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Is age a big hindrance at Harvard/Stanford/Wharton?

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Is age a big hindrance at Harvard/Stanford/Wharton? [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2010, 06:04
Hi,

I took GMAT last year and scored 730. Verbal - 41/92%, Quant - 49/87%, Total 730/96%, Analytical writing 5.0/56%. I did not (could not) apply anywhere for 2010 because of some financial responsibilities. I am planning to apply for 2011 session. My brief profile is as follows:
Age: 29 (born in Feb, 1981).
Ethnicity: Indian
Undergrad - from one of the IITs in India, GPA 3.7
Grad - one of schools (not high ranked) in U.S., GPA - 3.95
Work experience - I have been working in U.S. since 2005 (I will have 6 years of full time work ex at the end of 2010). I work in high end technical consulting. 2 years in a big five company, past 3 years in a blue chip company.

As I mentioned, I am planning to apply for 2011 session. I will be 30 in Feb 2011. I have a couple of questions:

1. Would I have had a much better chance had I scored 750 instead of 730? I am asking this question because I screwed up the exam a little bit. I have mild ADD and I forgot to hit 'submit' on the last Quant question. I think I made a couple of other stupid mistakes on Quant and could have easily got 750.

2. Is my age going to be a hindrance when applying to top 5 schools - specially Harvard, Stanford and Wharton? If yes, are there any schools in top 10 that are friendlier to applicants with 30 years of age?


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Re: Is age a big hindrance at Harvard/Stanford/Wharton? [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 09:34
Sorry for the delay in responding to you.

1. Not much difference. However, many Indians do score high on the quant section. We have to take a look at the list of schools you plan to apply for before telling you the final answer. In general, the GMAT score is just one element. Essays, recommendation letters and the strength of your background/application can be far more important.

2. This is a very good question. The application pool is getting younger these days. Some schools do prefer younger candidates so that they can be molded at an earlier stage of their life and there may have a higher chance for these younger applicants to make their marks professionally.

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Re: Is age a big hindrance at Harvard/Stanford/Wharton?   [#permalink] 28 Mar 2010, 09:34
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