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Profile Eval: Low GMAT, High GPA, Unique WE - Aiming High! [#permalink]
27 Sep 2011, 06:41
I am currently in the application process and wanted to see if you might be able to evaluate my profile for the 6 schools that I am applying to: Yale SOM, Cornell Johnson, Ohio State Fisher, UNC, George Washington, Babson.
My only real concern is my GMAT, so I will put that out there first: 660 (V41, Q 39). AWA 6. I took the GMAT twice, scoring a 650 the first time. Not sure how much that matters.
GPA: 3.82 from American University in Washington, DC
Age: 25 (made sure to hit on "why now?" in essays)
Work Exp: 3 years upon matriculation; all Federal Gov't. I have been in a premier leadership development program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where I completed 4 details around the government in 2 years. I have worked for a Presidential appointee as her special assistant (she asked me to be her lead speech writer only a few weeks after starting because I wrote a speech for her out of the blue and she liked it... which I put in my essays). Her Chief of Staff is writing my letter of rec. I also did a detail in the U.S. Senate where I was an energy and environment fellow for a U.S. Senator (the senior policy advisor I worked with is writing my other letter of rec). I also did a detail with the Energy Star program and helped businesses save over $ 2M in annual energy costs while there.
I currently work permanently at the US EPA on corporate partnerships to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in supply chains. Over the last two years, I have been promoted twice, with a total salary increase of over $20k.
Extra Curriculars: Lots of volunteering. I pack lunches for low-income seniors and the homeless, handle rescue dogs to get them adopted, tutor unemployed veterans for college entrance exams, and am a volunteer tax preparer for low income families.
Short term goals: Stay within the energy and environment area but move to private sector sustainability consulting.
Long-term goals: Found my own consulting firm using my Federal experience and post-MBA consulting experience. I also plan to create a program to leverage charitable donations from various consulting firms through direct payroll deductions (similar to the Combined Federal Campaign program in the Federal government) to connect the industry to a greater purpose through charity.
Any information or advice you may be able to lend regarding my candidacy would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
Re: Profile Eval: Low GMAT, High GPA, Unique WE - Aiming High! [#permalink]
27 Sep 2011, 11:12
Thanks for posting. Regarding your GMAT score, have you considered taking the test again? Your GMAT score is self-reported on your application, so admissions teams will focus on your highest score. You shouldn't be concerned about taking the test too many times.
The reason I mention this is take Chicago Booth for example, which has similar GMAT scores to the Yale SOM and Cornell. For Chicago Booth the average GMAT score is 720, and the 80th percentile range is 660-760. This means that with your score, you would be applying in the bottom 10th percentile. This does not necessarily mean you would not be accepted, but it is not a preferable position to be in.