NYC MBA Hopeful wrote:
Am looking for some good advice as I plan the next leg of my MBA application journey. Just finished the GMAT with a 760 (49 Q / 45 V) and 6.0 AWA.
I know that this is almost everyone's problem, but my GPA from undergrad is on the lower side - 3.1 - from Tufts, with a degree in Quantitative Economics. Have I sufficiently offset this with my GMAT? I guess also, I did poorly in two quantitative classes -- one an upper level math, and the other a very intro, not even eligible for a major class. I've since taken 3 classes at a reputable school's Continuing Education program in Finance and Accounting and have received all A's.
Been working for 3 years now in consulting - 1 for a boutique firm, and 2 for a start-up firm. Was asked to join by a partner of the old firm who left. Since it is small, I've had a great deal of diverse experience.
What are your thoughts on my ability to get into a top 10? Should I think about the optional essay?
NYC MBA hopeful,
Yes, I think you have overcome whatever doubts (and they would not have been deal-breaking doubts at that) that your undergrad GPA raised. I wouldn't waste an optional essay on those two courses. Just a short addendum would do. Stay brief and positive.
Nothing in what you told me persuades me that you should avoid applying to top 10 schools. In other words, assuming the rest of your profile is equally strong you should be able to break into a few top 10'ers.
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