First, GMAT: given your excellent academics, which obviously include some quant work and which demonstrate stellar analytic capabilitiesy, plus your overall high GMAT, you needn't worry about the lower quant score on the GMAT. The adcoms view this one data point in the context of your application, holistically. There’s plenty of evidence that you can do math.
Your age: you don’t mention it specifically, but I would estimate from the undergrad completion that you’re in late 20s or very early 30s – if this is correct, then you’re on the older end of the normal age range, so I don’t consider it a problem. Once you pass the 32-year threshold, you’re getting into the “older applicant” category.
Also don’t worry about lack of community service. Your overall story – including working while attending school, caring for a sick parent, and the small business – comes together in a meaningful way, and it’s also backed up by professional and academic excellence. The adcoms are looking for people who are engaged and involved in their world and community, and volunteering is just one way.
Your work sounds like it will be a strength, but a key factor will be the leadership and impact you can demonstrate -- key for a top MBA program. What the schools look for in your work is (a) an appropriate professional level , (b) growth, (c) understanding and involvement in business directly or indirectly, and (c) especially for top programs, outstanding track record relative to accomplished peers.
I think it makes sense to apply in R3 – partly due to the age, and partly due to the “why not” factor. Your challenge would be to differentiate yourself in your application
, but you can do that through your insights, perspective, and reflections on your experiences.
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