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Schools: MIT Sloan - Class of 2015
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Profile Eval Requested (Thanks in advance!) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2010, 20:00

Firstly, I want to say thanks in advance for taking the time to critique my profile.

I am planning to apply next fall (2011) and would love to hear anything you have to say.

Age: 22 (24/25 at matriculation)
GPA: 3.88/4.00 overall, roughly 3.85/4.00 major GPA

-Only blemishes are:
-First two years, my GPA was about 3.97 and the last two years it was about 3.75-3.80
-Took maybe two-three classes in my minor as pass/fail
-The reason I have for both of these is that I worked full-time to support / pay for my education when during my last two years. Regarding the pass/fail classes, I felt that my workload was almost too much and that taking my minor classes pass/fail would allow me to concentrate more fully my major classes (which I hope is supported by my major GPA)

School/Major: UC Davis, BA Economics, Minor Anthropology, was a Regents Scholar (highest merit scholarship at school), completed incoming freshman honors program, received Department Citation in Economics
GMAT: 730 - 49Q (87%), 41V (91%), 6.0 AWA
Ethnicity/Gender: Caucasian Male

Career: Have spent the last year working as a fund accountant/administrator at a well-respected, large-cap Fortune 500 financial services firm. Assuming everything goes well, I will have 3 - 3.5 years of work experience at matriculation. I anticipate being promoted before I apply next fall and I'm also hoping to take a two to three month voluntary short-term assignment in another part of the country by then as well. If you can speak to how much either of those things would bolster my profile, please do so.

EC's: Admittedly, this is my weakest area. I didn't do much in UG, so I will be spending the next year doing meaningful volunteer work. Moreover, I believe I have lined up an opportunity which will lead to a leadership position in a volunteer capacity.

Future career path: I'm still unsure of this (and this is one of the reasons why I am not applying this fall), but I am considering the following specializations: Human Resources, Health Care Management, and Finance.

Target Schools: Obviously, I need to decide what I want to do before I decide on a few schools, but I have a preliminary list consisting of the following:

HBS, Booth, Wharton, GSB, Sloan, Kellogg, Columbia, Tuck, Haas, Cornell, Ross, Stern, Yale, Fuqua, Anderson, and Emory

If I had to narrow it down to six or seven right now (if you don't have time to evaluate my chances at all of the above), I'd probably go with:

HBS, Booth, Wharton, Haas, Anderson, Emory, and Ross

For what it's worth, my actual GMAT was lower than almost all of my practice tests and I think I could raise it to 750 or higher if necessary. As it stands now, though, I think the requisite study time would be better spent rounding out my profile (working hard towards getting promoted and doing meaningful volunteer work). If my thinking is off-base, please feel free to correct it.

Thanks for taking the time to evaluate my profile and please feel free to be as candid and forthcoming as possible.
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Re: Profile Eval Requested (Thanks in advance!) [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2010, 08:38
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I think you have a good chance of getting into the schools you mentioned, granted you put in a good application with awesome essays and recommendation letters. I wouldn't even frown on your GPA as it's on the higher end of the spectrum at any top b-schools. At this point, I'd focus on your job and getting promoted (gaining more responsbility and leadership roles, taking initiatives and promoting ideas). Since you still have a few years to apply, start thinking about extracurricular activities that you can do outside of work. Maybe start a local club? Take actions and if you can gain some insights into your EC work, I think you'll be a great candidate for any school, including H/W/S.

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