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Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2011, 13:03
Languages: Fluent in English and Bangla. Understand Arabic, Urdu, hindi, and Punjabi.

Undergrad: B.S in Legal Studies
Cumulative GPA: 3.2/37

GMAT: 680
Age- 21 (will be 22 by applications, 23 during matriculation)

Work Experience:
May 2008- Present: President of a small Import Company based in NYC. Mainly importing from China.
Sept. 2010- Present: Owner of a Verizon Wireless Franchise

Target Schools: FT MBA Program, Will sell my franchise if i have to leave NY.

The schools I am interested are

BU
NYU
Columbia
Baruch (Safety?)

Now just wondering what my chances are and how my unorthodox work experience/age would help/hurt my application.

I know my recommendations would be non-trad. I was told by an admissions counselor to have my business partner write one of my recommendations and another one written by either a supplier or my franchise's owner? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I would have 4 yrs. of entrepreneur experience by the time i start my mba. I also went to school FT while running my businesses. I don't know if thats a valid excuse for my lower gpa and lack of extracurriculars. I don't have a lot of softs on my resume. No extracurriculars and only a little volunteering.

PS: I am new to this board.. If i have asked any previously answered questions sorry in advanced.
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Re: Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2011, 15:10
Your entreneurial experience will be a good story to tell; however, you have to be very careful how you shape and frame your story. AdComs will have to think about your employability after MBA and for someone who has been his/her own boss for years, this will be a tough transition. Your age is also going to play a bit of a disadvantage, but as long as you can fully describe your reasons to apply and attend b-schools by answering "Why now" accordingly, you'll be fine as well. One thing that you have to realize is that your GMAT score and GPA are both on the lower end for top b-schools. Columbia will be a tough one here only because of your work experience, GMAT score, and GPA. NYU will also be tough as it has a notoriously high GMAT score average. BU and Baruch should be fine, but I'm not quite understanding why the big jump from top 10 to schools outside of 20's. But I'm sure you had your reasons. If I were you, I'd retake your GMAT and aim for nothing lower than 700 if you want Columbia.
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Re: Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2011, 08:56
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AdComs will have to think about your employability after MBA and for someone who has been his/her own boss for years, this will be a tough transition. Your age is also going to play a bit of a disadvantage, but as long as you can fully describe your reasons to apply and attend b-schools by answering "Why now" accordingly, you'll be fine as well. One thing that you have to realize is that your GMAT score and GPA are both on the lower end for top b-schools. Columbia will be a tough one here only because of your work experience, GMAT score, and GPA. NYU will also be tough as it has a notoriously high GMAT score average. BU and Baruch should be fine, but I'm not quite understanding why the big jump from top 10 to schools outside of 20's. But I'm sure you had your reasons. If I were you, I'd retake your GMAT and aim for nothing lower than 700 if you want Columbia.

Thanks for the advice. I Just have a few questions.

I understand they care about my employability after my MBA, However, what if i don't even want to get recruited; etc and work for someone else? I wanted to get my MBA for the purpose of getting more knowledge that will help me run my own businesses. I also want to be able to help/partner up with friends/other acquaintances with their startups; etc. I know a decent amount of people from previous networking in all fields. IB, PE, VC, and some in tech.

Also my reason for the jump is because i mainly want to stay in NY... If i can stay in NYC than i can still run my businesses and franchise myself. Makes my life a lot easier. If i go to Boston or anywhere within a 4 hour drive/2 hour plane ride i can keep my first business but most likely not my franchise. I also fly to Hong Kong every 1-2 months so flying out of JFK or Logan (if i went to boston) would be the easiest thing for me.

I know name matters a lot from what ive read on this forum. However, how would you guys rate schools in NYC like Baruch, fordham, even rutgers in NJ? Im not going to using this degree to get recruited. I think most of my potential partners later on would not care where i got my MBA, just that i do have it.
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Re: Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2011, 09:56
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bakfed wrote:
AdComs will have to think about your employability after MBA and for someone who has been his/her own boss for years, this will be a tough transition. Your age is also going to play a bit of a disadvantage, but as long as you can fully describe your reasons to apply and attend b-schools by answering "Why now" accordingly, you'll be fine as well. One thing that you have to realize is that your GMAT score and GPA are both on the lower end for top b-schools. Columbia will be a tough one here only because of your work experience, GMAT score, and GPA. NYU will also be tough as it has a notoriously high GMAT score average. BU and Baruch should be fine, but I'm not quite understanding why the big jump from top 10 to schools outside of 20's. But I'm sure you had your reasons. If I were you, I'd retake your GMAT and aim for nothing lower than 700 if you want Columbia.

Thanks for the advice. I Just have a few questions.

I understand they care about my employability after my MBA, However, what if i don't even want to get recruited; etc and work for someone else? I wanted to get my MBA for the purpose of getting more knowledge that will help me run my own businesses. I also want to be able to help/partner up with friends/other acquaintances with their startups; etc. I know a decent amount of people from previous networking in all fields. IB, PE, VC, and some in tech.

Also my reason for the jump is because i mainly want to stay in NY... If i can stay in NYC than i can still run my businesses and franchise myself. Makes my life a lot easier. If i go to Boston or anywhere within a 4 hour drive/2 hour plane ride i can keep my first business but most likely not my franchise. I also fly to Hong Kong every 1-2 months so flying out of JFK or Logan (if i went to boston) would be the easiest thing for me.

I know name matters a lot from what ive read on this forum. However, how would you guys rate schools in NYC like Baruch, fordham, even rutgers in NJ? Im not going to using this degree to get recruited. I think most of my potential partners later on would not care where i got my MBA, just that i do have it.


Consider Columba J-term or a 1yr program.
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Re: Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2011, 15:40
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bakfed wrote:
AdComs will have to think about your employability after MBA and for someone who has been his/her own boss for years, this will be a tough transition. Your age is also going to play a bit of a disadvantage, but as long as you can fully describe your reasons to apply and attend b-schools by answering "Why now" accordingly, you'll be fine as well. One thing that you have to realize is that your GMAT score and GPA are both on the lower end for top b-schools. Columbia will be a tough one here only because of your work experience, GMAT score, and GPA. NYU will also be tough as it has a notoriously high GMAT score average. BU and Baruch should be fine, but I'm not quite understanding why the big jump from top 10 to schools outside of 20's. But I'm sure you had your reasons. If I were you, I'd retake your GMAT and aim for nothing lower than 700 if you want Columbia.

Thanks for the advice. I Just have a few questions.

I understand they care about my employability after my MBA, However, what if i don't even want to get recruited; etc and work for someone else? I wanted to get my MBA for the purpose of getting more knowledge that will help me run my own businesses. I also want to be able to help/partner up with friends/other acquaintances with their startups; etc. I know a decent amount of people from previous networking in all fields. IB, PE, VC, and some in tech.

Also my reason for the jump is because i mainly want to stay in NY... If i can stay in NYC than i can still run my businesses and franchise myself. Makes my life a lot easier. If i go to Boston or anywhere within a 4 hour drive/2 hour plane ride i can keep my first business but most likely not my franchise. I also fly to Hong Kong every 1-2 months so flying out of JFK or Logan (if i went to boston) would be the easiest thing for me.

I know name matters a lot from what ive read on this forum. However, how would you guys rate schools in NYC like Baruch, fordham, even rutgers in NJ? Im not going to using this degree to get recruited. I think most of my potential partners later on would not care where i got my MBA, just that i do have it.


If it remains true that you're not looking to get recruited, name matters little (probably none) since you're taking care of your own business. As lagomez mentioned, I'd look into some 1-year program. Last, but not least, if you're simply looking for a means to broaden your business acumen and horizon, why not simply take some classes from some colleges around you? This way the overall expense would be tremendously cheaper than going to school at, say, Columbia. Again, this is basing off the assumption that you're not looking to get in any firm, but rather to stay with your own.
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Re: Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 15:38
Guys how competitive is my profile for nyu and columbia part time progams?
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Re: Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 15:40
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Guys how competitive is my profile for nyu and columbia part time progams?


I don't think columbia has a part-time program.
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Re: Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 15:43
lagomez wrote:
YoungEntrepreneur wrote:
Guys how competitive is my profile for nyu and columbia part time progams?


I don't think columbia has a part-time program.


Oops how competitive am I for nyu part time than?
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Re: Please review Applicant for Fall '12 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2011, 17:59
You should be competitive for Langone. Your profile fits right smack in its published class profile and as long as you spin your stories right, you should be good to go.
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