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Evaluate my chances pl. [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2005, 13:21
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Re: Evaluate my chances pl. [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2005, 14:58
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Linda,
Here is my profile

31 yr Old male, US Greeen card holder from India
B.Tech (India) - Top 5% of the class, Central institution
MS Mechanical Engineering (USA) - 3.8 GPA
MS Computer Science (USA) - 3.75 GPA

Obtained research and teaching scholarships throughout my graduate studies (Not Top 10). Have research publications in major international journals.

7 1/2 yrs work experience in USA. Currently with a Mid-Cap Telecom company in the Silicon Valley, CA.
Systems consultant for 2 yrs, Software Engineer for a yr, Sr. Software Engineer for 1 yrs, Principal Engineer for 2 yrs and now I am a Software development Manager with 8 senior people reporting to me. One of the youngest managers in my company.

GMAT - 740 (M:50-95%, V:40-90%) - Overall 98%


Extra curricular
CTM in Toastmasters, Held various roles such as Secretary, VP Public relations in Toastmasters.
Avid runner - Various races
Various leadership roles, Other things.

Community:
Currently Volunteering with Child relief organization for Indian children
Currently Volunteering with orphan support programs for Indian orphans

Volunteered with Adult literacy program for 2 years while in my Undergrad.


I am planning to apply for Fall 2006 and I think I can get very good recommendations from couple of Directors in my company. Since technology is my strength, I would like to continue in technology related management roles after my MBA.

Do you think I have chances at:

UC Berkeley -Haas Part time
Stanford
North Western -Kellog
Chicago
U Penn -Wharton
Cornell
Columbia
Duke

Do you have any other school recommendation for me?
I am also confused about whether being a Green Card Holder is a disadvantage or advantage in terms of competition among the Indian pool?
When would you recommend me to apply? (R1/R2)
Appreciate your honest evaluation.

Regards,

Nocilis


Nocilis,

You have a competitive profile for all the schools on your list with Stanford being the least likely admit because it seems to prefer younger applicants. But even there, you certainly have a chance. I would also suggest you consider MIT and CMU. Your green-card status may give you a slight advantage but basically it really doesn't matter. In terms of timing, here is Linda's Rule:

Apply in the earliest round possible PROVIDED you don't compromise the quality of your application.

don't make the mistake of rushing and submitting less than your best R1 when a R2 submission could have been outstanding. Misplaced priorities.

Good luck!
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