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Looking for a realistic(wake-up call) profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2009, 20:58
Hi Alex.

I'm one of those guys who goofed up in undergrad and now am ready to go back, get the MBA I always wanted, and pursue bigger and better things.

graduated in 2005, B.A math. GPA: an embarrassing 2.6. No excuses. Just made bad judgments.

After graduation, I got a job working in an insurance company, claims call center. I have been doing it ever since, and am currently a supervisor for a department.

While my GPA is low, I am confident that my employers can give me strong recommendations on my work ethic, accountability, self development, etc etc I am also anticipating a high GMAT score.

Question:
While I am like everyone else here wanting to go to the best school, I want to be realistic. I have low GPA, I have good employment history, but I'm not sure if it is considered "relevant." It's a call center. no finance, consulting experience etc etc.


Realistically, what can I expect? Should I be shooting for a 750+ GMAT score to be competitive? can I go to a top school? I've heard of doing things like getting an alternative transcript, but this is not possible at this moment.


Just for fun though, my dream schools are Kellog, London, berkley, and Mccombs. :)

thanks
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Re: Looking for a realistic(wake-up call) profile evaluation [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2009, 10:42
Given your GPA, an absolute minimum of 700 or most adcoms at top schools will probably ding you outright. Ideally, shoot for a 740+ given your low GPA to minimize the impact.

As for your choice of schools, you are probably competitive for McCombs (or schools in that range such as USC, UNC, Georgetown, Indiana, etc.) and schools like Berkeley, Kellogg and LBS are going to be stretches unless you have some achievements outside of work to round out your candidacy. And all of this assumes a strong GMAT score (700+, ideally 740+).

In any case, the #1 thing you need to focus on right now is the GMAT. Make sure that is your priority above all before assessing what schools you may be competitive for.
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Re: Looking for a realistic(wake-up call) profile evaluation   [#permalink] 12 Feb 2009, 10:42
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