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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2013, 15:21
Hello,

I took the GMAT today and would love to get some feedback on my profile and how well (or not) I am placed for the colleges I have shortlisted. I am a working professional and only looking for part time programs.

Below is a brief snapshot of my profile:

Ethnicity/Location - 29 years old Indian male, have been working in US for over 5 years.
GMAT - 730 (Q49,V40), IR - 7, No AWA score yet as I took the exam today, shouldn't be outrageous.
Academics - B.Tech (Electronics & Comm) from a non IIT/NIT college in India with 71% marks.
Work Experience - I have a total 7.5 years work experience primarily in IT consulting. I am currently working as a Solution Architect for an IT consulting (non Big-4) company. I am primarily involved in Business Intelligence strategy and implementation work. I have worked for multiple clients from multiple domains (Retail, Healthcare, Oil & Gas etc.). I have managed teams (onsite/offshore), delivery and also have been heavily involved in pre-sales and sales cycles.
I have always been a top performer in the organizations I have worked for. I have received multiple awards for performance and have been promoted very frequently. Also, I am currently one of the highest paid in my peer group (compared to friends working for Big-4 IT consulting firms). I am well placed to gain another promotion next year and bump my salary by another 10-15%. I am mentioning the salary part to lead to my question, whether the fact that I can fully financed my degree has any bearing on my application.
Extra Curricular - This is the weakest part of my application as I have got not much to show for it. I was involved in some of the administration and committees when I was in college, but it has never been my primary focus. I would like to know how much negative impact this will have on my application.
Target Schools - Haas, Mccombs, Booth, Kellogg and Foster (TMMBA). I can consider some other schools as well if I can't get into these, but Foster and Mccombs are my safe schools (I could be wrong about that).

So, based on above, I would love some feedback on 1) when should I start applying? and 2) What are my chances for the schools mentioned above?.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 12:51
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First, your lack of extracurriculars will be an issue more for some schools, e.g., Kellogg, than for others. And it’s rarely make-or-break; usually this issue colors the application on the margins. Also, there may be informal ways you’ve contributed to your community; don’t overlook those.

Although your work track record seems outstanding and your GMAT is strong, because you are in the over-represented Indian IT category, I would consider Kellogg and Haas to be high reaches, and McCombs to be on the border of on-par and reasonable reach (I wouldn't say it's safe). Foster should be on-par or nearly so.

As for when to apply, if you can get great applications in by R2, it would be great. Otherwise, go for R3 with the understanding that admission is less likely (and you can always reapply without negative consequences as long as you can show growth). If you can't do R2, alternatively wait till next year, but you'll be trending older then, and that brings its own challenges.

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