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Joined: 11 Jan 2011
Posts: 51
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 680 Q46 V38
GMAT 2: 730 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.03
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
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Profile Evaluation and Target Schools [#permalink] New post 13 May 2011, 09:54
Hello Alex,

applied to 5 schools this year:
Wharton (r1 - interview - ding),
Stern (r1-no interview-waitlist),
Darden (r1-interview-waitlist),
Booth (r2-interview-ding),
Yale (r2-ding).

To boost my chances of getting of waitlist I retook the GMAT and got a much better score: Score 1: 680 V 38 Q46. Score 2: 730 V 42 Q48.

Given the somewhat disappointing results, I am starting to develop a strategy for 2012. I would appreciate any advice and feedback you may have specifically around target schools.

I am 28, male. International applicant working in US. Travelled extensively, lived outside my home country for 10 years. Five years of work experience in consulting, have managed projects end to end. Worked on some unique projects. Co-author on a congressional study of a major housing issue.

Undergrad GPA 3.03 from University of Richmond. Majored in Economics and Finance, but the hold a degree in Business Administration. Post MBA goals include transitioning to work in finance or a bigger consulting firm.

I really like Stern and Darden. So one specific question I have is whether or not the schools encourage re-applicants? What can I do beyond re-taking the GMAT to prepare for the “re-applicant essays”? Are there any other school you would recommend looking into. This year my choice of school was guided to an extent by availability of no-cosigner loans.

Thank you
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Re: Profile Evaluation and Target Schools [#permalink] New post 15 May 2011, 08:30
Schools are generally not reapplicant unfriendly, as there's a healthy minority of students at any top b-school that were reapplicants.

At best, it's a slight positive and at worst, it's neutral (i.e. no different than as a first time applicant).

Focus on applying to schools that you really want to go to instead of which seem more reapplicant friendly than others. You've gone through the process already, and there's only so many top schools out there, so I'm sure you can figure out on your own which ones you really want to go to (I can't tell you that since it's a matter of personal preference and taste).

Your 2nd GMAT is fine; no need to retake it again.

Without seeing your applications, it's hard to say what you need to address. However, given what you wrote, my hunch is that you probably got dinged for many of the same reasons others got dinged as well: there was nothing seriously wrong with you, but that you simply blended in. In other words, there's a lot of folks of a similar caliber as you and it really comes down to whether you were able to somehow get the adcom to see you as an individual.

So the short answer is to write stronger essays and to do better interviews this time around.

Alex Chu

Re: Profile Evaluation and Target Schools   [#permalink] 15 May 2011, 08:30
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