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21 Mar 2013, 06:25
You're young with great stats. Without knowing you, I think you just haven't had enough leadership opportunities to display in your essays/resume and you should actively seek those out - both in and out of the work place. I would give it another go. Sure McDonough is nice, but do you want to go there wondering what if I re-applied to Kellogg, Columbia, etc? The MBA only happens once. Delaying by a year may be worth it.
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21 Mar 2013, 08:01
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I completely agree with CobraKai here. Georgetown seems like a good program, but I think you can do better. And, you can only play the MBA card once, so you don't want to waste it. If I were in your shoes, I'd try again and focus on schools 4-15.

Given your goals, I'm really surprised you didn't apply to Fuqua. I'm interested in consulting, so I can tell you that Fuqua places very well at many of the top firms. I've also heard that brand management is huge there, too. Looking more broadly, I could definitely see you getting into at least one school at the Fuqua/Ross/Darden level and perhaps a school in the top 10 (Kellogg?).

Thanks for the input! Fuqua is a program that really interests me on paper but that I wrote off due to location and didn't look much into until after I had applied. Yale is also in that boat. I really wanted a school in a major city, which I still feel I would prefer, but there are also some personal factors which may not be as relevant if I am deferring for a year. I also was recently in North Carolina and enjoyed it much more than I expected.

Makes sense. One of the problems with focusing only on schools in major metropolitan areas is that their acceptance rates are usually super low (as you know). Whereas the acceptance rates for Wharton, Stern, Sloan, HBS, CBS, and Kellogg are all 11-20%, the acceptance rates at Duke, Ross, and Darden are 25%-40%. Just something else to keep in mind!
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21 Mar 2013, 11:20
I think you should wait a year as well. I completely agree with kingfalcon that you need to apply to schools like Ross/Darden/Duke instead of so many top 10 programs.
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Re: McDonough ($$) vs. deferring for a year [#permalink] ### Show Tags 21 Mar 2013, 13:14 3 This post received KUDOS I agree with what everyone else has said. I think you're definitely on the young side and could benefit from another year of work experience. Your stats are great so if you execute your essays (and story) properly I agree you should definitely be able to get into a school that is higher ranked (though I've heard great things about Georgetown from people who went there). I also think that now that you have been through the application process you will be able to actively do things at work that will help you have good leadership stories. Maybe before you wouldn't have been so inclined to take on a special project, but now that you know they want to hear about ways you've shown leadership at work or have experiences at work that fit in line with your goals, you'll be able to actively make some good stories happen. Not sure if your work experience now translates to your career goals, but I would definitely make sure that your prior work experience somehow has prepared you for your goals (doesn't have to be obvious, I would just caution away from a complete career change story) and that you are clearly explaining your motivations for your goals. I really think that is the most important aspect of the essays - having clear career goals and explaining how the work you have done to date prepares you for MBA and future and how the MBA is essential to getting to where you want to be. Good luck! Manager Joined: 28 May 2012 Posts: 130 Location: United States Concentration: Strategy, Marketing GMAT 1: 710 Q43 V45 GMAT 2: 700 Q42 V42 GMAT 3: 760 Q48 V48 GPA: 3.51 WE: Marketing (Consulting) Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 45 [0], given: 27 Re: McDonough ($$$) vs. deferring for a year [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Mar 2013, 06:12 Thank you everyone for the input! I appreciate the help. As of now my plan will be to go to admit weekend at McDonough with an open mind and see what it has to offer, but I see some definite benefits to deferring. Re: McDonough ($$) vs. deferring for a year [#permalink] 22 Mar 2013, 06:12 Similar topics Replies Last post Similar Topics: Mendoza$$$ vs McDonough 1 27 Dec 2016, 03:22
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