I'm planning on applying to b-school this fall for admission in Fall 2006. What are my chances for being accepted at Stanford, Haas, Kellogg, or Columbia? What should I do to improve my chances, especially at my top choices (Stanford and Haas)?
For Stanford and Haas, is there any benefit to being a California resident?
Any insight would be appreciated -- thank you!
- 25 y/o Asian female
- GMAT: 710 (48Q, 40V)
Econ major at top 5 liberal arts college
Some leadership experience and extracurricular involvement, but not much
- Work experience:
2 years in boutique consulting
1.5 years (at time of application) in account management role at profitable internet startup
- Volunteer experience:
2 years mentoring a college student through community organization
1 year various volunteer work with non-profit for high school students
The only benefit to being a CA resident in apply to Stanford and Haas is that if accepted at Haas you pay less tuition. From an admission perspective, it may be a little more difficult because there are so many Californians applying to these schools.
You have a competitive profile for the schools on your list. To improve your chances, I have the following suggestions:
1) If your volunteer experience is old, start volunteering at something.
2) Visit the schools you are most interested in while they are in session.
3) Try to add an international element to your profile.
For more information on improving your profile, assessing your chances, and choosing schools, please see Best Practices for 2005 MBA Admissions.
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