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Please evaluate this potential '11 MBA reject [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2011, 09:42
Alex,

Love your blogs/youtube videos/sites. 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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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 AFROTC)

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 this potential '11 MBA reject [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2011, 16:03
Put it this way. If you score a 700 or greater, you will be in range for schools like Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Sloan, etc (not a shoe in, but still enough of a shot that they're worth shooting for).

So it comes down to how confident you are in getting that score, and whether you're willing to wait another year for it. That's entirely a personal decision. As for whether going to Smith is worth it or not, what I suggest is visit the school NOW while class is still in session - get a feel for what the students are like, and whether you feel you'd fit in there. A simple visit and interaction with some of the current students should make it clear to you whether it is worth it for you or not.
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Re: Please evaluate this potential '11 MBA reject [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2011, 16:13
AlexMBAApply wrote:
Put it this way. If you score a 700 or greater, you will be in range for schools like Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Sloan, etc (not a shoe in, but still enough of a shot that they're worth shooting for).

So it comes down to how confident you are in getting that score, and whether you're willing to wait another year for it. That's entirely a personal decision. As for whether going to Smith is worth it or not, what I suggest is visit the school NOW while class is still in session - get a feel for what the students are like, and whether you feel you'd fit in there. A simple visit and interaction with some of the current students should make it clear to you whether it is worth it for you or not.



Thanks for the feedback Alex - I'll do whatever is necessary to achieve that 700+ and have signed up for a GMAT prep class to get me there. I feel you don't have to be MENSA to ace it, I probably just studied incorrectly or not enough the last time. I'm also considering signing up for summer classes at a local university in stats or acct'ing (bleh) to show the adco's that I'm not a slacker like my undergrad GPA shows -- would you recommend that or is it too late and focus my energy on other activities (e.g.: extracurriculars, LEED accredition)?

I visited Smith and spoke with alums, students and the faculty -- I don't feel it. Maybe it's because I have already made up my mind or maybe it's not the vibe I'm looking for. Either way, it was a mistake in applying and I'm not going to waste more time considering it when I could be utilizing that time on improving myself.
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