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New post 20 Feb 2011, 00:34
Hi Alex,
Do you mind reviewing my profile please? I appreciate your time and input.

Industrial Engineering, Top 15 Engineering School, GPA 3.01
GMAT: 680 (Q49, V 34) (might take again to try and get a 700)
Work Experience:
General Electric - Commercial Leadership Program (6 month sales training program)
General Electric - Account Manager 2 years
division of GE got sold so I left
Sales Director - Capital Medical Equipment (2 years)
US Peace Corps, Africa (current) - Teaching Business Skills to students, working with local small businesses to grow their businesses

Extracurricular: Before joining the Peace Corps I volunteered as a CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocate. I mentored a child in the foster care on a weekly basis for 4 years. Represented and attended his court hearings on his behalf. Also led a large fundraising effort on the organizations behalf.

Age: 27, 28 at matriculation

I finish the Peace Corps in 2012 and want to get my MBA. I am currently thinking about coming back to Africa and doing some non profit work after my MBA. I might want to join the corporate world again to gain some more relevant experience that I can learn from and bring to Africa. Not sure fully.

I would love to go to one of the top 3 but realize my GMAT and GPA are well below average. Do any of the top schools care more about and value the Peace Corps than others? What are my chances at the top 3? I am also looking at Darden and Duke.

Thanks!

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New post 20 Feb 2011, 09:25
You have enough of a shot that it's worth applying to H/S/W. As you've already mentioned, your GMAT/GPA will be an issue (although being in engineering, they will cut you more slack, as engineering programs are known to grade on a much harsher curve than arts/sciences or business).

Every top b-school values Peace Corps experience, so I would focus on schools you really want to go to, rather than "which schools I can get into" because any of them will give you a serious look.

At this point, the only thing you can do is to boost that GMAT -- at your current score, you're going to be on the margins anywhere; with a 700+, you should be competitive for any top b-school, including H/S/W.
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New post 24 Feb 2011, 22:51
Thanks for the informative reply Alex!
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