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Profile Evaluation - 710 GMAT, looking for Tech Schools

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Concentration: Strategy, Technology
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Profile Evaluation - 710 GMAT, looking for Tech Schools [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 15:32
Here there. I was wondering if you could please review my profile and let me know what schools I should be targeting. I have a handful of target schools (listed at bottom), and would like to whittle down that list a little bit before applying.

Bio
25 year old US white male, will be 26 at matriculation. Looking to apply round 1 for Fall 2014 start.

Education & GMAT
- BS in Mechanical Engineering from Midwest Public Ivy
- GPA: 3.2 (3.4 in upper-division classes)
- GMAT: 710 (might retake, how much would that help?)

Work Experience
3 years (at matriculation) of experience as an Application Engineer at a large (~$1B revenue), but not well known fiber optic cable and component manufacturing company. We do large business with pretty much every major US internet and TV service provider.

My job gives me access to almost every aspect of our business (this is actually one of the things that made me interested in an MBA). I work with our customers and sales team to recommend products and receive feedback for new products. I work with our design team and product management to design and prototype new products, and I work with our manufacturing team to help implement and manufacture our products. Along side our product managers, I am the central hub for product expertise and customer support.

During my career I've done well and been able to take on a great deal of additional responsibilities. I started working with one product set in a single market (customer based, not regional) and now work with all our products in two of our three largest markets.

Awards and Activities
- A few awards and commendations at work - award for terrific customer-based work, recognition from the company president about an internal white paper I wrote.
- Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
- Started an after school science program for youths in poorly funded school districts. We are partnered with and run under a larger non-profit, but myself and my co-founder have full control and responsibility of the entire program.

Goals
Short-term goal: To work as a consultant at a high-tech consulting firm
Long-term goal: To become CTO of a world-class firm in the high-tech industry and be on the forefront of driving cutting-edge technology.

Schools
Stanford
Harvard
Columbia Wharton
MIT
Haas
Ross
Kellogg
NYU
Tepper
UCLA

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. It would be really great to know where I would stand with those schools, and which would be most receptive to my application. Also, any other recommendations for schools would be great.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - 710 GMAT, looking for Tech Schools [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 15:45
Thanks for the post.

You have an interesting background that many schools will find interesting. The schools on your list cover are very broad and have very different admissions criteria and philosophies and your candidacy will be well received at many. From an admissions perspective, the weakest part of your application appears to be your undergraduate record. I would recommend that you re-take the GMAT and try to get a higher score - as a higher score will shore up your academic credentials.

I also want to emphasize that given the competitive nature of the schools you are targeting, your applications have to be top notch -- including your essays, recommendations, resume and all other controllable aspects of your application. Simply put, it is that important.

From the schools on your list, I think Stanford and HBS are going to be difficult -- this does not mean that you should not apply -- just realize that they are very competitive -- your chances would be better at Wharton. Also, MIT and Haas have very low acceptance rates -- meaning that while you can be competitive at these schools, that you have to make sure that you market yourself correctly to what they are looking for. With all the other schools on your list, with compelling applications, I see you being a competitive candidate.

Good luck.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - 710 GMAT, looking for Tech Schools [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 15:54
olso4052 wrote:

Goals
Short-term goal: To work as a consultant at a high-tech consulting firm
Long-term goal: To become CTO of a world-class firm in the high-tech industry and be on the forefront of driving cutting-edge technology.

Schools
Stanford
Harvard
Columbia
MIT
Haas
Ross
Kellogg
NYU
Tepper
UCLA




Your stats are fine for any of these schools - I would say only take the GMAT again if you know you can improve and really want to go to Sloan. That's probably the only school on this list where a 730 is gonna mean more than a 710 (due to this forumla they use that weights components).

Playing the Sesame Street game "one of these things is not like the other" (in this case a couple), Columbia and NYU seem a little out of place given your tech goals. MIT is a no brainer, and Stanford, Haas, and UCLA recruit well in the Bay area if that's where you want to end up. A dark horse would be McCombs - Haas and Stanford are both tough nuts to crack - as they place surprisingly well in the Bay area too.

Only other school that looks out of place is Kellogg, if only because there are many other schools on your list that fit your goals better.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - 710 GMAT, looking for Tech Schools [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 17:04
ManhattanReview wrote:
Thanks for the post.

You have an interesting background that many schools will find interesting. The schools on your list cover are very broad and have very different admissions criteria and philosophies and your candidacy will be well received at many. From an admissions perspective, the weakest part of your application appears to be your undergraduate record. I would recommend that you re-take the GMAT and try to get a higher score - as a higher score will shore up your academic credentials.

I also want to emphasize that given the competitive nature of the schools you are targeting, your applications have to be top notch -- including your essays, recommendations, resume and all other controllable aspects of your application. Simply put, it is that important.

From the schools on your list, I think Stanford and HBS are going to be difficult -- this does not mean that you should not apply -- just realize that they are very competitive -- your chances would be better at Wharton. Also, MIT and Haas have very low acceptance rates -- meaning that while you can be competitive at these schools, that you have to make sure that you market yourself correctly to what they are looking for. With all the other schools on your list, with compelling applications, I see you being a competitive candidate.

Good luck.

Kimbelry Plaga
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Manhattan Review

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All very good points - thank you for the advice. To be honest, I've very confident I can raise my GMAT, but I just want to see where I stand as-is.

In regards to the school selection, are there any schools that I should just cross off the list right away? Is Wharton too far off from my goals, or is UCLA too safe to spend an application on?
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Concentration: Strategy, Technology
GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V38
GMAT 2: 740 Q48 V44
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Re: Profile Evaluation - 710 GMAT, looking for Tech Schools [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2013, 17:22
CobraKai wrote:
olso4052 wrote:

Goals
Short-term goal: To work as a consultant at a high-tech consulting firm
Long-term goal: To become CTO of a world-class firm in the high-tech industry and be on the forefront of driving cutting-edge technology.

Schools
Stanford
Harvard
Columbia
MIT
Haas
Ross
Kellogg
NYU
Tepper
UCLA




Your stats are fine for any of these schools - I would say only take the GMAT again if you know you can improve and really want to go to Sloan. That's probably the only school on this list where a 730 is gonna mean more than a 710 (due to this forumla they use that weights components).

Playing the Sesame Street game "one of these things is not like the other" (in this case a couple), Columbia and NYU seem a little out of place given your tech goals. MIT is a no brainer, and Stanford, Haas, and UCLA recruit well in the Bay area if that's where you want to end up. A dark horse would be McCombs - Haas and Stanford are both tough nuts to crack - as they place surprisingly well in the Bay area too.

Only other school that looks out of place is Kellogg, if only because there are many other schools on your list that fit your goals better.


Haha - impressive use of a Sesame Street quote. Actually, that should have been Wharton. I've already crossed Columbia off my list for the reasons you mention. You could probably make the same case for Wharton too, but I feel they are much more rounded.

Also, I kept NYU on my list because of location, really. New York has really been booming in the tech scene recently. But again, I may be off base, and if NYU would not be a good fit that's definitely the feedback I'm looking for.

I've definitely looked at McCombs too. The problem is that I'm trying to weed out my school list, and Austin seemed a little low. Not that it's a bad school - infact, like you said it might fit my goals really well. It's just that I'm really aiming for that Top 15 MBA (plus the UCLA safety app).

EDIT: And in regards to Kellogg, I like them as a top tier school with a decent acceptance rate. As Manhattan and yourself noted, the really sweet tech schools have really though acceptance rates. On paper Kellogg looks like a jack-of-all trades school with a high acceptance rate.
Re: Profile Evaluation - 710 GMAT, looking for Tech Schools   [#permalink] 09 Apr 2013, 17:22
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