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please evaluate fall 2012 chances,got 7 dings this year,ouch [#permalink]
27 Mar 2011, 04:36
hi, I am from eastern europe I graduated from UPenn engineering with 3.60 and have a 730 gmat average ECs both at and after college currently wiorking in IB in my home country.. in June I will have exactly two years of full time experience and if I got accepted for the fall 2012 term, I will have a little more than 3 years of WE at matriculation.
this year I applied to 7 schools all in R2 and columbia at Jan 15th - columbia, harvard, stanford ding w/o int - chicago, nyu, yale , wharton ding w / int
anyways I think one of the reasons I got dings was my lack of WE and I started working on the apps very late so was not exactly happy with my essays After MBA I plan on working in PE / or IB so this year I will start very early preparing. and probably planing on using an addmisions consultant at least for several of the schools i plan to apply. I plan on applyng to these schools>
Columbia , Early decision probably will send the app in June and will have the result before R1 of other schools R1: Harvard (reapp), Wharton (reapp), MIT, Tuck, Kellogg, Duke R2: Stanford (reapp), Booth (reapp), Darden, Ross, Yale (reapp), NYU (reapp)
any comments on my school choices as well as any additional school you would recommend applyg? should i apply to 6 schools in one round or should I lower the number schools?
Re: please evaluate fall 2012 chances,got 7 dings this year,ouch [#permalink]
04 Apr 2011, 13:30
I'm sorry that your efforts weren't rewarded this year, but, I think you will have better luck in the future. To me, the main weakness in your profile is a significant lack of work experience. It is very hard to write compelling essays and have good examples when you don't have the depth of experience of other applicants. Additionally, your LORs will be better (hopefully) with another year of experience under your belt. In fact, this might be my only concern with applying in June to Columbia. Even this year, your work experience is less than that of most applicants!
However, as long as you recognize this disadvantage, you will be able to mitigate it. Make sure that your essays do a good job of explaining WHY this is the right time for you to go to business school. You will need to show the right mix of having been successful professionally (to date) yet unable to progress to the next level without an MBA.
With all of that in mind, I think that you are targeting the correct tier of schools. I'd be wary of applying to too many. This can be a big burden on recommenders and you will need to do what you can to make sure that your LORs are outstanding.