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Help Narrowing Down School Selection and Profile Eval Please

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Schools: R1: HBS(A), Kellogg(A), Michigan(A), Duke(A), Wharton(D)
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Help Narrowing Down School Selection and Profile Eval Please [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2008, 19:47
My profile is below. I feel I will be competitive at most schools but I am curious if I can narrow down my school selection as I would like to focus on 5-6 schools instead of 8.

GMAT: 720 (Q47 / V41) AWA: 6.0
GPA: 3.8 (Marketing and Economics), 4.0 all upper-division & major classes - Top 100 Large State School
Work experience(WE): 2yrs CPG Sales at Top 5 Food CPG, 2yrs Marketing/Brand Management @ smaller CPG Food ($1b)
Age: 26 at matriculation
Gender: M
Extra-curriculars/community: Many - Devleoped Community Service Committee at current job, Big Brother, founded charity even at previous job, on board over leadership organization in college, student leadership panel for non-profit in college
An interview can only help me as I'm an excellent interviewer.

I'd like to continue my career in CPG food marketing, just at a top tier company. I have a passion for food marketing as this is what I've wanted to go into since I was young.

Target Schools in Order
Kellogg
Wharton
Harvard
Duke
Ross
Columbia
Indiana
Texas

I feel I'm competitive, but it's hard to tell with the top schools. I'd love to just apply to my top 5 and leave out CBS, Indiana and Texas. Do you think I need Indiana and Texas for safety schools or am I strong enough to consider Duke and Michigan my safety schools?

Thanks!
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Re: Help Narrowing Down School Selection and Profile Eval Please [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2008, 10:34
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cpgmba,

These are the 5-6 schools I recommend you target based on your profile:

Kellogg
Wharton
Duke
Ross
Columbia
Indiana
Texas

If you need to drop another would you could remove Texas. Not sure you need Indiana as a safety (it would certainly be that for you), but Financial Times does rank them no. 2 worldwide in marketing (ahead of Texas). HBS doesn't seem realistic to me.

Good luck,

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Re: Help Narrowing Down School Selection and Profile Eval Please [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2008, 10:39
Thanks for the feedback Paul. It's about what I thought.

Just curious though, why do you think HBS isn't a realistic choice for me?

Thanks!
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Re: Help Narrowing Down School Selection and Profile Eval Please [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 08:47
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You're welcome. The community involvement looks good, but not sure I see enough unusual/distinctive material to make you appealing at HBS. I was also unclear how much leadership you have at work, and a background in sales may be a slight negative at HBS.

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Re: Help Narrowing Down School Selection and Profile Eval Please [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2008, 09:22
I can see how you see that. While I haven't started a business or gone on a mission trip in Nigeria, I do have a diverse background. My first job was with a best-in-class fortune 300 company in a large metroplex while my current job is with a family owned billion-dollar private company in a town of less than 20,000. Also, sales experience at the top CPG companies are not typical sales roles. It was actually more of a hybrid business development, category management and sales position.

I still may apply to HBS as a hail-mary, but I definitely want to focus on Kellogg, Wharton and Duke as I really like those programs and feel they are within reach. Thanks!
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