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Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2009, 17:54
Hi,

I would really appreciate if the fellow members out here could evaluate my profile:

GMAT: 710 ( 37V/49Q)
AWA: 5.5

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MS Computer Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology
GPA 3.70

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5.0 years of work exp as a Software Engineer in the banking industry

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BS Computer Science
GPA: 3.25

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I am applying to the following schools for a Full Time MBA for Fall 2010:

1. NYU Stern - Full time
2. Columbia - Full time
3. Haas
4. Duke
5. Univ. of Virginia

What are my chances of getting admission? Should I also try for schools that are ranked 10-20?
My post MBA career goal is to be a consultant.

My concern is writing the MBA essay and highlighting the leadership aspect in my work experience which quite frankly until now has not been much. Can I mention this in the essays?

Thanks a lot for your time and suggestions
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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2009, 22:13
I think you're choosing a decent list of schools - Columbia would be a big stretch if you're applying for Regular Decision (since they only have two rounds - Early Decision and Regular Decision).

The other schools are sweet spots to stretches depending on how well you execute the applications. If you want safeties,look at schools outside the top 16 such as USC, UNC, Georgetown, Emory, etc. If I were you I'd swap out Columbia for one of these schools, and you should be able to get into at least one of the schools.

As for the essays, it's not about formal leadership per se, but leadership *potential* - most people applying to full-time programs don't have formal leadership experience (they're too young or inexperienced - most have 3 - 6 years post college work experience and are therefore mostly junior level employees). So it's all about showing the traits that are necessary for effective leadership - decisiveness, ability to nurture relationships with people, communication skills, and so forth (i.e. the sorts of traits that you think make a great boss to work for).
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Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2009, 20:30
Hey Alex
Thanks for the reply. I have started work on the essays now. Have to finish them for the 2nd round.
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