I just came across this board in my internet searches. I am happy that I discovered it - there appears to be a wealth of great information here.
I am preparing to apply to b-school for Fall 2006 admission. I would greatly appreciate it if you would evaluate my chances of being accepted at Darden, Georgetown and Cornell. If you have any other schools to suggest that would be great.
My stats are:
-26 year old, female, caucasian
-Graduated with a Communications degree from Penn State, 3.1 overall GPA/3.7 GPA in my major. I had a business minor and unfortunately I received mostly Bs and Cs in the business courses I took.
-I am taking the GMATs in August. Based on my practice test scores, I am aiming for a 690.
-I work as a Strategic Marketing Manager for an international medical healthcare publisher. By the time I begin my MBA I will have 4 years of full time work experience. I have shown career progression - I have been promoted approximately once every 12 months.
-I was actively involved in community service for 3 years of college. I am currently a weekly volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House and I am the Community Service Chairperson on the board of my local alumni association.
-I think that I should receive positive recommendations from both of my recommenders.
-Although I do not have international work experience I lived outside of the US for 3 years during my childhood.
I am concerned that my relatively low GPA will be a negative factor in my application packet. At this point I do not have time to take quantitative courses to improve upon this aspect of my application. Do you think that a GMAT score of 690 will suffice for these schools?
Any insight you can offer would be much appreciated.
You are probably OK with your current GPA and GMAT at Georgetown (although recent A's won't hurt), but the combination of below average GPA for Darden and Cornell, poor grades in business courses, and a strictly average GMAT for Darden will hurt you at Darden for sure and maybe at Cornell. I think it would be a great idea for you to take some business classes and earn A's in them, even if you end up retaking classes you took as an undergrad. I hope you can somehow squeeze in the time, especially if you want to have a serious shot at Darden.
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