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Profile Evaluation - GMAT 710 - Target top 20 B-Schools

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Joined: 21 Jun 2011
Posts: 13
Location: United States
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V38
GPA: 3.91
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 1

Profile Evaluation - GMAT 710 - Target top 20 B-Schools [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 07:03
Hello Everyone!

I am a 28 yrs old female from Delhi, India with the following profile:
    Applying for B-schools for fall 2012.
    GMAT (92%) - 710 (Q 50 - 92%, V 38 - 83%)
    Did my Computer Science Engineering from Kurukshetra University, - Not very proud of this school! Though I was a good student and scored a 76% - and am not sure how to convert this to GPA!
    Have been working for the past 6 years in IT industry performing different roles. Though I have worked mainly as a programmer,I have been involved in sales and marketing. I also worked as a Business analyst - a link between the users and the development team.
    Of the 6 years, i have been working in the US for the past 3 years for different projects, in different domains - from energy to utilities. Well, not that it matters, also in different cities!
    I also did marketing of an online game -wotld - worldofthelivingdead. This was not a part of any job, I did this for a friend. I applied various marketing strategies to increase the number of users of the game from a few hundreds to 2000.

Extra curricular:
Did volunteering work for the blind in Bangalore, India
Was an active member of the undergrad school's event organizing committee.

I am planning on applying to
    Texas A&M - Mays
    UT at Austin - McCombs
    Rice University

Need to figure out a few "safe/reachable" schools. Any ideas on which could be these so called "safe" schools for my profile?

I am not so sure about my GMAT score being enough given my profile. I have been reading that since hordes of IT professionals are applying to business schools, my chances are pretty low. I do believe in my abilities and personality, but sometimes one has to be realistic.

So all advice is welcome!!! Thanks in advance for your time!
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Joined: 24 Jul 2011
Posts: 788
GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V48
GRE 1: 1540 Q800 V740
Followers: 99

Kudos [?]: 410 [0], given: 15

Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 710 - Target top 20 B-Schools [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2011, 09:43
Hi indiegal,

While Booth and Kellogg are ambitious, TAMU, Austin, and Rice are certainly reachable with your profile. Are you looking at Indian/Asian schools as well? Among US B-schools, you can also look at Kenan Flagler, USC, and Emory as relatively safe schools which are also well ranked.

Your GMAT score is decent. While it is true that a disproportionately large number of IT professionals from India apply, it is also true that a significant number get admitted too! What you need to work on is a strong strategy to differentiate yourself from the pack - this is done through writing great essays, having good recommendations, and presenting your overall profile in a way that enables you to make the cut. Being realistic also means refusing to accept anything less than what you deserve.

Your overall academics and professional profile is good - Kurukshetra university is a well known and respected university - you should not have any overbearing concerns there. Your work experience is also rich and varied, across different roles (and locations!).

Put your best foot forward. All the best!

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Re: Profile Evaluation - GMAT 710 - Target top 20 B-Schools   [#permalink] 18 Aug 2011, 09:43
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