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MBA School advise [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 03:31
Hello Alex,

Thanks so much for the great service. Could you help me a bit?

- 31 YR / MALE / Middle Eastern mix.
- Undergrad GPA: 3.1 (TOP Engineering School in US)
- GMAT: 700 (Q47, V 40, AWA 5.0)
- Experience: 2 years Telecom Engineering, 4.5 yrs Energy Engineering, 1.5 Energy Management. Total 8 years.
- Misc: Very good recommendations. Experience working in / living in North America, Asia, Europe and Africa. (Extensively). Avergae Extra Curric. in undergrad, Little afterward.

I am looking to get a finance/strategy background to help progress my career in the energy sector. I have already applied to HBS, Haas, Stern and Marshall for Fall 2010 in R2. I would like to apply to 2 more schools in R3. Advise needed. I was considering either Johnson or Kellogg in the US and either LBS or IE Business School (in case I cannot get me US visa or get no admission in the US).

Q1) Could you tell me if I have picked realistic schools given my profile?
Q2) Can you tell me if it is better to apply to Cornell or Northwestern? I have studied the difference and would be happy in either school, but I would like to know if you have any idea of which is a 'safer' application (i.e. easier to gain admission at this point of the admission cycle). What do you think of my choices of LBS and IE? Since this is my backup, can you recommend any other school that would suit this purpose better?

Thanks for any advise. I understand that applying to an MBA prog. is a personal decision, but would like your suggestions based on my profile and concern.


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Re: MBA School advise [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 16:39
Sit tight.

I don't think you need to apply for R3 schools because you should have a respectable shot at getting into one of the schools you already applied to, and also because your chances in R3 are going to be a stretch at best, and slim to none at worst. By the end of 2 rounds, the majority of the spots will have been filled, on top of some extremely qualified waitlist candidates - so the adcom can be very selective in R3.

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Re: MBA School advise   [#permalink] 04 Feb 2010, 16:39
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