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Good afternoon, I am a Caucasian male, planning to apply to schools next year to start 2013. I would like to hear your input on how competitive I might be for the schools I am interested in: Wharton Chicago Northwestern Duke UCLA Texas
GMAT - 780 (49Q 50V). Just got this score on saturday, it was my second attempt. I took it one month ago, but was feeling unwell and performed poorly the math. Original score was 730 (45q, 45v).
Undergrad - Lowish gpa, 3.25 from BYU in a science field. Worked throughout undergrad to pay for school, including the last year and half as an intern with Nestle at manufacturing plant. Planning to take a few classes to build an alternate transcript.
Work Experience - I now work for a large food and beverage company doing ingredient and flavor product development. All of our projects are b2b, so I've managed projects from start through to production for companies such as Nestle, Tyson, McDonalds, Arby's etc. It is technical and based on chemistry, but there is also quite a bit of client interaction. I have traveled out for ideation sessions (as we call them) as well as production runs and scales ups, I also maintain constant phone and e-mail interaction. Some projects are team based, others I do on my own - depends on size and deadline.
I don't have any direct reports, but I have been given continuously greater responsibility in terms of the scope of projects I manage and the importance of the customers to our business.
Service - Eagle scout (order of the arrow), 2 year LDS mission to Guatemala city, fluent in Spanish.
During undergrad involved in various clubs, and intramural sports as well as volunteer work for church, teaching weekly classes to youth and coordinating activities.
Currently at church I am in the presidency that oversees the men of the congregation. Responsible for teaching sunday school lessons, coordinating monthly visits to members, planning and coordinating monthly activities, and liaison to the local missionary efforts. Also done various other service projects here and there as opportunities have arisen such as habitat for humanity, and some local municipal projects.
You do have an appealing candidacy, however I recommend you spend significant time on your personal essays and recommendations. As an example, although you may not have much leadership experience in your career, your essays would be a great place to discuss your leadership experience outside of work. Understand that admissions teams are not just looking for great numbers- they are looking to cultivate leaders.
Additionally, one important factor to consider is what your goals are post-graduation. Admissions teams will want to know your motivation for pursuing business school.
Here is some school specific advice for the some of the programs you are looking at:
Thank you for the message and the informative links. I will definitely put a lot of thought and time into my essays and applications. That is actually the main reason that I wanted to get the GMAT out of the way now, so that I can have more time to focus on essays when the time comes.
I am strongly considering hiring a consultant to give me direction and input next year for the application process. Do you give any sort of discount to someone who signs up for your services in advance?