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Advice needed: college shortlisting [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2013, 20:26
GMAT score
• Verbal - 38
• Quant - 49
• Total - 710 / 92%
• An. Writing - 5
• IR - 8

Post MBA Goal : further enrich the current IT consultancy experience and eventually lead to an entrepreneurial career.
Applying for : admission to 2014 batch; application round 1/2 (2013-14)

I have limited information regarding the qualitative significance of programs offered by different colleges and hence am bit perplexed regarding which programs I should apply for and applying to which programs/colleges would be realistic :roll: .
I have currently opted for the following colleges to receive my scores:

1. Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business - MBA, Full Time
2. Cornell University - S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management - MBA, Full Time
3. Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business - MBA, Full Time
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Sloan School of Management - MBA, Full Time
5. University of Chicago - Booth School of Business - MBA, Full Time

My profile:
1. Indian Male
2. 8.27/10 (honors) CGPA from accredited pvt. engineering institution (best college in state)
3. Overall 6 years of experience in IT, currently working with tier-1 US multinational IT consultancy firm, previously working with largest IT major across Asia.
4. 5 years (out of 6) of experience in purely lead roles leading teams of various sizes; 1 year of onite assignment in europe for telecom major, recently awarded employee of the quarter and nominated for early promotion.
5. Stakeholder and adviser in family owned nursery and prep school for underprivileged children.
6. Received unique award (awarded to only one student from the whole batch) from college association for organizing and efficient execution of cultural program during 2nd year. Also, received various awards for acing college competitions including debates, extempore etc.

With the above profile, I feel that I may be applicable to few of the well known programs but not sure of what could be a realistic expectation :wink: . As I understand colleges like Wharton, Harvard can only be a dream for now but the list of 5 colleges I have applied to share GMAT score with could be dream come true.

Any help in this regards would be a of great value. Kindly advice.

Thanks! :)
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Re: Advice needed: college shortlisting [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2013, 18:01
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Hi there,

Thanks for sharing your profile. You have a solid profile overall, with a respectable GMAT score, good academic scores, some work experience that should allow you to have stories and experiences to share with the class (and in your application), some other interesting points of involvement and awards.

The challenges for you will be 1) you are part of a large group of applicants- Indian IT applicants.. so you need to figure out how to stand out from that group and differentiate yourself. Think about what you can focus on/highlight to do so. 2) Your post-MBA goals sound a bit vague currently, so I encourage you to flush those out in further detail, as many strong applicants have a clear plan in mind or at least more detail on potential ideas/paths, included in their application. 3) Be sure to showcase more than just technical skills-- as you have already evidenced those and now need to show what ELSE you bring to the table.

As for programs, you should have a chance at Tepper. Tuck wouldn't be outside of possibility. Booth, Johnson & MIT would be more difficult but I can still see a decent match particularly at MIT & Johnson. Keep in mind that a lot of the ultimate decision will wind up being based on your essays at this point (after reviewing what I know of the rest of your profile), as that is the place where you truly show who you are and what you'll bring and what you'll do with the MBA.

For more about choosing schools to apply to, see our free download at http://info.mbamission.com/Selecting-Yo ... ram-E-Book.

Good luck & keep us posted with questions!
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Re: Advice needed: college shortlisting [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2013, 22:43
Thankyou so much for your response mbaMissionJenK!
I have followed the hyperlink provided by you and opted for the 30 min consultation, have considered your suggestions to include the same during the chat.

Thanks Again! :)
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Re: Advice needed: college shortlisting [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2013, 17:31
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Excellent, glad it was helpful and wishing you the best!
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