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Am I a top 3 business school applicant? Let me know!

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Am I a top 3 business school applicant? Let me know! [#permalink] New post 27 May 2012, 13:49
Age: 28 Gender: Male
Experience: 5 Years Full-Time

My story in a nutshell:

I am co-founder and majority shareholder of a online education company. The company was founded in 2005, when I was 22. and has grown to employ over 100 US employees and 200 Indian employees. I am involved in all aspects of the company, but mainly act as lead sales and marketing director. I also act as in-house counsel and I have significant international experience traveling and working in India as a manager. Last year the company had more than 12 million dollars in revenue. I expect the company to grow by more than 500% in the next 10 years.


UGPA- 3.125 from top 25 public school-social science major- I know this isn't great but I'm hoping my GMAT score will help balance this out.

Law School GPA- 2.35-from Top 50-75 Law school I enrolled in law school shortly after I founded my company. In retrospect, it was a poor decision as I was not able to give law school the time it deserved. I focused on my business at the expense of my studies and my grades suffered seriously. I ended up graduating and passing the bar, but my academic record is spotty, especially law school. Not sure how to deal with this on applications. It should be a positive that I'm licensed and have expertise in business and corporate law, but the grades haunt me.

GMAT- 750 on my second attempt (Q49/V43) AWA 6.0, first attempt 700 Q45/V41 AWA 6.0


What are my chances at HBS? Stanford? Wharton? Be honest. If you think I have a shot, please advise how I should frame my story and deal with my weaknesses. Thanks a bunch in advance!!
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Re: Am I a top 3 business school applicant? Let me know! [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2012, 04:40
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Hello ANZ73, thanks for your question.

There’s no formula, but I do think you’d have a shot at the top 3 programs.

As you are already aware, your law school GPA is a potential concern, but I think this is not a dealbreaker.

Your main asset is your work experience. To the degree that you can, lead with your experience growing the company and co-leading an organization of 300 employees. Most applicants will not have this experience!

In terms of framing, programs will want to know that you can handle the work. It’s okay to say that you were concentrating on your business rather than law school. The only thing is: how would HBS, Stanford, or Wharton have assurance that you won’t be distracted by your business during business school?

I hope this helps.

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