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# Calling all US Military Fall 2013 Applicants!

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12 Dec 2012, 16:58
Feel pretty humbled posting here given the amazing experience of those on this thread. I haven’t seen any Coasties thus far, so I’m happy to represent.

Undergrad: 2.8, Varsity Soccer, Public Affairs Society, Head Coach at a local school, Worked part time
Post undergrad WE: 1 yr gov’t sales rep, 2 yrs (at matriculation) credit analyst covering the Oil&Gas sector
EC: Currently volunteer at a nonprofit as a mentor to refugees, Organized an athletics team for a dozen colleagues, Served as a morale rep and ran half marathons while on AD
Goal: S&O consulting focusing on the federal sector

Planning to enroll in a calculus course beginning next month to help offset my poor GPA. I was thrown a curveball and had to push back the GMAT until first week of January. But still planning on fighting for R2.

Post graduation, I’d like to stay in the DC area. Given my stats and experience I think top 15 is an extreme long shot. Therefore, I’m applying to Georgetown, Maryland, Penn State and may add one or two others depending on my GMAT results.
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12 Dec 2012, 20:52
timbo0205 wrote:
Post graduation, I’d like to stay in the DC area. Given my stats and experience I think top 15 is an extreme long shot. Therefore, I’m applying to Georgetown, Maryland, Penn State and may add one or two others depending on my GMAT results.

Good luck on the GMAT! If you're able to crack 700, I highly recommend adding at least one of the following to your list: UVA, Cornell, UNC, and Duke. All of those schools appreciate vets and I think your 2.8 could be less of an issue if you've got a 700+ GMAT and a compelling story to tell.
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13 Dec 2012, 07:01
Definitely don't sell yourself short. I have a 3.03 GPA from my undergrad and I got into Columbia and invited to interview with Booth (I think I would have been accepted as well but I withdrew my application since I applied ED to Columbia). I know a 2.8 is lower still but I agree with CobraKai. If you kill it on the GMAT and have a good story you should definitely include some higher reach schools like UVA and Duke.
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13 Dec 2012, 08:21
Really appreciate the encouragement, thanks all.
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13 Dec 2012, 08:33
timbo0205 wrote:
Really appreciate the encouragement, thanks all.

Also, if you haven't done so already, reach out to the Vets clubs of the schools you're applying to. They're a tremendous resource. Feel free to reach out here too - as someone who's on the tail-end of the Round 1 process, all the sage advice I may have is still fresh in my mind.
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13 Dec 2012, 09:41
What are your thoughts on how I should explain my GPA?
1. Mention I didn’t have a clear career vision at that time. However, I am now focused and motivated due to X, Y, and Z.
2. I wanted to carry over my leadership/teamwork experience from the CG and focused my time on varsity athletics, coaching, etc.
3. Combination of the two?

Thanks for the insight.
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13 Dec 2012, 11:32
timbo0205 wrote:
What are your thoughts on how I should explain my GPA?
2. I wanted to carry over my leadership/teamwork experience from the CG and focused my time on varsity athletics, coaching, etc.

I would go with Number 2. Being a varsity athlete is a legitimate reason your grades may have taken a hit, and B-schools like varsity athletes. The important thing is to not make excuses, explain the cirbumstances in a brief and direct manner and move on. The important thing is to show the adcom that you can handle the rigors of B-school, and one of the best ways to do that is to get a good GMAT score, particularly on the quant section.
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20 Dec 2012, 07:10
Well now that the Round 1 dust has settled, how'd we do? I wouldn't call a ding, two waitlists, and one acceptance a rousing success, but I'm excited that I got into one of my top four (didn't have any Round 2 schools picked out), and most importantly, I won't be writing any essays over the holidays or have to bug my recommenders!

Looks like I'm headed to Johnson in the fall (unless Tuck takes me from the waitlist). Anyone else make decisions yet? (Except you Mappleby, we know you're headed to Columbia - congrats on that by the way!)

I can shed some light on the interview process/what to expect on the schools I applied to if anybody wants to hit me up during Round 2.
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23 Dec 2012, 19:23
Received several offers, but will likely enroll at Tuck--small, intimate classes, very family friendly (already have kids), and it helps they put  on the table. Any other future Tuckies out there?

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26 Dec 2012, 12:24
Choice keeps getting tougher.
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26 Dec 2012, 14:51
Good choices to have. Darden is well established but Yale has a great up and coming program. I've also heard the Yale undergrad network is very supportive of Yale SOM graduates which gives you access to a really strong network.
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28 Dec 2012, 08:03
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Good news for those of us who are eligible. GI Bill rate going up to over \$19,000 next school year.

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2012/12/m ... p-122712w/
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28 Dec 2012, 19:27
I am still a year out from applying to schools but have a question about the GI Bill. I did ROTC but did not take a scholarship, does anyone know if my 3 year active duty obligation will count towards meeting the GI Bill service requirements since I did not receive any financial help during school. Thanks!
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28 Dec 2012, 20:24
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I am still a year out from applying to schools but have a question about the GI Bill. I did ROTC but did not take a scholarship, does anyone know if my 3 year active duty obligation will count towards meeting the GI Bill service requirements since I did not receive any financial help during school. Thanks!

It should. The best way to verify this is to go to the VA website and request your letter of eligibility. That should confirm what % of the GI bill you're eligible for.
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29 Dec 2012, 08:19
langaroo wrote:
I am still a year out from applying to schools but have a question about the GI Bill. I did ROTC but did not take a scholarship, does anyone know if my 3 year active duty obligation will count towards meeting the GI Bill service requirements since I did not receive any financial help during school. Thanks!

If you didn't take any scholarship money you should be considered pretty much the same as an OCS officer, which means 3 years of active duty time will give you 100%. When you contact the VA, make sure the "no scholarship" part is very clear....you don't want them seeing ROTC listed as your commissioning source and assuming that you had to pay back the 4 year obligation.
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Good post by the MtB guys for those of you looking to R3 or applying next year.
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16 Jan 2013, 09:35
wow, this topic started early.
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16 Jan 2013, 10:20
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wow, this topic started early.

Actually, the "Fall 2013" references when applicants plan to matriculate, not apply...
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16 Jan 2013, 11:23
Okay that makes sense. I'll wait for the Fall 2014 Applicants thread to start.
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16 Jan 2013, 12:01
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Okay that makes sense. I'll wait for the Fall 2014 Applicants thread to start.

Best of luck! Feel free to reach out and ask any questions you might have. Glad to see you've already got the GMAT done and over with.
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