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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 08 Mar 2010, 16:30
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1. Definitely don't take the GMAT again! A 750 will make you no more attractive to an admissions officer than a 730, all other things being equal. If you hadn't done well on one part or the other (e.g., if you only scored in the 70th percentile on the Verbal section), then I'd encourage you to take it again. But, you're already at the point where you can't help yourself more with a higher GMAT score.

2. You are correct to wonder about your age. (And, when I say "age," I really mean your amount of full-time work experience.) Those schools, especially Harvard, have been trending younger in terms of median age of their entering classes for the past several years. If you apply this fall, you'll be over 30 years old when you enter, putting you in the oldest 10% of the class. Among top-ten schools, Kellogg, Booth, and Columbia are three that haven't yet swung aggressively to the younger end of the spectrum.

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Re: Is age a big hindrance at Harvard/Stanford/Wharton? [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2010, 06:44
Thanks for the assessment Scott, I appreciate it.
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