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New post 08 Mar 2006, 16:13
Hi there! Great site and very informative!

I was hoping you could evaluate my chances for getting into Haas' EWMBA program in Fall of 2006. My profile is as follows:

Age: Almost 30
GMAT: 700 (V 93% M 82%) 5.0 AWA
Undergrad GPA: Overall 3.2 in Accounting/Finance at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Certifications: California CPA license
Work history: almost 6 years, started with Big 4 Accounting firm and promoted twice in 2 1/2 years, held high performance ratings while at the firm. Went to work for a small entreprenuerial company serving real estate developer clients for about one year, and am now working for a Fortune 200 residential developer. Came on as Asst. Controller and promoted to Land Acquisition project manager. Held leadership roles on committees within the company and had 3 people directly report to me as Assistant Controller (15 people indirectly reported to me during financial statement preparation).

Held President/Vice President roles in several student clubs during undergrad and participate in various charities, and hold a leadership role in a couple.

I feel that my short/long term goal essay was very detailed in what I wanted to accomplish and how the MBA would help me do it. Other essays I felt strong on with the exception of "tell us about yourself," which I got the feeling I talked about my background and how I think (do they care?)

I'll be happy to at least get an interview to add another dimension to my application . . .

Thanks so much for your help!
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djohnson wrote:
Hi there! Great site and very informative!

I was hoping you could evaluate my chances for getting into Haas' EWMBA program in Fall of 2006. My profile is as follows:

Age: Almost 30
GMAT: 700 (V 93% M 82%) 5.0 AWA
Undergrad GPA: Overall 3.2 in Accounting/Finance at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Certifications: California CPA license
Work history: almost 6 years, started with Big 4 Accounting firm and promoted twice in 2 1/2 years, held high performance ratings while at the firm. Went to work for a small entreprenuerial company serving real estate developer clients for about one year, and am now working for a Fortune 200 residential developer. Came on as Asst. Controller and promoted to Land Acquisition project manager. Held leadership roles on committees within the company and had 3 people directly report to me as Assistant Controller (15 people indirectly reported to me during financial statement preparation).

Held President/Vice President roles in several student clubs during undergrad and participate in various charities, and hold a leadership role in a couple.

I feel that my short/long term goal essay was very detailed in what I wanted to accomplish and how the MBA would help me do it. Other essays I felt strong on with the exception of "tell us about yourself," which I got the feeling I talked about my background and how I think (do they care?)

I'll be happy to at least get an interview to add another dimension to my application . . .

Thanks so much for your help!


Djohnson,

Your profile sounds very competitive for Haas. I see no negatives except perhaps the minor negative of your GPA (not a deal breaker!). If you were detailed about your goalsin your goals essay and got personal in your 'tell us about yourself' essay then you did exactly what you should have done (and what many don't do). Good luck and let us know how you fare.
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New post 09 Mar 2006, 12:07
Thank you for the feedback.

I feel my GPA is definitely a negative, with two mitigating factors:

1) My first two years I ended with a 3.0 and had some troubles due to immaturity and a family tragedy.

2) I transferred to a more difficult program and obtained a 3.4 while working 30 hours/wk to support myself, to end with a 3.2

I address both of these points in optional essays (without asking for sympathy or belabouring the points) so hopefully they take these into consideration.

It certainly is difficult to communicate who you are through written word. That's why so many of us hope for that interview where we can add a personal element to the equation and hopefully showcase our interpersonal skills.

Thanks again . . . this site is a true blessing for all of us out there with the MBA dream!
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djohnson wrote:
Thank you for the feedback.

I feel my GPA is definitely a negative, with two mitigating factors:

1) My first two years I ended with a 3.0 and had some troubles due to immaturity and a family tragedy.

2) I transferred to a more difficult program and obtained a 3.4 while working 30 hours/wk to support myself, to end with a 3.2

I address both of these points in optional essays (without asking for sympathy or belabouring the points) so hopefully they take these into consideration.

It certainly is difficult to communicate who you are through written word. That's why so many of us hope for that interview where we can add a personal element to the equation and hopefully showcase our interpersonal skills.

Thanks again . . . this site is a true blessing for all of us out there with the MBA dream!


Djohnson,

It definitely sounds like the circumstances you described would mitigate whatever negative the adcoms see in your GPA. Good to know that you explained it all to them in the optional.

Good luck,
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