I am wondering if you can give me some thoughts on my profile. I will apply in Fall 2014, and plan on matriculating in Fall 2015. Below are my details:
Male, African-American, 26 years old
GPA: 3.17 at Howard University
Major: Chemical Engineering
GMAT: 730 (Q46 and V44)
I graduated in 05/2010 and started working in 07/2010 for a top multinational oil company (think Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron). After going through training I became a downstream business analyst in 02/2011. While in this role I have continued to gain responsibility while leading improvements in reporting and analysis for my group. At the moment, I am up for a promotion, and would expect to have this position secured prior to round 1 applications.
Hence, I will have about 4 years of working experience by the time I apply and 5 years when I start the program in Fall 2015
Few Clubs and Intramural Sports in undergrad. Since graduating, I have been an active member of my company's recruiting team for my alma mater. Additionally, I have served as Special Events coordinator for a company affinity group, and am an active member of my company's Toastmasters Club. Outside of work, I am heavily involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, where I currently serve as a board member, focusing primarily on club fundraising as well as programming and events for the children. Lastly, I am now an MLT Fellow after gaining admission to Management Leadership for Tomorrow's most recent MBA Prep class.
After the MBA, I would like to go into Management Consulting with a speciality in Energy, and gain exposure to the innovation within this sector.(Renewables, Fracking, etc)
I do understand that my GPA is on the low side, and I plan on taking a quantitative course or two to help mitigate that. Additionally, I hope that my GMAT score/work experience/extracurriculars can help offset my GPA. As of now I plan on applying to HBS, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Tuck(consortium), Ross(consortium), and Fuqua. In your opinion, does my GPA put these programs out of reach? Also are there any other programs that you recommend that I consider?
I really appreciate the feedback, and look forward to hearing from you soon!
You have a veeeeeery nice profile there. You got a lot of things going for you, and although your GPA is on the low side, it's not soooo low that it should do you real harm, especially considering.
As an African-American candidate from a good school, working in a strong industry and with an awesome GMAT, the foundation is totally solid. I still have a few questions about details in your work experience (like what exactly you do, how fast you have moved up, and what sort of leadership you might have), but lets assume that all that is good. I think that Top 10 schools should be within range for you.
I actually think that the thing that sticks out most is your extras - the volunteerwork you do (on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs! yeah!), plus the recruiting team (leadership!), plus MLT fellow are enough extras (and good ones) to tell me: This guy is a good one. Watch out for him.
Apply to all those schools in R1 with awesome essays and fantastic recommendations, and I would hope for some good results,
Good luck sir,
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