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Profile Evaluation for Outside the Box Candidate

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Profile Evaluation for Outside the Box Candidate [#permalink] New post 13 May 2013, 17:33

I'm a little new and a little early to apply to b-school. But I wanted to get your input on my chances at the top b-schools. I will potentially apply in 2 years.

24 years old, Male, Indian American (born in the US)

Graduate from Wayne State University with 3.55 GPA

Majored in General Management, emphasis in Accounting. Graduated in 3.5 years while working 30 hours a week.

Work experience: Worked at a startup for a year, took almost a year off for extracurriculars, which I'll describe below, then 2 years in corporate finance. After finance, I'm considering becoming a religious leader (Imam) leading the organization full time.

Extracurriculars: Studying to be a religious scholar (4th year), teaching and administration work at religious organization (4 years), prison volunteer chaplain (2 years)

GMAT: First time 660, retaking and aiming for ~710

Career Paths: Consulting, Non-profit

My main goal is to revitalize the Muslim religious institutions in the US to make them more modern, without losing the spirituality or violating religious principles. I want to make our message more relevant to the modern world. I would ideally like to work in consulting for a few years after an MBA to learn how to restructure and improve organizations, and then later on apply them to my field. I know my candidacy is definitely not the norm, but I would like to get your expert advice if a school like Harvard or Stanford would be interested in my story. Thanks so much!


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Re: Profile Evaluation for Outside the Box Candidate [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 16:47
Thanks for your posting.

You definitely have an interesting story and if properly presented can present a compelling application. Also, this story will definitely sell better at some school over others. However, in addition to your goals and motivations, you have a few additional hurdles to overcome. The first is that you are part of a very competitive demographic and this means that the acceptance rates for your demographic group are much lower than the stated accepted rates. Next, you did not go to a name school and many top programs have a definite bias towards schools with more prestigious reputations. Lastly, you need to improve your GMAT score to around a 720.

Good luck.

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Re: Profile Evaluation for Outside the Box Candidate   [#permalink] 14 May 2013, 16:47
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