My profile is as follows:
GMAT: 45 Q (78%) 38 V (85%) 690 (91%)
GPA: 2.74 BA Economics and Communication (University of Maryland), I worked full-time (45-55 hours/week while attending full-time)
W/E: Currently I am a financial analyst. I budget for the Department of Defense as a contractor/consultant. I have been there for about 6 months. Before that, through out college I managed restaurants. I ended up opening a location right before I finished school. At this location I oversaw the construction of the building and negotiated all contracts for the store. I also was an active member in the Chamber of Commerce. I organized several charity nights at the restaurant once open. The Budget I was in charge of was $5,000,000.+. I left to return to school, the job required 75 hours of work a week, so there is no way I could have fit school in.
I want my MBA to switch careers and get out of a sector I cannot stand. I would prefer to get into consulting, specifically in the food service industry since I enjoy the business.
I am interested in a top 20 program but feel my GPA will hinder my chances. I am set on applying for this upcoming year. Do you have any recommendations for schools that do not weight so heavily on GPA and more son on W/E and GMAT.
You have an interesting profile (DoD work, entrepreneurship, career goals, nature of community work), which helps you. I frankly don't know of schools known for weighing GPA less than other schools. Adcoms don't plug the GPA into a formula that weights it. It's more of the GPA being a data point indicating ability to handle their program. You can and should mitigate your GPA by (a) explaining your full-time employment burden in college in an essay, (b) acing 2 classes in core B-school skills like stats or accounting to show you have the skills, and/or (c) bumping that GMAT score up if you can. I'm sure there are several top 20 schools that would admit you "as is." See Accepted.com
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