I'm new to the site but this looks to be like one of the best resources i've stumbled upon.
My GPA is not the greatest, but I am getting a dual degree (undergrad) in Mechanical Engineering and Operations Management (Business School) from the University of Maryland, College Park.
GMAT practice scores seem to be solid (Mid to high 700's), but my GPA is only a 3.3
As far as work experience goes -- I've coordinated the engineering recruitment program, was a research assistant for an IS professor at the business school here and designed the database architecture for presenting and storing his findings. I've also worked at a database marketing firm for the last 2 years. I started as an intern, then came on part time as a developer. I now run their internship program, work as a developer, and as a business systems analyst.
Other creds would include the university honors program, and being in a 3 year consulting based / client facing program that combines business/engineering/physical sciences students and is considered the most competitive at our school to get into (http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/QUEST/
So everything being laid out -- I know my GPA kind of sucks. it's a 3.3. Everything else seems to be pretty solid, but I really don't know enough about business school to decide whether or not the top tier schools are worth applying to.
I'm guessing my chances of going straight from undergrad are pretty much null -- but what about if I worked at my firm or one of the DC consulting firms for a year or so?
Sorry about being so general with my questions, I'm just really new to all this.
Thanks ahead of time for your responses.