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24/White/Male - Looking to apply Fall 2013 for 2014 matriculation.
Ivy league undergrad (not HYP), double major in Economics and Psychology. ~3.0 GPA
740 (Q50, V40), 97% percentile
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.
Post college, worked as a pro-bono consultant for a non-profit, providing consulting and financial planning services to entrepreneurs in low-income areas. Continue to play baseball for a local adult team.
Boutique Management Consulting firm with an emphasis on the use of "Big Data" and 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, doing analytics work myself and managing data scientists. 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!
To start off with, I would need to know more details about your grades -- a 3.0 can have many iterations and if you had multiple grades below a C it will impact your chances (verses a steady academic record of B's across the board). Also, I would want to see your grade trends -- seeing how/if your grades improved between your freshman and senior years. Regardless of these, you are going to have to perform very well on your GMAT as if you do, it might be possible to somewhat mitigate your lower than average GPA.
There is some good news to your candidacy. Admissions at many schools value Ivy degrees and also value varsity athletics. You also seem to have interesting enough work experience and community service that these aspects of your candidacy would be considered competitive. You also seem to have developed enough career goals that if properly marketed can be transformed into a compelling application essays.
Your candidacy has no room for error moving ahead since you want to target T 10 programs. This means that your essays, recommendations, resume, interview and the like have to be perfect. Also, your GMAT score has to be of the level where they have no questions that you can compete with people who performed much better than you did in college. This means that you have a lot of work to do between now and the time you submit your applications.
Thanks for the reply. To answer your question around the GPA - no grades below a C, steady, if unspectacular, upward trend. (2.8->2.9->3.1->3.2).
In regards to your question about the GMAT score, I took the test in Feb and scored a 740 - Q50, V40. Do you think this score reaches the level mentioned in your post? Based on this new information, are you able to more efficiently assess my candidacy?
For schools Booth, Wharton and Tuck, you are going to need to have a great application to convince admissions that you deserve a spot in their schools. This can be done, but your application is going to have to be very compelling. Also, I would recommend (if you have time) to take a few classes before you submit your application to show that you are a different student that what your undergraduate transcript represents. Two classes is all you really need. As for Darden, it is a bit easier to get in so I think you can apply "as is" -- just make sure your application is as good as it can be.
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...