I'd like u to eval my chances for the following in order:
1. I am an Indian, 28yr male
2. GMAT = 690.
Very strong Quantitative skills (Q51, V35)
Planning to re-do and can easily make 710 next time at minimum.
3. GPA: 3.10 (EE from Illinois Urbana Champaign) GPA may look low, but hard school, and hard major. Do ADCOMS look at this fact?
4. Work Exp:
LSI Logic & Cypress Semiconductor as Design Engineer, 8 yrs work exp
Worked on ~10 major projects
Trained and mentored lot of employees, new hires, even internationally.
Manage 3 people, Team lead for 2 projects.
5 Patents, 12 white papers
5. National Boxing award (State Level in India)
Runner up in Delhi 10km Marathon in 1996
Field Hockey Captain for Delhi U-16
School Swimming Champion in 3 of my schools.
Squash Tournament Medal (1st at Illinois)
Wrestling Team at Illinois.
6. Grew up in a bunch of countries. Libya, UAE, England, Kenya, Oman, India, USA...lots of travel experience.
Schools do consider the quality of the school when evaluating GPAs. That said, they will also look to the GMAT for confirmation of your academic ability, so you might want to nail down that 710 given the caliber of schools you're targeting. Your professional experience looks solid/good if not especially unusual. I recommend stressing the leadership and deemphasizing the technical aspect. The international childhood should make for a great diversity essay, which you'll need because the lack of post-college community work will hurt you. Given this latter weakness, I would say your chances at Stanford (your longest shot) and Kellogg are minimal, slightly better at Haas and MIT, with probably even chances at either. I recommend being more conservative in filling out your school target list (which ones will depend on your goals).
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