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Improving my academic profile [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2008, 11:10
Here's my profile:

M/26/3.3 GPA from Michigan/700 GMAT

I've worked in Consulting since graduating and have 4 years of experience with Technology and Outsourcing Strategy. I applied last year, but was denied by all 4 of my schools. To improve my application for next year, I was planning on taking a class at the Chicago GSB this summer.

Since I'm in consulting, I travel for work Monday - Thursday, and only really have the option of taking this class on Saturday. The class that I'd like to take is full, so I'm deciding between:

a) a different class at the Chicago GSB that might not improve my quant scores as much

b) an online class offered through Haas / Sloan / or similar.

In the eyes of admissions committees, would a classroom based class (any classroom based class) be more beneficial than any online class? Or, would they be weighed equally?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Improving my academic profile [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2008, 11:19
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Here's my profile:

M/26/3.3 GPA from Michigan/700 GMAT

I've worked in Consulting since graduating and have 4 years of experience with Technology and Outsourcing Strategy. I applied last year, but was denied by all 4 of my schools. To improve my application for next year, I was planning on taking a class at the Chicago GSB this summer.

Since I'm in consulting, I travel for work Monday - Thursday, and only really have the option of taking this class on Saturday. The class that I'd like to take is full, so I'm deciding between:

a) a different class at the Chicago GSB that might not improve my quant scores as much

b) an online class offered through Haas / Sloan / or similar.

In the eyes of admissions committees, would a classroom based class (any classroom based class) be more beneficial than any online class? Or, would they be weighed equally?

Thanks in advance!


What are your target schools? I don't know if I really agree with this strategy. Your time and money may be better spent on increasing your GMAT score. If you can push it up to 740-750, then you will increase your chances more than you wuold by taking one of these classes, and it will be a lot cheaper to boot.
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Re: Improving my academic profile [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2008, 12:03
did you get any feedback on why you got dinged?

I would somewhat agree with terp that you might want to increase your GMAT, but since GMAT is only a small part of the app, we really don't know whether you could strengthen your essays or recommendation letters a bit more, or something else.

Taking a class is good if you got a low grade or flunked a quant class in the past. If you haven't, then your 3.3 GPA is good enough to not have to do that. a 90%+ on the Quant sectiong of GMAT is probably more useful.

As for classes, I think online or classroom are probably the same, as long as you take it with a top school. Just my 2 cents.
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Re: Improving my academic profile [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2008, 12:16
Unless you went for H/W/S and then one of the MIT, Kellogg, GSB route then I dont think its academics. Plenty of folks get into school with worse GPAs and similar/worse GPAs from schools without the rep of U Mich. Your GMAT is slightly below average for top schools, it probably would be wise to try to raise that into the 720+ range. I think that your lack of success has more to do with other parts of your application. It also could be a problem with the schools you choose.

If you dont have a very strong quant background...meaning you got below B's in your quant classes in college then your chances at quant heavy schools will be a little worse. MIT, Wharton, GSB all are going to attract lots of very strong quant folks. Personally for these schools I think no quant is better than below average (C or less in classes).
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