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Low GMAT - Chances for Cornell phd program? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2007, 13:54
Hi... I am applying for my phd with a focus in management and organizations. My top school is Cornell and my GMAT score is low. Here is my profile:

1. GMAT: 510, 550 AWA: 6.0, 6.0
2. Undergraduate GPA: 3.52/4.0 (2 honors programs)
3. Masters GPA: 4.0/4.0
4. Strong recommendations
5. Have contacted the professors and had some correspondence back and forth during the application process.
6. 10 years full-time work experience in organizational management

What do you think? Do I have a chance? I am taking the GMAT again on 2/3, but the application has already been due and is submitted. Is there anything else I can do?
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2007, 14:55
if it was me to decide... i'd probably ask you more and look in depth about your work experience and masters and don't give a second look on your gmat. i believe the actual work and masters (with its excellent GPA) tells more than any standardized test can reveal...

however - it is not me to decide... i don't know much about cornell so i can't comment.

good luck anyway... tell us how things goes for you.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2007, 17:15
2 to 6 looks strong and positive.

Your GMAT may be low for a school like Cornell. If you have done your undergrad and master many years ago, it is important to have a higher GMAT to show that you are still academically strong.

Your age is another thing - I'm guessing you are 30+ given your work experience. I'm not sure if Cornell is one of those "friendly to 30+" schools. Your correspondence with the Profs there sounds very positive, though.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2007, 08:55
This is helpful - I am taking the GMAT again on 2/3/07-- the app was due on 1/3/07. I was planning to have the scores sent to Cornell again, but didn't know if they take the updated score into consideration. I had included this information in a letter I sent with my application.

Also, once the application is submitted, is it advisable to continue to contact professors or wait now and see if they contact me?

I hope they take time to ask me more because I didn't do as well on my second gmat due to a pen failure - the pen would not work well at all during the verbal section, which is where my score from the 1st to the 2nd test decreased. My score increased on the quantitative by 20%+. I didn't mention this in my essay, although I did address the low GMAT scores.

I can't seem to find much about cornell phd statistics in terms of #of applicants, etc...
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2007, 22:11
I believe Cornell's admission rate is below 3%. If you are in contact with a professor at Cornell, you can tell him/her that you are gonna retake GMAT and ask him/her to wait for your score. After you get the unofficial score on 2/3, you can photocopy and fax it to the school right away.

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