I vote for inspiring story!
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Re: Linda's response from DaveforMBA [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2004, 16:05
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DaveforMBA wrote:
Here is the result of the phone conversation I had with Linda in case your interested.

So I just got off the phone with a pre-consult with Linda at Accepted.com. She gave me good honest info and didn't try to sugar coat my chances. Basically she said that my background was not-typical and that I had three issues to overcome.
1) My Age-Why now?
2) My 2 classes to complete my graduation requirements
3) My slightly lower than average GPA. 3.35 vs 3.5 average at top schools.

She gave me recommendations that if I wanted to stay in the top school range that my background was more better suited for Kellogg, Wharton, Michigan, Tuck, Darden and the 1 year program Sloan Fellowship. She suggested not to go for Chicago because of their stronger skew towards Finance and not to go for Stanford because of the age issue. Actually, Harvard is also an age issue too, but I'm still going to apply there.

From our discussion we came to the conclusion that I'm to focus on getting A's in the two classes and a 700 or higher GMAT score. B's in the classes would be ok, but would not do anything for me. C's would hurt my chances. If I'm to work myself into a good candidancy essay, getting A's in the two classes would give me the ammunition I need.

She also suggested the following motto to keep in mind. "Apply only if it's the best application I can submit without compromising things I need for a good application" I.e. the two classes and the GMAT. I completely agree.

So my focus for now is to Kick major butt in the classes and to do well on the GMAT and foregoe much prep on writing essays until these two priorities are completed.

BRING IT ON! Failure is not an option! So in 3 months, you're either going to be reading about a struggling MBA applicant hoping to get into a top 60 school or you'll be reading about someone that has an inspiring story. I vote for inspiring story!


Dave,

I really appreciate you posting this excellent summary of our conversation.

I just want to clairfy one point, what Dave refers to as a motto I suggested. Actually what I provided was Linda's Rule: Apply as early as possible provided you don't compromise the quality of your application.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2004, 17:57
Hi Dave

It might sound very stupid but I am going to ask you any way.
How old are you? I am also having same age concern and would like to benefit from your teleconversation experience.

I am 34 now...

Apologise in advance and if you don't want to answer I can totally undersatnd ...


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Older MBA applicants [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2004, 10:18
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I'm going to let Dave reply for himself, but at the Accepted.com web site there is an article, "Applying to Regular MBA Programs as an Older Applicant," which gives advice for older MBA applicants.

Good luck!
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