1) Work experience: (will be 48 months at matriculation) Currently working for a company at the intersection of education and business. The company doesn’t have a well-known name, but getting my position is very competitive. Since college graduation, have only had one job, and I plan to stay at this company until applying to b-school. I’ll have very solid recs.
2) GMAT: 700+ (expected)
3) Bachelor’s degree in biology from Ivy League college with 2.99 GPA. Graduated in 2011. GPA has slightly upward trend, but I wasn’t dedicated to my academics during college. I grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness, and I viewed college as 4 years to “be normal,” to experience as much as I could, and to ultimately figure out what direction my life would take. I recently took one class to build an alternative transcript (earned 4.0)
4) Maintained solid internships throughout college to help pay for tuition, and held a few small leadership roles. Gained proficiency in a foreign language and studied abroad. Since college, I have held a “do-gooder” volunteer position that creates a good story with my personality and career goals. Before applying to b-school, I think I can add a small leadership position to my volunteer experience.
5) No certifications
6) Target Programs: I’m open to feedback, since I know my GPA is a major weakness. My dream schools would be Stanford, HBS, Dartmouth Tuck, Duke Fuqua, and Cornell Johnson.
7) Post MBA: Continue to work at the intersection of education and business. The people in my company who have the jobs I want all have MBAs. I’d like to be a leader within an innovative/disruptive education organization.
Underrepresented US minority, female
First in family to earn 4-year degree
If your GMAT
comes in as expected and you take a 1-3 more classes and earn A's in them, I think you would have a chance at all your target programs with Duke and Cornell Johnson being the two where you are competitive. HBS and Stanford... well they're HBS and Stanford. One class and an A is a good start towards building an alternative transcript, but it is not yet an alternative transcript. Try to take business related classes like accounting, econ, stats for business.
A few other programs for you to consider: Michigan Ross and Columbia.
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