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Lack of Experience [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2009, 18:47
I am currently an undergraduate student at a medium-sized state school in Pennsylvania

GPA: 3.65
GMAT: 710 (Q 45 V41)

However, I am lacking real-world experience.

How should I approach the admissions process with this flaw in my application?


Will lack of experience hurt me at University of Pittsburgh and Penn State?

Any other school suggestions?

Thanks for your time
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Re: Lack of Experience [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 20:53

If you're saying that you have no work experience at all, then, yes, you are not ready to apply to the vast majority of business schools. If you also lack leadership in extracurricular roles, you should wait a couple of years until you've addressed these issues. Given your GMAT score, and assuming you do have some part-time work experience and decent extracurriculars, you may have a shot at Pitt and Penn State. To recommend other schools I would need to know more about you. However as a rough rule of thumb your GMAT score may be attractive enough at schools with average GMATs below, say, 650 for them to overlook your other deficiencies. See this item on young applicants.

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