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Profile Evaluation Please - 700 GMAT, 3.9 GPA

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Profile Evaluation Please - 700 GMAT, 3.9 GPA [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2012, 01:54
Hi,

I am in the midst of the putting together my application for B-School and I am hoping to get an idea on whether my target schools + career aspirations are realistic. I have provided an overview of my profile below:

GMAT: 700, V: 39 (88%), Q: 48 (78%)
GPA: 3.91 from no-name state school
WE: I have 3 years of work experience in digital marketing (SEM), 2.5 of which have been at a digital marketing agency. I've had the opportunity to work with several fortune 500 brands in tech. and retail industries. I have also been in a management role for the past 6 months and currently lead a team of 6 people.
Career Goals: I'd like to build on past experience and secure a position within the digital media department of a top consulting firm.
Target Schools: Northwestern, Michigan, UCLA
Extra-Curricular: 1.5 years on fundraising committee for a local youth program; studied (1 year) and worked (6 month internship) in Europe

My own evaluation: My GMAT is just about par for the top 11 - 20 schools and probably a little low for top 10 programs. I'm concerned that my undergrad degree from a no-name school will hurt me. I'm also concerned that my work experience is a bit light, but hoping that my accomplishments (several promotions, management experience) can make up for that. Lastly, I'm concerned that my GMAT score will be too low to get a job in consulting. I've read online that consulting firms require a minimum of a 700 and that each year the average GMAT score to get hired keeps rising.

Anyhow, I'm in need of a bit of guidance. Are my target schools + career aspirations realistic given the profile? Should I wait a year? Re-take the GMAT?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Profile Evaluation Please - 700 GMAT, 3.9 GPA [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2012, 16:09
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Breaking the 700 GMAT barrier is quite a big achievement, so unless you think you can get a 730 or more, I would not worry about retaking. The management experience is definitely a plus--many applicants to b-school will not have had the opportunity to lead a team professionally and have direct report, so leveraging this perspective will be an advantage. Application numbers are down, so you should have a shot at your target schools, although quality and rigor of your undergrad experience will indeed be a factor as you indicate. The only way to overcome this is to impress them with your career achievements and your career vision, tying them both together into a plan that makes sense and is compelling. Your target schools are not ivy league, so they will not look down on your "no name" UG school like the ivys might. Still, you need to convince them that your responsibility at your job has been progressive and challenging, something that will offer your classmates a unique and insightful perspective.
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