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Chances for getting into Kelley and other top programs [#permalink] New post 29 May 2006, 07:58
Hi can you please evaluate my profile. Like other posters of recent i have a low undergrad gpa 2.77 in economics from a top state school (UVA). My low grades are partly due to working almost full time and youthful immaturity.

Since graduation i've worked in brand management for the past 4 years with promotions almost every year. I left my firm last year to go work with my boss who started his own research firm to help him grow it from scratch. We now have 2 offices and 10+ people, of which i am the third most senior person at the firm. My interest in brand management is what leads me to pursuing an mba from Kelley. Other top schools i am interested in are UNC, Emory, Texas Mccombs. My goal post mba is to get back into brand management on the corporate side at a firm like P&G or Frito Lay.

I'm about to start taking some quantitative classes to provide an alternative transcript at a local community college. Right now i've earmarked taking Accounting, Statistics, and Calculus. My hope is this combined with my 700 gmat score will help to compensate for my lower gpa. I am also a member of a lesser represented minority (african american). Though i'm not sure how much this would help my chances. My plan is to take these three classes and apply in fall 07 for an 08 admittance.

Sorry for the long winded response but coming full circle, can you please evaluate my chances at mba programs such as UNC, Emory, Mccombs?

Thank you for your time.
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Re: Chances for getting into Kelley and other top programs [#permalink] New post 30 May 2006, 07:46
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Hi can you please evaluate my profile. Like other posters of recent i have a low undergrad gpa 2.77 in economics from a top state school (UVA). My low grades are partly due to working almost full time and youthful immaturity.

Since graduation i've worked in brand management for the past 4 years with promotions almost every year. I left my firm last year to go work with my boss who started his own research firm to help him grow it from scratch. We now have 2 offices and 10+ people, of which i am the third most senior person at the firm. My interest in brand management is what leads me to pursuing an mba from Kelley. Other top schools i am interested in are UNC, Emory, Texas Mccombs. My goal post mba is to get back into brand management on the corporate side at a firm like P&G or Frito Lay.

I'm about to start taking some quantitative classes to provide an alternative transcript at a local community college. Right now i've earmarked taking Accounting, Statistics, and Calculus. My hope is this combined with my 700 gmat score will help to compensate for my lower gpa. I am also a member of a lesser represented minority (african american). Though i'm not sure how much this would help my chances. My plan is to take these three classes and apply in fall 07 for an 08 admittance.

Sorry for the long winded response but coming full circle, can you please evaluate my chances at mba programs such as UNC, Emory, Mccombs?

Thank you for your time.


src5tt,

You have been doing all the right things to compensate for your GPA. It also helps that you earned that GPA at a good school--business schools take that into account. Being a member of an underrepresented minority *definitely* helps you, and helps you in a major way. So your chances are not only good at UNC, Emory, Kelley, and McCombs, but I would encourage you to add some higher-ranked schools to your list, perhaps Kellogg for one given your goals.

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