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Profile evaluation - reapply? or go Tier 2 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 03:25
Thank you for evaluating my profile.

Female, graduated magna cum laude from a top 20 private University, GPA 3.9, phi beta kappa.
GMAT 680.
4.5 years work experience in communications, 2 years with consumer products clients at a big firm, 2.5 with a small company working with big nonprofits/foundations on global issues.
I'm interested in public-private partnerships/CSR positions after getting my MBA.

Strength: undergrad record, interesting work experience
Weakness: lack of quant/math background, below average math GMAT

I have been accepted into Georgetown's MBA program starting this fall, and am trying to decide whether to attend or to wait a year and reapply to top 5 schools. I interviewed at Harvard, NYU and Columbia during round 2 this year, but got rejected at the first two and waitlisted at Columbia.

If I wait and reapply, I plan to take intro finance/accounting night classes at Columbia's continuing ed school and work to raise my GMAT (the math score is what's dragging it down). I will also have received a raise and a job promotion since I applied last time, and will apply first round in the fall.

I am hesitant to accept at Georgetown given its low ranking, but it does have a good CSR program and is located in DC, which will help build my government sector contacts. On the flip side, if I wait a year and reapply to top five schools, I risk losing a spot altogether for business school, and I'm starting to edge into the older age range (27) for school.

Do you think my reapplication will be strong enough to get into a top 5 school? Do you think Georgetown's reputation is good enough that I shouldn't risk losing out?
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Re: Profile evaluation - reapply? or go Tier 2 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2010, 09:04
For what you're planning on going into (social responsibility/public sector) it's probably not going to make a huge difference -- Georgetown is known for it, it's in the ideal location (DC), and so you likely won't have a harder or easier time finding a job in that area compared to someone who went to a higher ranked school.

From your profile, you do have a shot at schools like Columbia and NYU, even with the profile you have as it is (although sure a higher GMAT would help and a course or two in college-level calculus that you can take through some extension program/night class) -- however, the fact that you got interviewed and waitlisted at one of them suggests that you were certainly in the mix -- you were close. So I wouldn't say it's just the numbers alone - but that your application could've been even stronger.

It's really a personal decision whether you want to wait another year. If your GMAT is 700+ and you take 1-2 courses in calculus/stats/econ/whatever math/ *and* you do an even better job on your application (including interviews), then you probably should be competitive for schools like Columbia, NYU, etc. and schools like HBS are a stretch (but still within reach). But there's still a risk that you won't get in - it can be a very subjective process, and for someone like yourself where it seems like the decision (admit/ding) could really go either way.
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Re: Profile evaluation - reapply? or go Tier 2   [#permalink] 26 Apr 2010, 09:04
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