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Joined: 06 Apr 2013
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Concentration: Technology, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 640 Q42 V36
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Lost on where to apply [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 12:39
Age: 28
Ethnicity / Gender: White Male
Graduated from / GPA: UC-Santa Barbara, 3.56 GPA (History of Public Policy)
Work Experience: 3 years in Federal IT Consulting (IBM / Deloitte)

I took the GMAT four times and the highest I achieved was a 600. Sadly standardized tests are not my strong suit. I want an MBA to round out the business, functional, design, and technical aspects of IT, so I've been primarily looking at tech-heavy schools. My initial list was:

1. Stanford
2. Berkeley
3. UCLA
4. Texas
5. Michigan
6. MIT

I've come to terms with the fact that I don't have a shot at Stanford and MIT and I'm probably kidding myself with Berkeley but I'm at least willing to try. I've thought about adding Foster (University of Washington) to the list. I've also read good things about Carlson (University of Minnesota), Carey (Arizona State), and others.

Ideally I would want to work for a Google or Apple doing product management and then eventually go on to start my own businesses. Being from California and the tech focus, I'm partial to living on the West coast (currently living in DC and ready to leave).

I think I have some very solid work experience and I can get some great letters of rec, but I know the GMAT will hold me back. I also know I'm against time as R2 will be due in early to mid-January. Any input is appreciated :-D
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Re: Lost on where to apply [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2013, 13:55
If you're thinking of product management at a Google/Apple, another school you can add to your list could be Carnegie Mellon (Tepper). I'm also partial to living in CA (being from CA myself)- it's a good school to consider. They have a great tech reputation, and pretty good connections to the West Coast. There's a CMU California campus in Mountain View, and in their placement stats 20-25% of their students work in the West Coast, which is very strong for a school outside of CA.
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Re: Lost on where to apply [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2014, 02:28
You have a very good GPA but your GMAT score is obviously on the lower side. With the kind of work experience you have and looking at your overall profile, getting into any school in your initial list is almost impossible. You can give a try to the other three schools, but even their average GMAT score is way above your GMAT score. The only way you can get into them, is my creating a very good application which highlights good leadership skills and extra-curricular activities.If possible, wait for another year and give GMAT again. Applying in R1 next year will give you plenty of time to work on your essays and application. This link can help you in that regard: http://www.interviewbay.com/blog/6-comp ... pplication

Before sending in your application, try talking to some current students and alumni.

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