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Need Help in shortlisting schools [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 12:08
Hi

Request you to please go through my profile & suggest the schools that suit my profile the most.

My Profile:

23 year old women MBA aspirant from India applying for FALL 2010

Academic Background:

GMAT-710 (Q49 V38) AWA:4.5

Educational Qualification-BE (Electronics & Telecom),Mumbai University

GPA-3.25

Extra CurricularActivities-
As the Joint Cultural secretary of Student Council in college i was in charge of organising several techno-cultural events and raising funds for the needy. Was one of the contributors to making the college festival a part of the college tradition fighting all odds.
In addition to this one prizes in inter-college dance competitions & been an active sports person at college & school level.

Professional Background:
Work Experience- Currently 2 yrs, Will have 2yrs 10months(i.e almost 3yrs) by the time i join school in Aug 2010.

Quality of experience:
Joined a mid sized IT firm as a programmer trainee. Switched my career path from software development to project management. Worked as the Project Management Officer for a project which was in deep trouble at the time i joined. On successful completion i was promoted to the Project Management Office of an entire delivery unit consisting of 80 such projects within 4 months. Currently working in the Project Management Office for the North American Accounts and majorly responsible for ensuring process compliance & adherence and financial data analysis.

Extra Curriculars-
Active part of the CSR mwith a special focus towards children. Mentoring kids from the slums of Mankhurd as a part of a mentorship program. Spend festivals like christmas & diwali performing special programs for street children and taken them for picnics. Part of tree plantation drives, clean up drives, environ mental awareness drives,etc.

MBA Aspirations:
Interested in doing an MBA in General Management from a university with good placements. An MBA would help me grow in my current role & give me the authority to take up larger responsibilities.

Shortlisted Colleges (In no particular order):
Based on my aspirations i have shortlisted the following colleges
1.Boston University
2.Boston College (Caroll)
3.Penn State (Smeal)
4.UC Davis
5.UC Irvine
6.UC San Diego (Rady school of Buisness)
7.UCLA
8.USC (Marshall)
9.Rice
10.Simon School of buisness (Rochester)
11.George Town
12.UT Austin (Mc Combs)
13.Indian School of Buisness- Hyderabad
14.Great lakes -Chennai

Now I'm having a tough time shortlisting the 7 colleges i should apply to. Can you pls suggest the Top 7-8 colleges suitable for me, to which i should apply and i have good chance of getting admitted to. Also it would be of great help if you can highlight the strong & weak points in my application and the means to highlight/overcome them.


Thanks a lot for the help in advance.
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Re: Need Help in shortlisting schools [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 09:29
My suggestion is to work for 1-2 more years before applying.

As for which schools to apply to, I really don't know as you've listed a seemingly random list of schools based on some vague goals (i.e. "I just want to go to a school that will get me good jobs"). Do you want to live in California? Cleveland? Pittsburgh? India? Choosing schools should be based on personal preferences - where you want to live, big vs small school, the kinds of students at the school (you can get a very basic sense of that from the school's websites and student club websites and the career placement reports). You seem to have chosen schools that are within your reach, so it comes down to where you want to be and forming your own personal opinions, which is something I can't do for you.
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