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Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2011, 09:01
Hello all,

Currently I am attending a nameless undergraduate school and was wondering what are the chances of getting into an ivy league MBA program? Do MBA programs care a lot about what school you went to for your undergrad? Is life over if you went to an average state school?

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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2011, 14:16
There are so many people at top bschools who have studied at unknown undergrad programs. If you can get a good work experience and build a strong profile, you can definitely get into a top school. Focus a lot on achievements and leadership wherever you are. Good luck!

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Currently I am attending a nameless undergraduate school and was wondering what are the chances of getting into an ivy league MBA program? Do MBA programs care a lot about what school you went to for your undergrad? Is life over if you went to an average state school?

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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2011, 17:33
it doesn't matter, I've got a friend that went to Georgia Southern University (GSU) and got into the HBS program before he graduated.

GSU doesn't rank even in the top 200 schools in the U.S.
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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2011, 04:45
Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Just obtain good GMAT Scores and create a strong overall profile for your applications.
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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2011, 19:01
http://www.hbs.edu/mba/admissions/class ... tions.html

I can't find the link that showed numbers from each school but it gives the same impression as the above: lots of variety.
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If you have an average GPA from an unknown school - then your chances are much less than if you have a 4.0 or 3.9
I think you have a chance even if you are a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond but if you are a small fish in a small pond - why admit you?
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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2011, 02:57
That certainly syncs with my one experience with a girl from Taiwan, I am sorry to say. The fact that I have two doctorates certainly "turns some heads" when it comes out in conversation when I'm in China.

When is it appropriate to reveal one's educational accomplishments? I try to hold off in any potential romantic relationships because I am afraid of negative effects – either being too enticing to "gold digging" behaviour as you described or simply that it may frighten the poor girl off before she has a chance to realise that I'm a "regular guy" who just happened to earn advanced degrees along the way. Having one doctorate intimdates some people, having two intimidates even more. I don't like intimidating people, but given what Crystal has said about men being evaluated in part by their accomplishments, it concerns me if I ever find myself "looking" again. (I'm not planning on it.)
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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 14:40
bb wrote:
If you have an average GPA from an unknown school - then your chances are much less than if you have a 4.0 or 3.9
I think you have a chance even if you are a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond but if you are a small fish in a small pond - why admit you?


bb, please explain to me what would be an "average GPA" from a nameless or unknown undergraduate school.
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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 23 Apr 2012, 08:59
3.3-3.4 is considered as an average GPA.

School name has a little value but more importantly is the combination of GPA, GMAT, Work Experience and your story. As a rule of thumb, espeically if you come from a no name school is that all 4 criterion should be pretty good and if, for instance your GPA is average/below average, you need to stand out on the other 3 criterion.

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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2012, 23:56
Just tell them you don't believe in paying $50,000 a year for an education. Oh, the irony!

But seriously, as others have noted, applications are generally reviewed holistically. Some schools might have a set formula, others might not. Either way, a perceived weakness in one area of your application needs to be offset by an advantage of similar magnitude.
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Re: Nameless Undergrad to Ivy League? [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2012, 21:00
As long as you can bring something to the table you have a great chance.

Focus on leadership, extra-curricular.

Get a 700+ GMAT with stellar recommendations and before you know it you're already graduating in a top10 business school.

My aunt always says, "what the heart can conceive the mind can achieve!"
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