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Paul - I need your help [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2007, 15:54
I applied this year with the profile:
5 years work experience, 1 as a paralegal in nyc, 4 working for a commercial real estate company starting as assistant gm, moved to gm, and became double location gm in late november (after most apps were in).

Undergrad GPA 2.55 from Boston University
Taken 2 additional courses at local community college - Intro to business and accounting I - got A's in both. Currently enrolled in accounting II.

GMAT - applied with a 640 - just bumped that up to a 710 in early march.

Schools applied to:
Cornell - dinged w/ interview
Yale - dinged
UVA-Darden - wait listed
USC Marshall - wait listed
Kellogg - dinged

So I am really looking at applying again next year - I know I am on 2 wait lists and Darden happens to be my top choice, but I have a feeling the wait lists wont be utilized this year. I could be wrong but it seems to be going that way.

My question to you is - what would you recommend I do in the off season to better my chances of admission next fall? I plan on taking more course work - probably statistics and something else. What schools do you think I will have a competitive shot at? I would like to stay in the elites if possible but I also want to be realistic.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2007, 00:55
Well my friend, honestly, the 2.55 GPA w/ a 710 GPA is what's holding you back... neither really blows them away, you're competing against guys with 4.0's and 700+'s. I know where you're coming from, my GPA is crap too.. You have some solid work experience though. How old are you? I would just say keep trying, and keep yourself busy in the meantime. You have to make an impression on them. Perseverance is impressive too, do not give up. I would say take a few weeks to write a very convincing essay as to why they should let you in, sounds like you're going to make a lot of money in your lifetime... maybe hint at a nice donation? ;) Best of luck my friend!
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Re: Paul - I need your help [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2007, 18:50
OasisNYK wrote:
I applied this year with the profile:
5 years work experience, 1 as a paralegal in nyc, 4 working for a commercial real estate company starting as assistant gm, moved to gm, and became double location gm in late november (after most apps were in).

Undergrad GPA 2.55 from Boston University
Taken 2 additional courses at local community college - Intro to business and accounting I - got A's in both. Currently enrolled in accounting II.

GMAT - applied with a 640 - just bumped that up to a 710 in early march.

Schools applied to:
Cornell - dinged w/ interview
Yale - dinged
UVA-Darden - wait listed
USC Marshall - wait listed
Kellogg - dinged

So I am really looking at applying again next year - I know I am on 2 wait lists and Darden happens to be my top choice, but I have a feeling the wait lists wont be utilized this year. I could be wrong but it seems to be going that way.

My question to you is - what would you recommend I do in the off season to better my chances of admission next fall? I plan on taking more course work - probably statistics and something else. What schools do you think I will have a competitive shot at? I would like to stay in the elites if possible but I also want to be realistic.

Thanks in advance for your input.


OasisNYK,

You didn't mention your goals so it's difficult to recommend schools, but certainly you should try reapplying at USC and Darden if they ding you (you should now be waging a vigorous wait-list campaign at both school). If you think you can up your GMAT by 20 point or more without extreme anguish that might help to compensate further for your GPA. Otherwise, you didn't mention community, so perhaps your profile is weak there. In that case, spend the next year in a leadership role with an organization your care about, i.e., one where you are leading teams or having a say in the organization's future (not just tutoring etc.). Perhaps you should be aiming for schools like Cornell, Texas, and UNC.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2007, 04:58
Hi Paul -

In addition to my work experience, in undergrad I served 4 years on the student council (2 as VP and 2 as President). Currently I sit on the board of advisor's of a non profit organization that raises funds for the blind and the deaf.

As far as my goals are concerned, I am interested in moving from the sales side of commercial real estate over to the development side - I would ultimately like to own my own business.

I am waging my wait list campaign - mostly at Darden, but I have sent a couple of updates to USC as well. I dont think either school has taken people off their lists yet (probably not happening until late April or early May at this point).

Darden specifically asked me to retake the GMAT and they were very pleased with my new score - but I am still on the wait list so I am a little worried since it is getting late into the acceptance season and this was a very competitive year.

Thanks for your input,

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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2007, 11:15
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Hi Paul -

In addition to my work experience, in undergrad I served 4 years on the student council (2 as VP and 2 as President). Currently I sit on the board of advisor's of a non profit organization that raises funds for the blind and the deaf.

As far as my goals are concerned, I am interested in moving from the sales side of commercial real estate over to the development side - I would ultimately like to own my own business.

I am waging my wait list campaign - mostly at Darden, but I have sent a couple of updates to USC as well. I dont think either school has taken people off their lists yet (probably not happening until late April or early May at this point).

Darden specifically asked me to retake the GMAT and they were very pleased with my new score - but I am still on the wait list so I am a little worried since it is getting late into the acceptance season and this was a very competitive year.

Thanks for your input,

Mike


Mike,

Thanks for the clarifications. You seem competitive, so hang in there with your wait-list campaigns.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2007, 11:16
OasisNYK wrote:
Hi Paul -

In addition to my work experience, in undergrad I served 4 years on the student council (2 as VP and 2 as President). Currently I sit on the board of advisor's of a non profit organization that raises funds for the blind and the deaf.

As far as my goals are concerned, I am interested in moving from the sales side of commercial real estate over to the development side - I would ultimately like to own my own business.

I am waging my wait list campaign - mostly at Darden, but I have sent a couple of updates to USC as well. I dont think either school has taken people off their lists yet (probably not happening until late April or early May at this point).

Darden specifically asked me to retake the GMAT and they were very pleased with my new score - but I am still on the wait list so I am a little worried since it is getting late into the acceptance season and this was a very competitive year.

Thanks for your input,

Mike


Mike,

Thanks for the clarifications. You seem competitive, so hang in there with your wait-list campaigns.

Good luck,
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2007, 06:18
Thanks Paul - I am still hanging in there but the wait gets tougher each day. I am pretty sure I wont hear anything until after the deposit deadlines - but do you have any idea when waitlister typically begin to hear responses? Have you heard anything that might be relevant to this years applicants?

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Apr 2007, 10:29
OasisNYK wrote:
Thanks Paul - I am still hanging in there but the wait gets tougher each day. I am pretty sure I wont hear anything until after the deposit deadlines - but do you have any idea when waitlister typically begin to hear responses? Have you heard anything that might be relevant to this years applicants?

Thanks,
Mike


Mike,

As a general rule, April and May is when you start to see more wait-list activity.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2007, 05:25
Hi Paul -

I am proud to say that I have been offered acceptance at Darden - the wait list paid off!

Thank you for your help.

Regards,

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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2007, 11:11
OasisNYK wrote:
Hi Paul -

I am proud to say that I have been offered acceptance at Darden - the wait list paid off!

Thank you for your help.

Regards,

Mike


Mike,

Congratulations, that's a big fish to land. Have fun in Charlottesville.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 May 2007, 16:27
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OasisNYK wrote:
Hi Paul -

I am proud to say that I have been offered acceptance at Darden - the wait list paid off!

Thank you for your help.

Regards,

Mike


Mike,

Congratulations, that's a big fish to land. Have fun in Charlottesville.


Yes I am very happy - Darden was my top choice and it couldn't have worked out any better. Charlottesville is a fantastic place and I can't wait to get down there and get started.
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