Hi Linda, please review my profile and let me know what you think. I would like to enroll in 2014 (Class of 2016).
White, Male, 25 years old
Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Michigan, GPA 3.1
GMAT 760 (Q48 V48)
I have worked for just over 3 years at a manufacturing company in the midwest. I started in a 2 year rotational program and was promoted to an Engineer position after the program. On top of day to day tasks, I have worked on a number of projects in the company geared toward saving money.
Extracurriculars: I volunteer for the local chapter (non profit) of a society made up primarily of engineers. I started on the executive board then served as Secretary for a year. I am currently serving as Vice Chair and will be promoted to Chair next year. We hold monthly meetings, which involve dinner and a technical speaker from the area. We organize events for local students to get them interested and engaged in engineering. We also organize day long seminars available to professionals throughout the society. I have organized many of these events and meetings and by all accounts have excelled at improving the chapter.
I have also participated in smaller events such as Habitat for Humanity and worked with a local organization that alters toys for disabled children.
For various reasons, a few schools have risen to the top of my list: Tepper, Ross, and Kellogg. I realize Kellogg is more competitive than Tepper and Ross, but do these schools seem to fit with my profile? Would I be wasting my time applying to Booth, Harvard, or Sloan?
Also, is there anything I could do in the next year or so (before applying) that would strengthen my profile and increase my chance of admission and/or scholarships?
Thanks a lot.
Your GMAT is stellar; your GPA is a little low for Kellogg, probably competitive for Tepper and Ross, considering your GMAT, UG university and major. Your work experience appears competitive and your community service in the engineering organization is also competitive. I can't really assess fit without knowing what you want to do post-MBA, but just in terms of your qualifications, it is reasonable for you to apply to programs like Kellogg, Sloan, and Booth, but also apply to programs that are somewhat less competitive like Tepper and Ross.
To improve your chances, consider taking a few business related classes and then ace them. Or, if relevant to your goals, take a certification program, like CFA. If there were extenuating circumstances that contributed to a few low grades, address them. Also, to improve the likelihood of your getting merit aid, apply to less competitive programs that support your goals and might be interested in your because your GMAT will make them look good.
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