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Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 21 May 2009, 14:32
Hi,

I recently applied to Haas(Round 4) dinged with no interview and Stanford(Round 3) dinged after interview.

I really want to go to either school and hope to apply again next year. Here's my profile. Please give me some advice on how I can strengthen my application or if I should just forget it.

If I should forget these two then where else do you recommend?

I am a 24 year old Asian female international student. I have a 3.67 GPA. I graduated from a mediocre state school in Civil Engineering. GMAT 660.

I was the president of the civil engineering honor society, editor of the college magazine, coach of a cheerleading team, and a couple other activities revolving around these societies. Studied abroad, been in an innovation competition.

Currently, I work for a general contractor as a project engineer. I just graduated one year ago so by next year I'll have two years experience in project management. We do very high profile infrastructure jobs. Before that, I interned for a multinational civil engineering design firm.

Ever since working I've been busy with one thing after another. First I was studying to get licensed as an EIT. Then I was studying for GMAT (which I think if I retake I can do better on). Then I was working on my applications which explains why I did the last round for both Haas and Stanford.

I want an MBA because it would really help me in my project management career. Also, I want to get involved in public management (like running projects at BART or Caltrans). I also want to start up a construction related business and work on helping women in engineering.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 21 May 2009, 15:06
twny you will find this thread useful from a reapplicants POV :
2008-zero-admits-where-are-they-now-77761.html

I'm not quite the expert that Alex is but IMHO your profile is strong and interesting. However, you might have left the application to very late in the process.

The very best of luck for next year.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 21 May 2009, 17:38
Two things:

(1) Apply in Round 1 this upcoming year.

(2) Retake the GMAT.

These were the two things that really hurt you (applying late, with a mediocre GMAT for your target schools). If you want to target a top 16 school, you need around a 680 or higher (and ideally above 700) to be safe.

On the surface, it seems like you have an interesting enough story to tell, so I'd give Stanford and Berkeley another shot. Stanford is a stretch for just about everyone, but assuming you apply early with a higher GMAT, then it's at least worth giving it a shot.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 22 May 2009, 14:37
Hi Alex,

Thanks for responding.

What else can I do to improve my application?

So if I retake the GMAT and raise my score to over 700, are my chances still slim to none or do you think I have a decent shot?
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant [#permalink] New post 25 May 2009, 09:05
As I said in my previous post, reapply to Stanford and Haas in Round 1 this year.

And don't suck on the essays and interviews. That's about all you can do -- you can't change who you are in a few months; you don't accomplish great things overnight. You are who you are *now*, and if you want to change or improve who you are (i.e. become even more accomplished) -- that takes years, not months.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Reapplicant   [#permalink] 25 May 2009, 09:05
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