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Another "Where/Should I apply?" Post [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2005, 21:39
Hey guys,

Sorry to bother you with another post of this type, but I'm a bit stuck as to whether I should apply to schools for the upcoming year...or if I should go ahead and wait another year. A bit of background first.

I did my undergraduate work at Cornell University in ECE and had a rather "poor" GPA in the 3.1 range. I stayed on to do my Masters there and worked my GPA up to 3.5. Just took the GMATs last week and got a 770 (51Q/42V).

For the past 2.5 years, I've been working in the Defense industry as an engineer, but I've had some great experience. I've had the chance to consult, present to high-ranking defense dept officials, and be the lead on various design projects. In my opinion, my work experience so far with this company has been varied and great...and I feel like I'd have a lot to write about in my essays.

My only concern is that I haven't had "enough" work experience. With my current profile, do I stand a good chance at the top schools (HBS, Sloan, Columbia, Kellogg)? Should I get another year or two of work under my belt before I make an attempt at those schools? Is my undergrad GPA too low to even bother with the top names? I don't want to "settle" for a part-time program if I can get into one of the top tier schools. Thanks for your time
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2005, 19:50
No, I think you have a shot at the big boys. Your saving grace is that your undergrad was in engineering. B-schools give .3 - .5 GPA premium for engineers. I know a number of engineer applicants who got in the 3.0 range.

You said yourself that your work experience is strong, so what's another year going to do for you? If it's had an impact and is varied, then another year won't be that big of a deal. Depth is much more important than number of years.

Be bold my friend, you have a lot going for you.

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