Here's my profile and I was hoping I could get some feedback from gmatclubbers who've been on the MBA journey before.
28 / M / GMAT - 650 Q46/V35 (taken twice, scored 570 the first time) / GRE - Q800/V750/ Undergrad GPA - 2.89 at Pac 5 school in Computer Engineering (hated it!)
Grad education - 3.9 Certificate in Business from UC-Berkeley
Other programs - Company paid 1-year executive/weekend program at Duke's Fuqua School in General Management
Work experience - Sales at IBM (4.5 years, 2 promotions), Started my own technology consulting business in 2009 (burned through most of my savings/assets)
Volunteer work / Extracurriculars - Strong ECs in college, several awards and recognition from the university, also started a very successful organization that provides pro-bono consulting to small businesses and new entrepreneurs.
Goals - Management consulting after MBA, eventually start my own business
Here are some of my questions. Look forward to reading your feedback and being an active contributor to the community in 2010
1- Should I retake the GMAT? I know I can do better, I didn't have much time to study for them while working. Would taking it 3 times be an issue? Will applying with the GRE be a good idea? I know a lot of schools accept the test now, but I'm iffy if they take it seriously.
2- Cant do much about my GPA now, but will taking over 15 courses with As at UC-Berkeley mitigate my low undergrad GPA? I got too involved in leadership activities and wasn't serious about my education. How would I address this in my application?
3- I'm also worried about my age. I might be out of the running at many schools, but I've looked up stats and I'm looking to apply to the following schools. Do you have any pointers on the schools I've selected.
Early Decision- Columbia/Duke/Tuck