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My profile...what are the odds of getting in?

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My profile...what are the odds of getting in? [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2011, 11:09
1) Basic demographic info: 26 (28 at Matriculation), Male, White

2) Educational Background: Finance - Major, Accounting - Minor, 3.0 from top tier liberal arts, 710, considering doing some language courses as those were the biggest contributor to the low GPA

3) Work experience: 3 yeas as a Financial Analyst at IBM (5 at matriculation). Held 3 positions so far, first was an entry level role, second was a 1 year role in Canada, 3rd was a promotion to a consolidation role as a dotted line manager of 15 FA's in 10 different countries. Plan on getting another role in 6 months time which would be a promotion later on down the line.

4) Extracurriculars: For the past two years have been a mentor to elementary school children through an IBM sponsored program. Spent a summer teaching water ski lessons for a non profit organization. Plan to participate in IBM's Corporate Service Corps which is a one month assignment in a developing country doing Peace-Corps type work.

5) Short/Long term goals: I hope upon graduation to get into management consulting, from there not sure.

6) Schools: The schools which I plan on applying to are Tuck, Ross, Johnson (Cornell), and Fuqua, with Tuck being my first choice.

I would appreciate any advice on things I could do to beef up my chances, basically I know I need to make up for my GPA...

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Re: My profile...what are the odds of getting in? [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2011, 17:07
Don't worry too much about your GPA; what's done is done. If you want, you can consider building up an alternative transcript by enrolling in some quant classes (and ace them). This will give you the benefit of doubt when adcoms view your profile. Overall, I think your school choices are wise and that you know the target of your score. Tuck is great for consulting, but if I were you, I'd also throw in Kellogg. Kellogg attracts MC recruiters, and for some odd reason, McKinsey LOVES kellogg MBAs. But with Tuck, Fuqua, and Cornell Johnson, I think you have a shot at making it at least one of them. If you want, also consider Michigan Ross, Berkeley Haas, and UVA Darden, all have very strong recruiting in the consulting industry.
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Re: My profile...what are the odds of getting in? [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 05:30
OK thanks, I'll probably take some classes in Stats and Calc to shore up my chances...I'm a little surprised you mention Kellogg I'd figure they would be far out of my reach
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Re: My profile...what are the odds of getting in? [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 06:39
I think you're not shoo-in at kellogg, but I don't know you're not admissible at kellogg. You said you got a 3.0 from a top liberal art college, colleges such as william&mary. These colleges are very well known around the country, especially in the adcom's eyes. 3.0 is below average, certainly, but you have a 710 on GMAT that can make it up as well. Your work experience, and the fact that you work for IBM, is going to play a big role in the admission process as well. Kellogg is one of the top of the top and is known for (partly) its strong consulting track. I do think you have a shot, but I just wouldn't bet all my money on kellogg, but rather, I'd diversify the school list, just as you have done.
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Re: My profile...what are the odds of getting in? [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2011, 02:32
Hello Jason


Since you are aiming for top schools then a score above 700 is desirable. Also the GMAT alone won’t determine your chances of admission; your work experience plays a vital role as well. You need to ensure that academically you are in a good position. However it is not just the academics but beyond the academics that will help you in determining your candidature.

Although you might need to prove to the admission committee that your GPA won’t be an issue. If you can tell in your application about the skills that you gained at work and beyond in the areas you had scored low-you need to indicate a positive learning.
Make sure you follow the ‘show rather than tell’ principle so that the admissions committee could really understand your strengths and differentiating factors.”

However it is not just the academics but beyond the academics that will help you in determining your candidature. Since you are coming from military- logistic related background this could help you in differentiating your profile from other candidates. This could be a ‘hook’ that will be key to your application

It is not just the work experience that counts but also what you did there like-what were your achievements, what initiative you took, what changes you drove in your workplace etc. So if you can show that in 3 years you have demonstrated the skills business schools are looking for you could still put in a strong set of essays and if not then you should try to improve your GMAT score.

Although it’s advisable to have some safe schools in your list.
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Re: My profile...what are the odds of getting in?   [#permalink] 16 Jun 2011, 02:32
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