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Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 12:32
I had posted this somewhere else, and was redirected here.


What are the chances of getting into booth with the following, and what do I need to do to make up for my obvious shortcomings?

3.4 GPA from a little known (but accredited) undergrad program.

700 GMAT

Age: 27

4 Years Work Experience for medium sized brokerage firm (Non management, low level, non business support function in HR)

letter of rec: (no big name)

My essays will definitely be strong.

Some community service

3 kids (if that matters)

White male

Basically I know this might be long shot, but I am retaking the GMAT because I know with a little polish I can shine in that area. What do I need to accomplish and focus on (other than GMAT) to increase my chances of being considered during the application process?

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Re: Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 14:19
greghopkins01 wrote:
I had posted this somewhere else, and was redirected here.


What are the chances of getting into booth with the following, and what do I need to do to make up for my obvious shortcomings?

3.7 GPA from a little known (but accredited) undergrad program.

700 GMAT

Age: 27

4 Years Work Experience for medium sized brokerage firm (Non management, low level, non business support function in HR)

letter of rec: (no big name)

My essays will definitely be strong.

Some community service

3 kids (if that matters)

White male

Basically I know this might be long shot, but I am retaking the GMAT because I know with a little polish I can shine in that area. What do I need to accomplish and focus on (other than GMAT) to increase my chances of being considered during the application process?


Huh? What's the problem? I don't see any obvious shortcomings including your GMAT score which is in range. You seem on paper to be a normal candidate for a good school including Chicago Booth. The biggest thing you can do is show your personality through your essays. You need to be able to convey that you know exactly what you want to get out of Booth from a career standpoint and also that you can contribute to the school in a meaningful way. If you know your story and can effectively communicate that to the adcoms, you should be fine.
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Re: Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 14:41
I was thinking that my low level (and hr) job experience and unrespected undergrad would kill me in the app process. It seems like i see folks with pretty impressive profiles getting turned away from Booth.

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Re: Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 15:19
I have to agree with eskimo here and concur on the fact that you really don't have a so-called 'shortcomings' on your application. While you say that your WE is perhaps a bit weaker, that's something extremely subjective. If I get to comment on the job I'm doing, I'd say that even high school grads can do it (well, I guess they'll have to be pretty mature high school grads). A no-name college doesn't mean a rejection. People get in b-school with normal, state colleges just like those who went to top-notch college. I really wouldn't stress too much about your undergrad institution or your WE. However, if you truly think you can boost your score up by a lot (and I mean 740+), feel free because it wouldn't hurt to apply with a higher score. But anything lower than 740 would be moot if you ask me. As you get into the application season, also branch out and see what some of the other schools can offer you. I'm not sure if Booth is the only school you're looking at, but really think about what you want to do post-MBA and if possible, add a few schools onto your list. Of course, if you have a personal reason to go for booth or bust, by all means, do it and have no regret!
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Re: Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 17:26
i had a typo there, GPA is actually 3.4. dealbreaker?
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Re: Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 17:45
greghopkins01 wrote:
i had a typo there, GPA is actually 3.4. dealbreaker?


I don't think it's a dealbreaker, but certainly a higher GMAT score may be able to help sweeten the deal. Had your GPA been 3.7, I'm sure no matter how little name it is, it shouldn't matter too much (since it's at least accreditted). What was your major? A 3.4 is still strong, but may appear stronger if your major is a tough one.
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Re: Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 18:58
Nope. I was coasting the undergrad degree is in business admin.

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Re: Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 22:16
I don't think you'll find too much trouble in getting into a top 15 b-school in the nation. As for anyone who wishes to get in booth, it's more than just stellar academics and GMAT score, but there's also that hint of luck that everyone needs. I still think that as long as you have that luck on your side, you have a shot. You just need to really personify your essays and explain your goals coherently. Booth divides its essay sections into multiple smaller sections that asks about your interest in Booth, your goals, and this non-conventional powerpoint section, where you get to show your ideas off in a powerpoint format. As long as you're able to blow the admins away with your essays, I truly think you have a shot at interview (again, this is even knowing your 3.4), and once you're with the interviewer, it's really about how you handle pressure and your communication skills. Good luck!
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Re: Booth - Profile [#permalink] New post 07 May 2011, 06:00
Well, maybe I am being too negative on my chances. I just don't want to waste my time. It sounds like I am not!

So I am hearing they are not going to require a rec letter from the Pope or anything, and I dont need to have started a successful small business which has blossomed into a multi national profit machine? ;-)
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