Hello ttreads, thanks for your question.
Your GPA is slightly on the low side, but not a significant challenge. Your overall GMAT is fine, but I worry a bit about the quantitative score. I typically recommend 80% on each side for the top programs. If you did not prep and that was your first try, I would think you could raise that score.
I think you have a compelling story, and after all, your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience in and out of work – more than your current GMAT score. To the degree that you can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led – influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative – you will make yourself more competitive.
In terms of your post-MBA goals, paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. I think your real estate experience ties in nicely with your future goals; that story seems logical. But, you will also need to demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Couldn’t you make that transition without an MBA, since you have industry experience and analytical skills? How exactly will an MBA help you? You will need to address that question.
If you can improve that GMAT quantitative score, I think you’d have a shot at all the SoCal schools and could reach for more. I think Stanford and Wharton are bigger reaches, but that doesn’t mean don’t give it a shot! Your GMAT and experience could put you in play.
Best of luck!
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