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Low GPA, Decent App = Profile Eval [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2010, 06:56
Hello,

Can someone please evaluate my profile?

Program: MBA(FT), Management Consulting (career switch)
GMAT: 720
GPA: 2.72/4.0 B.Sc. Electrical Engineering (Top 8 Engineering School - U.S. ) Minor in Economics; First generation college graduate
Work experience(WE): 4 Years at Mat; Mid-Sized Public Company ($3B) s (Year 1: Applications Engineer, Year 2: Promotion to Asst. Product Mgr; Year 3: Promoted to Product Manager - Current)
Country of prior residence: U.A.E (Born and brought up in Dubai, U.A.E -18 years); Country of current residence since 7 years - USA
Age: 26 at matriculation
Gender: M
Extra-curriculars/community: Undergrad: Director of Ideas & Issues committee in the largest student board, Selected as Research Assistant for a top 3 technical university in Europe
Post College - Strong.

Languages: English (fluent); Arabic (fluent); French (basic)

Schools I want to apply to:

School 1: Cornell Johnson

School 2: Dartmouth Tuck

School 3: Duke Fuqua

School 4: Yale SOM

School 5: Carnegie Mellon

School 6: Georgetown

School 7: Chicago Booth

School 8: Wharton

School 9: NYU

School 10: Columbia

School 11: Texas Mccombs
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Re: Low GPA, Decent App = Profile Eval [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2010, 09:25
If you're really gunning for management consulting, you're going to have to focus on the top 16 schools, since that is where the majority of the mgmt consulting recruiting will happen (i.e. that is where the firms will focus most of their recruiting).

Also, limit the number of schools to 5-6, or else you will dilute your efforts across too many schools -- your chances at any one school are actually better by focusing on less schools - but schools where you are a good fit for, rather than taking a scattershot approach.

I trust that you can do your research on this -- go through all the schools' career reports, find out which ones have strong management consulting recruiting, etc.

As for your chances overall, I'd say that you're sort of in range -- schools in the top 8 (Wharton, Booth, etc.) are likely going to be stretches - you'll need some real luck on your side on top of exceptional applications. Schools in the bottom half of the top 16 (Cornell, Yale, NYU) are schools where you'll be competitive for - where you have a reasonable shot. As for schools outside of the top 16 like Texas, Georgetown, etc. -- you should have a pretty good shot of getting in so long as your applications are strong -- but as for specific schools in this range you'll have to do your research in terms of mgmt consulting recruiting.

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Re: Low GPA, Decent App = Profile Eval [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2010, 15:48
Thanks Alex!

I will primarily be applying to the bottom half of the top 16 schools, my main targets are Yale, Cornell, Duke and NYU while applying to a couple of stretch schools like Wharton and Booth.

Thanks again for your insight!
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