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profile eval request [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2011, 05:12
I am a 27 year old Indian American. Interested in applying to NYU, Cornell and Chicago Booth (all part time) or HBS full time. Undergraduate GPA of 2.9 but major GPA (accounting) was close to a 3.5. Plan on taking GMAT at Sep - assuming I get a 700. What are my chances?

Started career at Big Four accounting. Was promoted and then laid off like a lot of people. Took a few months and finally landed a position at a smaller accounting firm. Recently joined a Fortune 500 company doing financial analysis. I plan on using my lay-off to my strengths and do a lot of EC outside of work. Co founder of a networking group - have been voluntering at weekly church prayers since 2006 - board member of another local organzation. Also volunteered at my high during lay off and taught accounting. Plan on running Boston Marathon to raise funds for Earthquake victims in south east asia (this isn't a done deal but started training)...I could also probably come up with more activities that aren't major but have been invovled with him recently or in the past - just not on a regular basis.

I know this is such limited data but any ideas? Really interested in NYU part time weekend program as this is my top choice.
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Re: profile eval request [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2011, 05:51
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Hello bravo205, thanks for your question.

I do think your GPA is low but not insurmountable. Your major GPA helps – are there any other analogues that better represent your academic aptitude? Have you taken classes since your undergraduate days?

Your competitiveness will really come down to the quality of your leadership experience both in and out of the office. Can you point to “moments” where you have influenced people/organizations, driven results, or taken initiative? The more you can demonstrate your leadership potential, the better your chances at those programs.

Moreover, the more you can tie your past and present to your future post-MBA goals, the more persuasive a case you will make to the admissions committees.

Given the limited information you provide, my gut says Booth and, especially, HBS are reaches for you. Assuming you get a 700, I think you could be competitive at NYU and Cornell.

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