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great, thanks for the tips and the link. really helpful!
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New post 11 Jun 2011, 23:46
Hello Gil,

Thanks for your effort with providing such valuable advice ; its greatly appreciated!

Mentioned below are details which may give you an insight into my application:

From: India, Age- Will be 29 this July

GPA: 3.28 Babson College, Massachusetts with a Finance major, Bachelors of Science, Business Management Degree in 2006
Started college with a 2.6 GPA freshman year & final semester was 3.9 GPA. Junior/Senior Year GPA was 3.5+and Finance Major GPA was about 3.7

Work Experience: (4 years in all PLUS entrepreneurial projects)
3 years in Financial Services at a small boutique firm in Boston - Financial Analyst, Investments (2006-2007 then 2008-2010)
1 year in Family Business - Manufacturing (India) from 2007-2008 ; then went back to Boston from 2008-2010
Returned to India in 2010 October as my father was diagnosed with cancer so i had to leave and return immediately.

Non Profit:
Im working on a non profit organization at this point but do not have it legally established yet - 125 embroiders/weavers have joined and my goal is to educate them and really market their services to fashion designers & consumers directly - also making sure they are not exploited in any way what so ever. My goal is to grow this to a membership of about 500 people over the next few months. Just thought of mentioning this on my application, for some reason i hadnt though of this earlier .. you think its a good idea?
Absolutely! Makes sense to mention this non-profit initiative because: 1. You already have some traction to show. 2. The fact you haven't been working over the past half a year or so (if I get this correctly) is likely to be a concern. This initiative is likely to mitigate this concern a bit.

Entrepreneurship Experience:
Started a Fashion Accessories business while working , designed a collection of scarves and sold to e-commerce websites and boutiques in USA (2007 onwards while in India)
Also started another fashion jewelry brand a month ago (May 2011 ) and selling in the USA again- again handled everything from designing right up to dealing with buyers

GMAT: 700

Passion, Personal Story And Career goals:

Major passion is Textile Design (woven textiles- I also learned to weave myself over these years) of the type achieved during the highest period of the Renaissance in Europe, in Turkey & Iran. Long term goal is to setup a luxury lifestyle brand that has the ability to revitalize those extravagant hand woven textiles by making the designs more contemporary and suitable for Haute Couture and the finest Home Decor. Setting up such a company would be patronizing the work of villages full of weavers and artists in India who have left the trade for other lucrative professions and/or are dying in poverty due to no demand of their work. I feel an obligation to these artisans as patronage of the arts in India stopped around 1950 when the british raj was abolished. I belong to an Indian Royal Family You mention this as a "by the way" - but, based on our experience, I think it is important that this fact be very noticeable in your application - find a way to bring it, even a few times, in the context of some of the essays/recommendations/resume so that in a way that seems natural, not forced. (not anymore though, my grand father was the last ruler---various Family members now are into National level politics- senator etc.) and would like to revitalize this industry but with an approach of running a luxury brand which is why i want to pursue a good MBA.

Keeping my long term goals in mind, I would like to work in the Luxury Industry immediately following the MBA program, on the management side which would eventually prepare me for my longer term goal !

Should i elaborate on family background and this story in my application essays? Yes, see above. Is there a way to connect this focus with your investment job? To re-focus the presentation of your investment work in a way that emphasizes any investments you did related to the luxury/textile industry? I dont know where i could stand a chance though im very keen on Columbia (would early action help??)Yes, it is likely to help a bit. , NYU, Dartmouth (Early action???) Same here , Yale, UVA Darden and the more elite ones-where do you think i should apply... Id like Kellogg/Chicago and Wharton too but there's no change il get in there-

Your help is much appreciated-- Thank You!

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive-to-stretch (closer to competitive) candidate at Darden, competitive-to-stretch at Tuck, NYU and Yale (I put Yale here under the assumption that your non-profit initiative will gain a bit more traction by the time you apply), and stretch at Columbia, Kellogg, Chicago and Wharton.

Take a look at application tips and scholarship info for some of these schools here:
http://www.aringo.com/schools.htm

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I am going to assume that you don't currently manage people.

The biotech/pharma focus is impressive and likely to be quite helpful admission-wise. Possibly skip the second sentence, and narrow the industry down even further.

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a competitive-to-strong candidate at USC (closer to competitive), competitive at UCLA, competitive-to-stretch at Haas, and stretch at Stanford, Harvard, Sloan, Kellogg and Booth. Stretch but not impossible - see also http://www.aringo.com/Results_GMAT.htm

If you believe you can improve your GMAT score (any improvement will get you from the 6's to the 7's - often a significant psychological difference) then yes, I'd go for it, even at the price of delaying submission of one application from the first to the second round (but preferably not at the price of reducing the quality of the applications that you submit in R1).

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Hello Gil,
Do you think the fact that I am a US resident (but not citizen) contribute to my admission chances to the leading programs?
Would this help in securing a job in the American market? Would this help on the scholarship front?
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Hello Gil,
Do you think the fact that I am a US resident (but not citizen) contribute to my admission chances to the leading programs?
Would this help in securing a job in the American market? Would this help on the scholarship front?

If your visa does not give you the option to be employed in the US for a longer period than a student visa would allow for, then, according to our experience, the fact you are a US resident will have a minor positive effect on your admission chances or your ability to find work in the US. If it does give you this option, then I believe this will contribute (to a small extent) to your admission chances and employment prospects. In terms of scholarships, your residency status will probably only help in cases of scholarships that require such status (there are few such scholarships).

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Thanks Gil, much appreciated.
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Hi Gil,

Could you please evaluate my profile?

Indian, male, 27
UG, India Electronics and Communications GPA 3.0
MSc, UK Computer Sciences GPA 3.4
Gmat 670(Q49, V32) AWA 5. Toefl 108.

Work Exp
My first venture – a signature verification device - which I designed and developed during graduation was implemented at all regional facilities of a local defense establishment.
Another venture – a digital automobile gauge - failed to attract investors and due to lack of revenues.
Started an Electronics Engineering Company (2004) while in Graduation. Currently, serving several leading aircraft and missile manufacturing companies in south Asia. My post MBA aim is to work as a Manager/VP of product development in a manufacturing company such as GE Energy. My Long term goal is to establish a manufacturing business serving clients such as HAL, Boeing and Airbus.
After working, establishing all the people and process, for 4 years, I did my MSc in UK because I was always interested in technology. I worked in UK and India for 1.8 years (till Jan 2011) years as a Team lead product development in a F500 company (not for money, I even took a drastic pay cut, but for knowledge).
I resigned to scale up my own company. Now I am managing new projects, trading partners and implemented several new technological concepts to improve client services in my company.

Why MBA?
My main focus will be towards schools which promote innovation and annual venture competitions. Also,because I can learn about financing new projects, product pricing, managing product development, investing, build a network of future partnerships and post MBA get hands on experience of managing manufacturing business.
Keeping brand name and recognition of schools in India and USA in mind, I will be rather happy to choose Oxford, which has a good recognition in India over a USA school such as Kelley.

Ec’s
Volunteer at a child welfare org since 2007, 8 hrs/weekends.

My questions
1. My company is registered and well known regionally but it’s not a F500 company. Will my work experience be equally valued by an Adcom as compared to that of an employee working in a F500 company or will they be uncertain because of the status of my company?

2. I heard from several applicants that a weak UG GPA (in my case 3.0) can be offset by a better Masters (in my case 3.4) or by obtaining an alternative transcript. Is it true OR do Adcoms only value UG GPA?

3. I am targeting to stretch Haas, Columbia and Chicago GSB and reach Duke, USC, Cornell, Tepper, McCombs.
Please advice over my school selection keeping GMAT at its current value.

4. In your opinion, is it advisable for me to mention I worked in a F500 IT company as a Team lead or does it cause confusion eh What Why? And is it better to omit? My only concern is that my profile will end up indication just my own company name, which I am not so sure how it will be weighed by the Adcoms?

5. Do I stand a better chance in UK schools-Oxford, Cambridge or LSB?

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Hi Gil,

Any suggestions on my profile would be greatly appreciated.

I am 24 yo White male
I have my BA in Anthropology from University of Florida 3.5gpa
I am working towards my Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida (Top 10 in pharmacy schools) 3.3gpa
Expected GMAT 710

I will graduate in 2 years and begin "working" as a clinical pharmacist for 1-2 years, however it will basically be equivalent to more schooling. Typically not too many pharmacists take this route of two years of residency, probably less then 10%. But I am definitely looking at 3-4 more years before applying to B School.


I hear they look at your undergrad gpa a lot and although mine is decent at a glance my first 2 years were abysmal, including a medical withdrawal for a semester and some dropped courses (followed by 3.9ish average for the next 2 years to make it into Pharm school). So, I was wondering if most business schools will look past my first 2 years of grades, especially if I turned it around, or would my grades from the higher education be weighted more?

I was not very involved in undergrad (some community service) however I am extremely involved in Pharm School, including being the president of an organization, and holding a position in another.

With that being said perhaps the advice that I would most benefit from would be what do I need to work on to become a stronger applicant. And maybe even with the negatives I have now holding me back where I should aim for.

I really appreciate you taking the time to read this and give me your opinion.

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I recently decided to obtain my MBA and having a difficult time determine where I might fit in... Here is my profile.

Age: 30
Gender: Male
Caucasian
GMAT: Taking in October

Undergrad: Bachelor of Science from University of Utah in Political Science
GPA: 3.1
Will finish my degree December 2011

School would broken up by my 2 year faith based mission and also my entrepreneurial experience.

Work experience:
- 5 years in Real Estate Development projects where I was either the principle or a partner. Still consult for one rather large one. (2005-2010)
- 1 year at Wells Fargo as a Banker, promoted 3 times (typical minimum promotion time is 1 year in each position), obtained my securities licensing (2010-2011)

One of the reasons for seeking out my MBA is the positions at Wells Fargo that interested me had the MBA requirement next to them. I had hit a wall at Wells Fargo in just a year, so I left my job to finish my unfinished undergrad degree and now I'm prepping for the GMAT so I can get into a good MBA program. I tried my hand at the entrepreneur and while that did not work out I have had more experiences than I could have possibly learned in school. But seeing as I don't anticipate the Real Estate market recovering I'm making a career move.

I also had to over come a learning disability while in school is this something I should talk about?

Extra-curricular - Served a 2 year faith based mission from ages 19-21

Schools I'm looking at: BYU (Marriott), Texas A&M (May), Texas (McCombs), and I would like to take a shot at the top 10 programs as well (Stern, Kellogg, Wharton, Sloan, Haas and Anderson would be my main interests). I believe my work experience will play well and I have a lot in terms of insight I can offer

Would like to focus on finance particularly on sustainable finance so if you have any additional suggestions of schools that would fit that mold I would greatly appreciate the advise!
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New post 26 Jun 2011, 02:22
mbahaas2013 wrote:
Hi Gil,

Could you please evaluate my profile?

Indian, male, 27
UG, India Electronics and Communications GPA 3.0
MSc, UK Computer Sciences GPA 3.4
Gmat 670(Q49, V32) AWA 5. Toefl 108.

Work Exp
My first venture – a signature verification device - which I designed and developed during graduation was implemented at all regional facilities of a local defense establishment.
Another venture – a digital automobile gauge - failed to attract investors and due to lack of revenues.
Started an Electronics Engineering Company (2004) while in Graduation. Currently, serving several leading aircraft and missile manufacturing companies in south Asia. My post MBA aim is to work as a Manager/VP of product development in a manufacturing company such as GE Energy. My Long term goal is to establish a manufacturing business serving clients such as HAL, Boeing and Airbus.
Your entrepreneurial background is so strong and consistent... did you consider continuing with it? Expanding your current business, post-MBA? Given your background (and the fact that you quit the Fortune 500 job), and based on our experience, I think that your career plan is likely to be more appealing if you do.

After working, establishing all the people and process, for 4 years, I did my MSc in UK because I was always interested in technology. I worked in UK and India for 1.8 years (till Jan 2011) years as a Team lead product development in a F500 company (not for money, I even took a drastic pay cut, but for knowledge).
I resigned to scale up my own company. Now I am managing new projects, trading partners and implemented several new technological concepts to improve client services in my company.

Why MBA?
My main focus will be towards schools which promote innovation and annual venture competitions. Also,because I can learn about financing new projects, product pricing, managing product development, investing, build a network of future partnerships and post MBA get hands on experience of managing manufacturing business.
Keeping brand name and recognition of schools in India and USA in mind, I will be rather happy to choose Oxford, which has a good recognition in India over a USA school such as Kelley.

Ec’s
Volunteer at a child welfare org since 2007, 8 hrs/weekends.

My questions
1. My company is registered and well known regionally but it’s not a F500 company. Will my work experience be equally valued by an Adcom as compared to that of an employee working in a F500 company or will they be uncertain because of the status of my company?
Let's say that your company employs 15 people and has annual revenues of $5 million. According to our experience, most adcoms, and especially the ones in entrepreneurship-oriented schools, will probably appreciate this more than a situation where you work in a Fortune 500 company, manage 15 people, and have a budget of $5 million. Why? 1. Because it's much harder to build a successful company than to work for one. 2. Because you are rather unique among top-MBA applicants.


2. I heard from several applicants that a weak UG GPA (in my case 3.0) can be offset by a better Masters (in my case 3.4) or by obtaining an alternative transcript. Is it true OR do Adcoms only value UG GPA?
According to our experience, the offsetting effect is quite small. The alternative transcript is a stronger option probably, though in most cases the Adcom asks to receive all of your past transcripts (in which case the value of the alternative transcript is much lower).

3. I am targeting to stretch Haas, Columbia and Chicago GSB and reach Duke, USC, Cornell, Tepper, McCombs.
Please advice over my school selection keeping GMAT at its current value.
My impression is that your evaluation (stretch/reach) is quite accurate. Did you consider Babson? They are extremely strong in entrepreneurship, and you may get a significant scholarship there.

4. In your opinion, is it advisable for me to mention I worked in a F500 IT company as a Team lead or does it cause confusion eh What Why? And is it better to omit? My only concern is that my profile will end up indication just my own company name, which I am not so sure how it will be weighed by the Adcoms?
If you mention it, and you explain that this experience taught you that you are an entrepreneur in your soul, and you give evidence that still, you were rather successful there, and you focus your career plan on continuing to be an entrepreneur, I think it should work out pretty well.

5. Do I stand a better chance in UK schools-Oxford, Cambridge or LSB?
According to our experience you will be a competitive-to-stretch candidate at Oxford and Cambridge (closer to competitive) and competitive-to-stretch at LBS.

Thank you.


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Hi Gil,

Any suggestions on my profile would be greatly appreciated.

I am 24 yo White male
I have my BA in Anthropology from University of Florida 3.5gpa
I am working towards my Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from University of Florida (Top 10 in pharmacy schools) 3.3gpa
Expected GMAT 710

I will graduate in 2 years and begin "working" as a clinical pharmacist for 1-2 years, however it will basically be equivalent to more schooling. Typically not too many pharmacists take this route of two years of residency, probably less then 10%. But I am definitely looking at 3-4 more years before applying to B School.


I hear they look at your undergrad gpa a lot and although mine is decent at a glance my first 2 years were abysmal, including a medical withdrawal for a semester and some dropped courses (followed by 3.9ish average for the next 2 years to make it into Pharm school). So, I was wondering if most business schools will look past my first 2 years of grades, especially if I turned it around, or would my grades from the higher education be weighted more?
Yes, according to our experience, the fact that you turned it around, and achieved a 3.9 in the last two years of college, will have a significant positive effect (compared to a situation where you had, say, a 3.5 GPA in each of the 4 years).

I was not very involved in undergrad (some community service) however I am extremely involved in Pharm School, including being the president of an organization, and holding a position in another.

With that being said perhaps the advice that I would most benefit from would be what do I need to work on to become a stronger applicant. And maybe even with the negatives I have now holding me back where I should aim for.
Any way you can get some more managerial/leadership experience in these coming few years? Manage people? Start an organization/department? Initiate some successful projects? This may help. Also, any way you could get some distinctions/citations at work? This should help too.
As to schools - under the assumptions of GMAT 710, strong essays and recommendations, and focus on schools which are at least somewhat healthcare-oriented, our experience shows that you will be a competitive-to-strong candidate at UNC, competitive-to-strong at Duke (closer to competitive), competitive at Haas and NYU, competitive to stretch (closer to competitive) at Wharton, Columbia, MIT and Kellogg, competitive to stretch at Stanford, and stretch at HBS.



I really appreciate you taking the time to read this and give me your opinion.

Thanks!

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I recently decided to obtain my MBA and having a difficult time determine where I might fit in... Here is my profile.

Age: 30
Gender: Male
Caucasian
GMAT: Taking in October

Undergrad: Bachelor of Science from University of Utah in Political Science
GPA: 3.1
Will finish my degree December 2011

School would broken up by my 2 year faith based mission and also my entrepreneurial experience.

Work experience:
- 5 years in Real Estate Development projects where I was either the principle or a partner. Still consult for one rather large one. (2005-2010)
- 1 year at Wells Fargo as a Banker, promoted 3 times (typical minimum promotion time is 1 year in each position), obtained my securities licensing (2010-2011) Do you still work at WF? if not, it will be a point of interest/concern for the adcoms (what do you do now?)

One of the reasons for seeking out my MBA is the positions at Wells Fargo that interested me had the MBA requirement next to them. I had hit a wall at Wells Fargo in just a year, so I left my job to finish my unfinished undergrad degree and now I'm prepping for the GMAT so I can get into a good MBA program. I tried my hand at the entrepreneur and while that did not work out I have had more experiences than I could have possibly learned in school. But seeing as I don't anticipate the Real Estate market recovering I'm making a career move.
So, I got an answer to my question above. Until you apply, will be good if you either get a good job or find some impressive projects to work on. The adcoms are likely to want to know in detail what you do now (and may get concerned if they reach the conclusion that you aren't doing much except working on the GMAT).

I also had to over come a learning disability while in school is this something I should talk about?
Given your GPA - probably yes, it may help.

Extra-curricular - Served a 2 year faith based mission from ages 19-21

Schools I'm looking at: BYU (Marriott), Texas A&M (May), Texas (McCombs), and I would like to take a shot at the top 10 programs as well (Stern, Kellogg, Wharton, Sloan, Haas and Anderson would be my main interests). I believe my work experience will play well and I have a lot in terms of insight I can offer

Would like to focus on finance particularly on sustainable finance so if you have any additional suggestions of schools that would fit that mold I would greatly appreciate the advise!

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of, say, 680, our experience shows that you will be a strong candidate at Marriott and May, competitive-to-strong at McCombs, competitive at Anderson, competitive-to-stretch (closer to stretch) at Haas, and stretch at Wharton, Kellogg, Sloan and Stern. You may also want to consider Simon (strong), Michigan (competitive), Yale (stretch), Fisher (strong), and Columbia (stretch).

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I left Wells Fargo to finish my degree in March, Started classes in May for the summer semester and fall Semester is my final semester for me. I will shoot for that 700 on my GMAT to improve my chances.

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I'm in the process of selling my small business (website and brick & mortar store) and it's always been a goal of mine to get my MBA. My friends tell me I'm crazy and that my experiences starting & running my business have already earned an honorary MBA, but I'm drawn to the degree for other reasons aside from career progression.

I do believe it's a waste of my time and effort to go to a school outside the top 10, however, as I'm really after the credibility, the network, and the exposure to other smart people. That brings me here...I'm not sure if I'm a candidate for a top program. If I'm not, then perhaps my time & effort would be better spent on starting the next venture.

A brief bio:
  • 32 year old white male currently living in Houston
  • graduated from Texas Tech University Honors College in 2002 with a degree in MIS (3.5 GPA with an F on the transcript)
  • received a few merit based scholarships during undergrad, was very active in student government & other organizations
  • studied in London during undergrad
  • worked in London/Europe during undergrad
  • started my own business immediately upon graduation
  • grew business revenue from 0 to 2 million. Employ between 6-12 people depending on the time of year.
  • recently started investing in/managing rental homes. Currently have 4 with hopes of 8 by year end.
  • started a charity in my deceased sister's name that awards annual scholarships and donates for research
  • not extremely active in the community (mainly due to running a business), aside from assisting with a few charity golf tournaments
  • climbed mt kilimanjaro and mt mckinley*
  • now in the process of selling my retail business after weathering and navigating through multiple business cycles

Please let me know your opinion. I took the GMAT 15 years ago and got a 680 with no preparation. Although I'm noticeably rusty right now, I think I can do better than that and I'm currently taking a Veritas class.

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I'm in the process of selling my small business (website and brick & mortar store) and it's always been a goal of mine to get my MBA. My friends tell me I'm crazy and that my experiences starting & running my business have already earned an honorary MBA, but I'm drawn to the degree for other reasons aside from career progression.

I do believe it's a waste of my time and effort to go to a school outside the top 10, however, as I'm really after the credibility, the network, and the exposure to other smart people. That brings me here...I'm not sure if I'm a candidate for a top program. If I'm not, then perhaps my time & effort would be better spent on starting the next venture.

A brief bio:
  • 32 year old white male currently living in Houston
  • graduated from Texas Tech University Honors College in 2002 with a degree in MIS (3.5 GPA with an F on the transcript)
  • received a few merit based scholarships during undergrad, was very active in student government & other organizations
  • studied in London during undergrad
  • worked in London/Europe during undergrad
  • started my own business immediately upon graduation
  • grew business revenue from 0 to 2 million. Employ between 6-12 people depending on the time of year.
  • recently started investing in/managing rental homes. Currently have 4 with hopes of 8 by year end.
  • started a charity in my deceased sister's name that awards annual scholarships and donates for research
  • not extremely active in the community (mainly due to running a business), aside from assisting with a few charity golf tournaments
  • climbed mt kilimanjaro and mt mckinley*
  • now in the process of selling my retail business after weathering and navigating through multiple business cycles

Please let me know your opinion. I took the GMAT 15 years ago and got a 680 with no preparation. Although I'm noticeably rusty right now, I think I can do better than that and I'm currently taking a Veritas class.

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations and a GMAT score of 700, our experience shows that you will be a competitive candidate at schools such as Duke, Michigan and Darden, competitive to stretch (closer to competitive) at schools such as Tuck, competitive to stretch at Kellogg and Chicago, competitive to stretch (closer to stretch) at Wharton, MIT and Columbia, and stretch at HBS and Stanford.

You may find application tips and scholarship info for most of these schools here:
http://www.aringo.com/schools.htm


Thanks for your help.


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HI!

Ill try to be concise.

25 years old (26 by Fall of 2012), African-American male, first-gen College grad.

3.34 GPA through 2-years of Community College, A.A. and A.S. 3.11 GPA during two years at a large state college, B.S. Business Finance, 3.24 GPA Cumulative.

GMAT: 690 (q:44, v:40), first attempt. I don't plan on retaking unless I am rejected from every school for 2012 matriculation. Hopefully work experience will help to make up for the low quant score.

Work: Director of Finance for a for-profit educational institution, 3 direct reports (all with degrees and all older than myself), also the youngest Director of Finance, of 10, in the Southern California District.

Only Extra-C is through work where I'm one of the founding members of the Management Trainee Mentor Program in which we mentor newly hired Management Trainees as they complete a 2-year rotational management program.

*oh, also was in a Fraternity and was a member of the Black Student Union while in college but there was no relevant leadership experience.

Side story - while at the state college I supported myself with money earned through the music industry. Had a local radio / Myspace hit in 06'. Had a few decent connections in the industry and was driving to Hollywood nearly every night after classes to record / produce music. This is the chief reason why my GPA had a downward trend while at the state college.

Post MBA goal: to become a Research Analyst at a Bulge-Bracket Investment Bank. Backup plan = back to general management but in a different industry.

I'm applying through the Consortium and absolutely LOVE the following programs:

NYU
Cornell
UCLA
Texas
USC
Wisconsin

Also, YES, although cliche, I'll likely be applying to HBS as an extreme / nearly impossible reach.

Any input you have in regards to my odds at these schools is greatly appreciated!

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HI!

Ill try to be concise.

25 years old (26 by Fall of 2012), African-American male, first-gen College grad.

3.34 GPA through 2-years of Community College, A.A. and A.S. 3.11 GPA during two years at a large state college, B.S. Business Finance, 3.24 GPA Cumulative.

GMAT: 690 (q:44, v:40), first attempt. I don't plan on retaking unless I am rejected from every school for 2012 matriculation. Hopefully work experience will help to make up for the low quant score.

Work: Director of Finance for a for-profit educational institution, 3 direct reports (all with degrees and all older than myself), also the youngest Director of Finance, of 10, in the Southern California District. Impressive work experience! The director title helps.

Only Extra-C is through work where I'm one of the founding members of the Management Trainee Mentor Program in which we mentor newly hired Management Trainees as they complete a 2-year rotational management program.

*oh, also was in a Fraternity and was a member of the Black Student Union while in college but there was no relevant leadership experience.

Side story - while at the state college I supported myself with money earned through the music industry. Had a local radio / Myspace hit in 06'. Had a few decent connections in the industry and was driving to Hollywood nearly every night after classes to record / produce music. This is the chief reason why my GPA had a downward trend while at the state college. Important info! Helps explain the GPA a bit. The experience itself is also likely to be appreciated by most adcoms.

Post MBA goal: to become a Research Analyst at a Bulge-Bracket Investment Bank. Backup plan = back to general management but in a different industry.

I'm applying through the Consortium and absolutely LOVE the following programs:

NYU
Cornell
UCLA
Texas
USC
Wisconsin

Also, YES, although cliche, I'll likely be applying to HBS as an extreme / nearly impossible reach.

Any input you have in regards to my odds at these schools is greatly appreciated!

On the basis of the information above, and under the assumption of strong essays and recommendations, our experience shows that you will be a strong candidate at Wisconsin, competitive to strong at USC, competitive to strong (closer to competitive) at Texas, competitive at Cornell and UCLA, competitive to stretch (closer to competitive) at NYU and, as you predicted, stretch at HBS. Possibly, re-consider your career choices - both for the sake of the application, and for the sake of your career :-) If your career plan was focused on the education industry, I believe your candidacy would have been a bit stronger. Something to think about...

Thanks!


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Hi Gil,

I could really use your help.

Please evaluate my profile and let me know my chances:

Age : 22
Country: India
Gender: Male

GMAT: 680 (Split QA : 44, VA : 40)
TOEFL: Haven't taken it

Education:
- Bachelors in Information Technology from Indian Institute of Information Technology - Allahabad. [Institute ranks 9th in India ]
- GPA 7.5/10
- "A" in Business and Management Courses.


Leadership:
- Was Class representative and School.
- Career Expo representative at Undergrad.

Work experience:
- 6 months with Motorola as an Intern at Applied Research and Technology Centre, Motorola India Research Labs.
- Have a patent application with US PTO for the research done at Motorola (Listed as the first inventor)
- 2 years working for Cisco. (Continuing now)
- Won a Cisco Star Award (Best employee of the quarter)
- Also part of various process improvement initiatives at a Business Unit Level.
- Got promoted in the 1st year of work at Cisco.



Others:
- Involved in various Social Initiatives at Cisco.
- Active participant in the School Adoption Program at Cisco. [ We developed the school with the help of funds received from colleagues and educate the kids]
- Was a member of Prayaas at college. [ Prayaas is a program we started to educate the uneducated kids in the slum near our college]


Please let me know a few schools where I stand chance with the above profile.

Thank You..
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