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Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2014, 18:15
Hi --

1) Military Officer, Army, Captain (O-3). Currently serve as commander of a company-level unit (76 personnel), $100M equipment. Deal with everything from Soldier welfare and family issues to supply-chain management, budget, training plan, etc. Have served as Executive Officer and Platoon Leader (28 personnel). 1 combat deployment to the middle east. 28 years old.

2) 780 - Q: 50 V: 48 IR: 8 AWA: 6

3) Graduate, USMA West Point, c/o 2008. Major Systems Engineering. GPA 2.93. I was simply not mature with my studies. No excuse. I was focused on becoming the best leader and officer and knew my intelligence would carry me without as much concerted effort. I was short-sighted -- focused on graduating and leading Soldiers, not pampering my transcript. It was a huge mistake and I now regret it considering I am considering B-School.

4) Leadership experience is largely professionally-sourced. I have many specific instances I can cite from the mundane to combat-related.

5) No Certifications.

6) HBS, Stanford GSB, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, INSEAD

7) Next Year

8) I would like to enter finance or private-equity.

I realize my big handicap is the low-GPA and that the schools listed can have their pick of high-performing applicants. Just thought I'd ask the question. I am considering taking Harvard or UCLA extension classes as a further show of quant ability but unsure if that will help.

Thanks for your consideration.
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Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2014, 18:09
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Take those classes! It will help! While the GMAT is obviously great and your experience has many strengths, taking a class and doing well in it will show, as nothing else can, that you can excel in the classroom as well as at work and at standardized tests. These top programs want actual evidence that you’ll excel in the classroom. Moreover, taking the class (or classes) will show that you acknowledge the shortcoming and are committed to addressing it in order to prepare for the MBA. I.e., it will show maturity. While you may be a viable applicant without taking additional classes, issue will make your candidacy far more idiosyncratic.

Another thing to do to strengthen your candidacy is to prepare yourself to make a really strong case for your goals. If you haven’t done so, learn about you target fields and companies, including informational interviews. Show understanding of what the work is like day to day, and how you would position or market yourself for an internship or job. Develop a meaningful vision for your goals – what impact you want to have and why, and why this particular career path attracts you.

By the way, you might also be interested in MIT and Cornell. Both are strong in finance (even though they're not known as "finance schools") and I've found they both are very appreciative of applicants with a military background. MIT is obviously as competitive as the other schools you mention; Cornell slightly less so but still have some special qualities that might make it a good fit. Just a "brainstorming" thought.

Good luck!

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