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application advice needed.. [#permalink]
26 Nov 2006, 07:47
Hello. Iâ€™m about to start the process of applying to business schools, but I wanted to solicit some advice from this forum. I especially want to make sure that I have a realistic shot at my target schools..
First a bit of background.. Iâ€™ve been working for the past 2 years as a project manager at a large regional bank here in the South. I came through a selective rotational management associate program, and immediately entered the operations and technology division. We are currently in the middle of large merger which will create a top 10 bank in the country. Iâ€™m one of two project managers selected to work on our divestiture (selling off of branches). Iâ€™ve feel like I showed considerable leadership potential throughout the merger thus far, and I believe my recommendation letters will attest to this..
I have a double major in business administration and computer science from a small liberal arts school in the south, but unfortunately I have a 2.99 cumulative GPA. I did show improvement in my senior year though, where I had a 3.5 gpa. I also took some the hardest quant classes this year as well, while holding an internship, so Iâ€™m hoping I can convince ad-coms that this is my true potential.
As far as extra curricular activity, Iâ€™ve been involved in junior achievement where I teach underprivileged junior high school students economics (wonderful experience). In undergrad, I was also selected by the president of the school to serve on the presidentâ€™s student advisory council. We basically acted as the liaisons between the president and the student body. I was also a peer counselor responsible for seminars on alcohol awareness, date rape, etc.
GMATâ€¦.I just scored a 600 on my GMAT. My quant score killed me. I scored a 38 on verbal, but only a 35 in quant. I scored a 550 on my first attempt. I expect to get a 6.0 on my AWA since that it what I scored on my first attempt.
I really feel like I need to start applying now because I feel like if I wait and take the GMAT again, and apply later, I will be a long-shot at my target schools.. (Is this correct?)
At any rate, I know my gpa/gmat is not very competitive. So Iâ€™m hoping to target the near-elite frontier tier..
1) University of Illinois â€“ Urbana
2) Georgia Tech
3) Wake Forrest
The average GMAT scores for these schools are around 650, and based on my profile, Iâ€™m not sure of my chances. How should I proceed? Would it be acceptable to call faculty / admissions from these schools and ask? Take the GMAT again and apply later? (Not sure I can bring up my quant score though)
I thought about taking a couple of courses at my local college, but the semester would start in January and not end until May?
I feel like I have a lot to offer schools and will be able to articulate my vision in an interview. I would love to consult within the financial services industry.
Thanks for anyone who can help me out during this stressful time!!