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Please evaluate a potential '11 reject [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2011, 09:34
I applied to MIT, Georgetown, University of Maryland and so far have been accepted to Smith. Georgetown releases their decision on March 25 (I applied to the part-time program) but I have not been invited to interview with them yet -- so obviously chances are very slim.

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Indian American origin -- born in India, but we immigrated when I was 4.

Undergrad: Boston University, BS Electrical Engineering, GPA: 2.68/4.0 while enrolled in Air Force ROTC. I was the president of the Indian Club @ BU and the Vice-President of the Arnold Air Society (community service organization in AF ROTC)

GMAT: First score was 550...2nd score was 620 (44Q, 29V, 6.0AWA). Still low.

Professional Experience: 3 years as a commissioned officer in the US Air Force all working in Germany except for being deployed to the Middle East for 6 months fighting in the "War on Terror". While in Germany, I implemented Kaizen to the AF IT system and consolidated 96 call centers to one focal point that I was responsible for -- managed 60 troops at the age of 24 and worked with the UK, Spain, Greece and Italy. 4 star general at the Pentagon visited my work and directed to implement that AF wide. While deployed, I set up the communication system for former Pres. Bush and Dr. Rice's visit to the battlefield along with several 4 star generals.

Now -- I work in construction management and have worked for Top Secret projects and a $330 million data center.

Extracurricular: lots of volunteering -- cleaning up parks/rivers/schools. Volunteering at food pantries and with tutoring children. Active with my undergrad alumni association in my city as a volunteer and intramural sports athlete.

Aspirations: Long term - start my own international real estate development company (focusing on brownfield redevelopment). Short term: Work with developers or a REIT or in green energy consulting.
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Question 1 - Do I reject Smith in hopes of applying with a better GMAT score next year? I plan on taking prep classes to solidify my chances of getting a 700+ on it. My GPA is something I can't control anymore and my professional experience is something that won't increase too much in a year. However, I am planning on becoming LEED accredited by this summer -- something else I can add to the resume. No offense whatsoever to Smith, but I feel for what I want to do, I may need to attend a more reputable school. Thoughts? The downside is, if I say no to Smith and don't get into any school next year -- I'm basically done as far as an MBA goes since I doubt I can reapply to Smith next yr after saying no to it this year. Or can I?

Question 2 - With everything remaining at the status quo except my GMAT's going up to 700+ and LEED accreditation, what are my chances at Columbia (pretty awesome RE program), NYU, Haas, Georgetown, MIT, Kellogg, Booth -- and INSEAD or LBS for international schools? I am contemplating on hiring a consultant to possibly 'brand' myself better than I have this year -- or maybe my recommendations were awful (my boss did submit all recommendations on the same day the day before he left for his Christmas vacation).

I sincerely appreciate your opinion on these matters. Thank you so much.

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Re: Please evaluate a potential '11 reject [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2011, 01:37
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question one --I certainly hope that you found out whether or not you got into Georgetown. I hope the result was positive.
If you are still considering whether or not to reject Smith, I would ask them for a deferral. Basically that is asking them for the option to attend next year for "personal reasons."
I would definitely work on getting your GMAT up. It does not sound like you are too far past the age of 27 or 28. If not, you still have another year or so in your "prime" MBA age. Take the time to get the GMAT up and you could be the beneficiary of scholarships as well as admittance to a higher ranked school. I know you want to go into consulting, but Smith -- even though it is a good program -- is not necessarily going to get your foot in the door at a lot of consultancies.
what I would do is this -- take a look at the career center or employment statistics for Smith as well as some other schools that you believe you could get into with a higher GMAT score. See how many people go back into consulting. If the percentage is low at Smith, and they will not let you defer, I would not attend.

question two -- your chances really do not look that great at these programs. Your GPA is simply too low. I know that you have a lot of excellent work experience and leadership activity, but it is not enough to overcome the slow performance. With respect to rebranding, you are going to want to explain that you have to work full-time as an undergraduate in order to support yourself. This is why your undergraduate grades are so low. This is not a perfect excuse, but it is one that works to a certain extent -- only a true of course. So what can you do now? I would consider taking a couple of online classes in finance and accounting to help bolster your undergraduate GPA. The name of the school does not matter, the classroom format does not matter, the only thing that matters is you get an A in the class. if you manage to do all this-- consider applying to some schools in the 15 to 20 range.

I hope this helps.

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Paul Lanzillotti

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Question 1 - Do I reject Smith in hopes of applying with a better GMAT score next year? I plan on taking prep classes to solidify my chances of getting a 700+ on it. My GPA is something I can't control anymore and my professional experience is something that won't increase too much in a year. However, I am planning on becoming LEED accredited by this summer -- something else I can add to the resume. No offense whatsoever to Smith, but I feel for what I want to do, I may need to attend a more reputable school. Thoughts? The downside is, if I say no to Smith and don't get into any school next year -- I'm basically done as far as an MBA goes since I doubt I can reapply to Smith next yr after saying no to it this year. Or can I?

Question 2 - With everything remaining at the status quo except my GMAT's going up to 700+ and LEED accreditation, what are my chances at Columbia (pretty awesome RE program), NYU, Haas, Georgetown, MIT, Kellogg, Booth -- and INSEAD or LBS for international schools? I am contemplating on hiring a consultant to possibly 'brand' myself better than I have this year -- or maybe my recommendations were awful (my boss did submit all recommendations on the same day the day before he left for his Christmas vacation).

I sincerely appreciate your opinion on these matters. Thank you so much.

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Re: Please evaluate a potential '11 reject [#permalink] New post 31 May 2011, 10:38
Thanks for your input Paul! I really do appreciate it. I'm pleased to say that I don't need to worry about it anymore as I was accepted into Georgetown after being waitlisted and submitted additional information of what I had done between my application and the spring deadline.

Could I have gone to a 'better ranking' school with a higher GMAT score and an alternate transcript to boost my undergrad GPA? Who knows -- but I really like Georgetown even if some consider it '2nd tier'. They just hired Duke's Real Estate Director and Harvard's Associate Dean. I'm sure it'll increase in ranking.
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Re: Please evaluate a potential '11 reject [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 15:29
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Sorry for the delay on this, but I wanted to say that I'm glad this worked out. Good for G'Town for investing in someone with your potential and ability for being willing to "eat" the lower score. They will get a great return on their investment, I'm confident of that.

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