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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 21:28
Thanks in advance for any advice.

24/White/Male - Looking to apply Fall 2013 for 2014 matriculation.

Education:

Ivy league undergrad (not HYP), double major in Economics and Psychology. ~3.0 GPA

GMAT:

740 (Q50, V40), 97% percentile

Extra Curricular:

In college, was a four year varsity athlete on a conference championship team. I am hoping to partially explain my low GPA through inefficient time-management during my first two years of school. I struggled to balance athletics with 15+ practice hours a week, year round, and a demanding course load. However, I learned from those first two years, practicing much better time-management during my final two years, as evidenced by my significantly higher GPA junior year, and even higher GPA senior year.

Work Experience:

Boutique Management Consulting firm with an emphasis on the use of analytics to solve client problems, 2 years (3 by the time I matriculate). Projects have been varied but have been Strategy/Operations focused for Fortune 500 clients, with heavy use of analytics to add-value for clients. Played a leading role on multiple cases, and was promoted to an associate position early. I am looking to get an MBA as I feel as if I could learn a lot on how to apply my analytic skill set on a larger scale. I want to continue in consulting after my MBA, preferably for one of the larger firms, with a long-term career goal of becoming a COO for a major company.

Wanted to get your thoughts on my odds at getting into a top 10 B-school. I think Harvard/Stanford might be a stretch, but I really like Booth/Wharton/Darden/Tuck and would like to hear your thoughts on my odds of getting into those schools.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2013, 05:53
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The white male thing is tough since it's the largest applicant pool, but you have lots of great profile characteristics including good ecucational pedigree (valued by places like Wharton and Harvard) and NCAA athlete status. True your GPA is low especially for ivy league, where everyone knows grades are inflated, but your reasons are solid and your upward trend in grades coupled with your great GMAT score should make this a non-issue. The fact you have quantitative consulting and an early promotion will bode well for you and staying with the consulting as a short term career goal will make you appear mature and stable. Knowing what you want longer term will also help on the maturity side, and maturity will be important as a younger candidate. Speaking of which, don't be so quick to rule out Stanford and HBS--those are actually the two b-schools in the top 10 who are the best about admitting young candidates. The key is writing a compelling application, one that tells your story with passion and sincerity. The odds are huge with all the applications that go to the top 10 schools, but if you apply to 5 or 6 I would be willing to bet money you get one or more offers to attend based on what I see. Let us know if we can help you pull things together.
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