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Profile Eval (740 GMAT, 3.49 GPA)

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Joined: 22 Mar 2012
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GMAT 1: 740 Q45 V47
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Profile Eval (740 GMAT, 3.49 GPA) [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2012, 10:29
I need some guidance as to what my MBA options are based on my profile. I took the GMAT twice (choked the first time and got a 650) and scored a 740 (45Q, 47V). Below is my complete profile:

-3.49 GPA from Penn State. BS in Finance, BA in Political Science. GPA includes A's in Calc, Stat, Securities
-Associate Director of Acquisition at an international commercial real estate advisor and fund manager. (Only company I have worked for (5 years), also held Senior Analyst and Analyst positions).
-CAIA certification holder
-Limited extracurricular activities, but participated in Habitat for humanity and a children's reading program through work.
-173 LSAT (not really applicable, though i am considering JD MBA programs as well).

My target schools are Penn, Chicago, Northwestern, NYU, and Columbia. What kind of chance do I stand with these programs? I know my GMAT quant score is a little low, but im hoping the quantitative job experience and undergrad math grads counteracts that. Any help or guidance is appreciated! Thank you so much for taking the time to do evaluations like this. I have attached my full resume as well.

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Re: Profile Eval (740 GMAT, 3.49 GPA) [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2012, 05:55
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Hello bnc100, thanks for your question.

It sounds like you have a pretty good handle on your strengths and weaknesses. We don’t review resumes on this forum, but you’ve included plenty of information in your write-up.

Your GMAT quant score is a bit low, but I agree that you could mitigate that with your academic and professional credentials in that area.

In terms of extracurricular activities, what you’ve done more recently has more weight than what you did in college. For you, extracurricular activities need not be limited to official community service. You might also speak to your passions and interests as vehicles through which you have done good for the world. Maybe that expands the range of what you could discuss in that category?

I typically say that an applicant’s quants (GMAT, GPA) open the door at programs, but it’s the essays/experience that gets them admitted. Ultimately, your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience in and out of work. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative?

Penn, Booth, and Kellogg are reaches for most applicants, and I think might be slight reaches for you. But, as I said, it really comes down to your ability to differentiate yourself in the essays! I think they’re definitely worth a shot, but I also advise including some safer choices in your target list to mitigate risk.

I hope this helps!

Best of luck,
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