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Odds of getting into a good B-School? [#permalink] New post 27 May 2010, 07:30
Hello, just wondering what my odds would be at getting into a top business school/ what I might be able to do to improve those odds.

Caucasian, Male
GMAT – 720 (Q-37, V-41)
Northwestern
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GPA 2.98
2 years Business Analyst & Project Management Experience at a boutique IT consulting firm
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Re: Odds of getting into a good B-School? [#permalink] New post 29 May 2010, 13:41
At a glance the GPA sticks out. I've seen B average (3.0) as a minimum req. for many schools in Canada... lots of which aren't even considered "top" schools.

In your title you said "good" b-school though... good is not the same as top, so some clarification would be good there.

IMO there are a lot of applicants out there who will be able to contend with that GMAT score and also flat out beat you GPA wise. You might have some difficulty with schools that prefer more work experience than less... but 2 years minimum is not uncommon.

Seems to me like you're flirting with a lot of the minimum requirements, and unless you have an absolutely brilliant and captivating life/work story to knock the adcom off their heels with, you probably need to either a) boost that GPA by taking some more courses (doing that part-time so you can still bank work exp. time) or b) adjust your expectations and maybe aim for schools that aren't going to have scrutinize so much over GPAs.

Remember, just because the "top" schools are hyped up doesn't mean they're the right fit for everyone. You have to disentangle how much of their reputation is actually based on the quality of the education/experience and how much is a product of being in the limelight for so long. :) It's ultimately up to YOU to make the most out of b-school (and in any other of life's ventures), and if you start thinking your life will be undervalued if you don't go to what is purportedly one of the "top" schools then you set yourself up for failure.

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Re: Odds of getting into a good B-School? [#permalink] New post 31 May 2010, 17:30
the low Q score might raise some eyebrows, especially coupled with your sub-3.0 GPA. retaking the GMAT with a 700 score might not be the best usage of your time/money, but it might be something you can do to improve your chances.
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Re: Odds of getting into a good B-School? [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 17:03
'GMAT – 720 (Q-37, V-41)'

Is this accurate? Q37, V41 should be a 650...
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Re: Odds of getting into a good B-School? [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2010, 10:03
I was going to say. I had a V-42 Q-43 and I got a 700.
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Re: Odds of getting into a good B-School? [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2010, 09:25
I think a solution to raise that GPA would be to take some extension courses at a university or at a community college.
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