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Joined: 11 Jan 2011
Posts: 51
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 680 Q46 V38
GMAT 2: 730 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.03
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
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profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 13 May 2011, 10:01
Hello Stacy,

I applied to 5 schools this year:
Wharton (r1 - interview - ding),
Stern (r1-no interview-waitlist),
Darden (r1-interview-waitlist),
Booth (r2-interview-ding),
Yale (r2-ding).

To boost my chances of getting of waitlist I retook the GMAT and got a much better score: Score 1: 680 V 38 Q46. Score 2: 730 V 42 Q48.

Given the somewhat disappointing results, I am starting to develop a strategy for 2012. I would appreciate any advice and feedback you may have, especially around schools I should be targeting.

I am 28, male. International applicant working in US. Travelled extensively, lived outside my home country for 10 years. Five years of work experience in consulting, have managed projects end to end. Worked on some unique projects. Co-author on a congressional study of a major housing issue.

Undergrad GPA 3.03 from University of Richmond. Majored in Economics and Finance, but the hold a degree in Business Administration. Post MBA goals include transitioning to work in finance or a bigger consulting firm.

I really like Stern and Darden. So one specific question I have is whether or not the schools encourage re-applicants? What can I do beyond re-taking the GMAT to prepare for the “re-applicant essays”? Are there any other school you would recommend looking into. This year my choice of school was guided to an extent by availability of no-cosigner loans.

Thank you
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Re: profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 17 May 2011, 09:27
Hi Fuji,
Sorry to hear about your disappointing results so far. Are you still waitlisted at Stern and Darden? If so, I would not give up hope. There is still a lot of movement going on at top schools as people make decisions and there is a trickle down of good news for those on the waitlist. You need to first focus on managing the waitlist effectively.

If you do not end up getting in, Stern and Darden will both be friendly towards your reapplication. BUT it is essential that you demonstrate some sort of change and progress since your last application. There are tons of ways that you can show that progress - in work, community efforts, personal goals. You want to demonstrate that you have grown and evolved. This may include further refining your career goals and showing that you have taken small steps to get closer to reaching them. It may include stepping up from sporadic volunteer work to serving on a board or speaheading a specific volunteer project. Or perhaps you have not had any community involvements and now you do.

Think about who you were as an applicant and then spend some time thinking about v 2.0 of you. I am optimistic that you will be successful given your results last year. The GMAT increase is impressive (no need to take it again, by the way) and it seems like you have some terrific work experience to speak to. You should add new schools to the mix, so it is not all reapplications. Other schools to look at: Michigan, Fuqua, McCombs, Cornell.

Good luck to you! I would love to hear where you end up.
Stacy
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Manager
Joined: 11 Jan 2011
Posts: 51
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 680 Q46 V38
GMAT 2: 730 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.03
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 0

Re: profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 06:52
Hi Stacy,

Thanks so much for your feedback. Just got word of a ding from Stern. Oh well, at least I do not have to submit two of the essays. I have a follow question. The worst grade that I got for my undergrad was a D for calc II. I received a B+ for calc I prior to that and afterwards went on to get a B + in Mathematical Economics, which uses pretty much the same math concepts. It was bad a semester and I feel like I course corrected. I explained my position in the optional essay. However, I wonder if there is any merit in taking a quantitative online course or is the good quant score on GMAT evidence enough?
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