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Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please! [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 00:49
If anyone can give me input on this, I would really appreciate it!

Me: 24, female.
Undergraduate: English, minors in Linguistics/Education from UC Davis. GPA 3.8
Graduate: Teaching ESL, Cert. in Teaching Reading to Adults. State school. GPA 3.7
GMAT (March 2009): 720, 41V, 47Q, 6AWA (Will retake in July)
Quantitative classes: 2009 - Accounting 1 & 2 - A; 2002 - Calculus 1a, 1b, 1c - A, Micro/Macroeconomics - A, Statistics - A (All from community colleges)
WE: 4 years teaching ESL to local adults, part-time; 2 years (at matriculation) working as a contract analyst for state government, full-time (language/law heavy)
Etc: real estate license, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Assuming I get at 750+ when I retake my GMAT, and can write convincing essays, are there any strong schools I can apply to with a high likelihood of both acceptance and scholarship?

I'm not interested in the super elite schools like Stanford or Harvard; but, I do like Haas (yet it seems like a long shot for acceptance, let alone scholarship). Yale maybe? I'm considering marketing and/or business development, possibly in the non-profit fields. I'm also hoping to find work in the Bay Area after I graduate.


Again, any help would be greatly appreciated! :-D
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Re: Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please! [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 08:19
dodib0 wrote:


Assuming I get at 750+ when I retake my GMAT, and can write convincing essays, are there any strong schools I can apply to with a high likelihood of both acceptance and scholarship?



Bluntly put, I'd say no. The schools you list are competitive enough that only a small portion of applicants can even count on an acceptance let alone a scholarship. The admissions process is very random. When you add on predicting the likelihood of acceptance and $, you are pretty much just stabbing in the dark.

That said, with a 750+ and good essays, I think you are in the running for admission. Depending on how important the money is, I'd apply to schools in the next few buckets but keep some of the schools you list. You may get in and get money or you may get in and realize that you are willing to stomach the dept.

There is (very convoluted) trade off between school quality and $ offered so its a matter of finding where your goals and finances fit in that relationship.

Good luck!
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Re: Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please! [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 09:07
I'd agree with DuckPond that the application process is like stabbing around in the dark but, given your incredibly strong background, I do think you have an excellent chance for scholarship money. You have a 3.8 from a Top 5-10 public school, an impressive quant background and compelling work experience. Your GMAT is already above where you need it. I really don't think you have to push it any higher personally.

If you're set on California, I really think you should throw an app at Stanford, along with Haas. I think you have a decent enough shot at it that, if you personally think it's a good fit, it's worth trying. Consider Yale, for sure, great program for anyone that wants to work in the social sector. If you could see yourself in NYC, Columbia and Stern are both great programs for social enterprise. Also consider the traditional top schools, as well, if you think they might be a good fit. By that I mean Kellogg, Wharton, Booth, etc. You'll always have your work experience to open doors in P/NP and an MBA from those institutions could possibly round out your resume or give you an "establishment" stamp of approval.
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Re: Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please! [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 12:13
Thank you both for your help! I will be applying for Haas, Yale, Ross, Darden, Tuck, and Tepper. I think Stanford may be too competitive/snooty for me. :) Hopefully, now that I have diversified, I can justify to these schools at least admittance; I'll work on the scholarship once I get in. :roll:
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Re: Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please! [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 13:24
dodib0 wrote:
Thank you both for your help! I will be applying for Haas, Yale, Ross, Darden, Tuck, and Tepper. I think Stanford may be too competitive/snooty for me. :) Hopefully, now that I have diversified, I can justify to these schools at least admittance; I'll work on the scholarship once I get in. :roll:



Good luck! The one thing I will say is I think many of the characters at all the top 10-15 business schools are competitive and snooty.

Before you cross Stanford off your list, and include Darden, Tuck and Tepper, I would recommend that you visit Palo Alto and any other campus you can get to. Sit in on a class if you can. It will give you a much better picture of the sort of students that you'll be learning and networking with over the next couple of years.

I hope you find a good fit and get a suitcase full of cash from that school's admissions committee.
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Re: Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please! [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 15:49
Unfortunately, I grew up in the Bay Area, about 15 minutes from Palo Alto, and have gone to a couple Stanford social events. I prefer a more down to earth attitude, in terms of student body - mostly because of the reputation that Stanford has; the students seem to think they are better than anything else on earth. ;)

The suitcase of cash isn't necessary, just subsidized tuition. UC Davis, I heard gives it freely, but I'm looking for a change of location... and a better school. :)
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Re: Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please! [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 19:48
the best advice i've gotten is only apply to schools you can definitely see yourself attending. that crossed off a ton of schools on my list, and gave me a very small amount to work with.

i'd say your stats and profile looks pretty strong, and if you're serious about marketing then you might be well off sending in an app to kellogg. it's a pretty strong program and will help you get away from the west coast for 2 years, but will still carry enough name back home when looking for a job.

from my limited visits to the campus, yale is probably the antithesis of snootiness, and it sounds like you might be a good fit there as well. they have a pretty comprehensive loan forgiveness program for grads who choose to work in nonprofits or the public sector, so that might be an option for you as well.

i'm not sure either how much money either of these 2 programs dole out, but they seem to be pretty aligned with your goals so you might want to check them out.
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Schools: Haas, Yale, Ross, UCLA,
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Re: Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please! [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 16:31
Thanks so much! I'll definitely look into Kellogg. In regard to Yale, I have heard great things about them, so I really hope that get a stronger GMAT score for most consideration there. I'm not quite sure what my "story" will be yet, but then, maybe I will get a better idea as I write my essays.

Thanks for your help! :)
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Re: Looking for a good school with $$ - Advice please!   [#permalink] 03 Jun 2010, 16:31
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