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Here is my profile. Please advise me! [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 15:20
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Ok, so here is my profile. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

1) 710 GMAT 46V 41Q 6.0 AWA (first try, never took a practice test).

2) B.S. Business - State School; 3.2 Undergrad GPA (3.7 Major); Worked 30 - 35 hrs/wk in school; Fraternity member; Numerous community service projects.

3) 6+ years of work experience in real estate - specifically student housing. Experience in public and private sectors, promoted several times, went from entry level to top manager in company quickly. Lots of recognition, awards, etc. in large private company. Quick success, great letters of recommendation from both Universities and private company. Much of my work experience has revolved around quantitative analysis (forecasting, market analysis, budget development and oversight) which could help off-set the skewed GMAT score.

4) 29 year old white guy. Grew up in farm family, parents do not have college education. Have always supported myself; paid for education, paid to study abroad and learn Spanish / Intl. Business. Unique experiences moving from place to place with company doing internal consulting, due dilligence, marketing, etc.

5) I have worked in privatized student housing and learned much about the operations, acquisition, and financing of existing properties. I then moved to the public sector to gain experience in development of new housing from the public angle. I want to go to a top MBA program to network and find individuals to eventually begin a student housing company.

I currently live in SoCal and am looking at the big schools in the area first (UCLA, USC, UCI Merage), but I am also interested in branching out (Haas, Stanford, Kellogg, Wharton, Ross, Booth, Stern). What do my chances look like for these programs? Would I be more suited for a lower tier program? Any suggestions? Any advice would certainly help. Thank you!
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Re: Here is my profile. Please advise me! [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 20:58
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Hey there,
Well with your profile and 710 you'll have good chances at the Cali schools. You will have to though focus not so much on the technical part of your real estate success, but your leadership initiative, the more MBA type stuff, as that is more important to the schools.

Since your chances are good at the above schools, I think now it's time to look at some schools that might be a bit tougher to get in :)

First on your list should be Columbia, which has the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and is one of the best in the country. Wharton also has a rocking Real Estate section as does Sloan. In addition Marshall Johnson and UNC offer very strong real estate programs, so all of these can fit your goals preeetty well.

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