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GMAT 760: Help regarding chances in schools

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GMAT 760: Help regarding chances in schools [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 03:16
Hello,

I am planning to apply kinda early to the business schools but was wondering if the schools I am targeting to are totally unrealistic at this stage.

(Indian, 23, Male)

Undergrad:Topmost private university in India
GPA:(9.1/10)
GMAT:760 (Q:50/V:41)

Not much leadership experience except for couple of juniors at workplace where I my role was more of a guide. Experience in college as Teaching Assistant.
Less extracurricular.

Experience: Aug 2010-Present Marketing consultancy. Before that I have 2 6-month internships in well-known (IT) MNCs.

Post MBA goal: Marketing, Management consulting, General Mangement in US.

Additionally, I have a sibling already working in US for the past 3 years. Would that help in any way?

I am aiming at the following colleges:
Dream: Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg
Achievable: Booth, Haas, Columbia, Tuck, Yale
Safety-net colleges: Stern, Fuqua, UCLA

Please let me know what my chances are according to you. I want to get into a BSchool this year and would prefer not to wait for another year. Thanks in advance.
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Re: GMAT 760: Help regarding chances in schools [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 08:02
Sibling in the US won't be relevant at all.

You're overestimating your candidacy a little bit. There's a lot of incredibly qualified people out there from around the world applying to these schools - and even they will have a tough time. I can understand why you may feel your candidacy is stronger than it really is -- your GMAT -- but keep in mind that the GMAT is rarely if ever an asset, and can only be a liability (a high score won't help your chances, but a low score can keep you out). So beyond a certain threshold (700-720), it comes down to everything else. You may have a pretty solid start to your career thus far, but again you're up against people who will have stronger resumes than you (more experience, experience outside of India, etc.).

Stretch: choose 1-2 from Kellogg, Booth, Columbia, Tuck, Sloan, Haas
Sweet spot: choose 3-4 from Ross, Duke, Darden, NYU, UCLA, Cornell, Yale
Safety: choose 1-2 from any school outside the top 16 (Georgetown, Tepper, Texas, UNC, USC, Emory, Maryland, Purdue, Indiana)

As you can see, it's not a huge adjustment from your original list, but a slight shift. Just keep in mind that none of the top 16 schools are safety schools for just about any candidate.

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Re: GMAT 760: Help regarding chances in schools   [#permalink] 19 Mar 2012, 08:02
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