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Planning My Approach - 2013 Applications

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Planning My Approach - 2013 Applications [#permalink] New post 29 Feb 2012, 08:03
Hi All,

I was hoping I could get everyone's opinion on a few questions which I'll list at the end of my post. I am looking to apply for 2013 intake, so doing my research now and preparing to write applications this summer.

To start I'm a 26 y/o Canadian born male with a Japanese/Chinese background. Schooling in Canada with a HBBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. I currently work at a large telecommunications company as a Senior Analyst. My role consists primarily of project management from the business side, new product launches, and business KPI/analysis.

From a non-work perspective, I'm on a philanthropy advisory committee with the Red Cross and along with a classmate I've started a not-for-profit online mentoring website which recently launched this January. I also have my CMA (Certified Management Accounting) designation.

I'm looking to apply to an MBA program with the intent of pursuing Management Consulting upon graduation, and would prefer schools within the US and Europe. I scored 700 on my GMAT on my second attempt (47Q, 39V - AWA 5.5). The first time around I scored a 680 (47Q, 36V - AWA 6.0).

At this point in time I've narrowed my options down to about 6 schools. Kellogg, INSEAD, LBS, Tuck, Ross, and Johnson. I was hoping for some feedback on this forum regarding the following questions.

1. What are my prospects on the 6 schools I am considering applying to?
2. Is 6 schools too many to apply to?
3. I'm looking at splitting 3 and 3 for R1 and R2, but I'm having trouble with deciding how I want to split them? My preference of location is listed in the same order as above.
4. Other than starting to re-vamp my resume and narrow down my contacts for my LoR - are there any recommendations on what I can do until applications are released?
5. What's the best way to monitor when the school applications are released so I can get a start on them ASAP?

Thanks in advance for your assistance!
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Re: Planning My Approach - 2013 Applications [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 09:03
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1. From what I have read here, with that list of six schools you can hope for an admit.
2. No.
3. I would go four and two if you can manage it. As for which schools first, usually that needs a personalized discussion. But in general: The ones you most want to go to and the ones where it gives you a bigger advantage (like Johnson or Tuck, where you can work hard to show them that you really LOVE their school, and fit)
4. YES! a) RESEARCH the schools - start making a Word document with all of the unique factors of each school which apply SPECIFICALLY to you and your goals b) VISIT c) SPEAK with alumni and Students
5. Visit this site and the school sites regularly come June. Or ask us!
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