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Not aiming at elite schools, but aiming for good schools

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Not aiming at elite schools, but aiming for good schools [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2007, 12:09
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29 year old male
Vietnamese American
6 years software engineer for Defense company

Education
3.4 GPA University of Texas at Austin Business
GMAT 620

Extracarricular while employed full time
2 years life insurance rep with one paid employee (generated large client base)
2 years personal trainer

Order of favorite schools
Georgetown med: 665
Vanderbilt med:640
Rice med:640
SMU med:640


Most of my leadership and extracurricular have been through part time sales positions. Along with my analytical abilities and soft skills acquired in sales, I want to go to Georgetown. Is it a long shot with my GMAT score? Or should I save my money and not apply?
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Re: Not aiming at elite schools, but aiming for good schools [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2007, 20:30
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RycherX wrote:
Background
29 year old male
Vietnamese American
6 years software engineer for Defense company

Education
3.4 GPA University of Texas at Austin Business
GMAT 620

Extracarricular while employed full time
2 years life insurance rep with one paid employee (generated large client base)
2 years personal trainer

Order of favorite schools
Georgetown med: 665
Vanderbilt med:640
Rice med:640
SMU med:640


Most of my leadership and extracurricular have been through part time sales positions. Along with my analytical abilities and soft skills acquired in sales, I want to go to Georgetown. Is it a long shot with my GMAT score? Or should I save my money and not apply?


RycherX,

Your 620 puts you at the lower edge of the middle 80% of GMAT scores for Georgetown. So, yes, you are a longshot, but not a hopeless one. Some longshots do get admitted, but it's because they show that every other part of their application compensates for the negative. Your GPA at a good school will also help show them that your GMAT score may not be indicative. You need to write compelling essays full of personality and leadership stories and you need to build a big network at Georgetown and talk about it in your Why Georgetown essay. The odds are against you but I won't tell you to not bother applying. Also make sure you get outstanding reco letters.

Good luck,

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