First off, thank you for taking the time to give your valuable opinions.
I just got the results of all my applications. The results are as follows:
HBS - R1 - Ding w/o interview
Wharton - R1 - Ding after interview
Col - R1- Waitlist then ding
NYU - R1 - Waitlist
I am an international (non-indian, non-chinese), applicant with and IT Degree 3.5 GPA from a top 20 state school. I had decent extra-curricular activities in school and after graduation, most notably (and currently) sitting on the board of a non-profit organization. I've been in IT consulting for the past 6 years with modest management experience.
I had two weaknesses in my application. First one, my first year of college I had a GPA of 2.3, and but then I changed schools and got the higher GPA. During this time, I had some quantitative classes, which obviously had dismal scores. I had a decent explanation for this, and made the schools aware in their optional essays.
Second weakness is the GMAT unbalance. I got a 710 score, which is over the 700 mark, but my Q score was on 70th percentile, while my V was on the 95th.
Since I just got waitlisted at NYU, I am thinking of taking the GMAT test again to increase my Q score, and to send them a message that I am serious about Stern. Based on all the information I provided, do you think that it would be wise to do so, or should I be taking quantitative classes instead?
Sorry to hear about the dings. You are doing the right thing by reaching out for a fresh perspective on your application.
First off, GMAT. Since you are over the 700 mark, regardless of the breakout, I wouldn't be so quick to take the GMAT again. Since your overall GPA is decent, it is the pattern of not performing well in quantitative classes that it is a greater concern. You mention above that you didn't do well in your quantitative classes but had a good reason for that. If you don't mind sharing, go ahead and post it here or send us a pm. There are good reasons, and there are those that can be misconstrued as excuses. We could advise you better if we had the details.
Professionally, IT consulting is a fairly common background. How much progression did you show? Were your work examples tailored to the programs you were applying to?
For activities, it is commendable that you show a fair level of involvement. However, presentation is very important. I would be very interested in learning about whether you showed them to the best of your abilities.
The waitlist invite is a crucial point in your application, and I would urge you to send a reply that represents not just your continued interest in Stern, but all that you are doing to strengthen yourself as a candidate for their program.
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