First, I want to thank you for your great essay book, I have been using it to guide me with my essays.
I want to get your opinion on where to apply, and whether part-time is better than full-time for a person of my profile. Any advice in these regards will be greatly appreciated.
I am in hi-tech. Indian male 32 years old. Have a Bachelors from IIT Madras (GPA: 3.5/4.0 scale). Have a Masters in EE (4.0). My Gmat score is 770 (50Q,46V,5.5AWA).
I work in a hi-tech start-up in the Bay area. Have 9 years of work-ex, 6 years at the start-up. I have been a project lead for 3 years now. Have been leading a 20 people group for the last 6 months or so. Am also a Senior Architect at the startup.
I can get good recommendations from my boss (Director of Engg) and my CEO.
I don't have too many extra-curricular activities. I have done quite a bit in charity though (funding a school started by my father-in-law etc).
My eventual goal is to either become a VC or start my own company. I applied to Berkeley in R1 for part-time.
Am I too old for a full-time at Stanford, Wharton or Kellog ? What are my chances of getting into any of the top-10 schools? Also, how do I choose between part-time or full-time?
Your advice will help me decide on which way to go. Thanks in advance!
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has helped you, thanks. The factors relevant to deciding whether you apply for full- or part-time include your willingness to leave your career at this point, the opportunity cost factor, and whether you will need the internship opportunities that full-time programs provide. Though part-time programs have the benefit of being easier to get into, you sound like you are only considering them because you think you're too old for full-time programs. I don't think you are. Though you are at the upper edge of the middle 80% for most B-schools, you are not too old to apply to the top schools, and you have a strong profile. You will need to be rock solid on your goals statement--very focused and knowledgeable and spend a little extra time on the Why Now section (why wasn't 3-4 years ago the right time).
The competition will be fierce at Stanford, Wharton, and Kellogg, so I recommend adding a few non "ultra elite" schools to the mix to up your odds. Haas, Tuck, Duke, Georgetown, and USC all have higher average ages than the typical B-school. See our advice for older applicants