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Profile Evaluation Request - African American Male

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Joined: 09 Nov 2009
Posts: 23
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 730 Q46 V44
GPA: 3.17
WE: Operations (Energy and Utilities)
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Profile Evaluation Request - African American Male [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2014, 17:12
Hi,

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

Education:
GPA: 3.17 at Howard University
Major: Chemical Engineering
GMAT: 730 (Q46 and V44)

Work Experience:
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

Extra-curricular Activities:
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.

Career Goals:
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!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request - African American Male [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2014, 15:26
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GPA is perhaps the most flexible of the profile attributes for b-school. unlike the GMAT, schools cannot use someone's GPA to gain any comparable insight into their abilities vs. someone else, unless that person went to the same school at the same time. Some undergrad schools are notorious for high grades, and some for low grades etc. Howard is a great school of course, so you will get points for graduating from such a good school. Additionally, your GMAT will really separate your from the pack. Because there are far fewer African Americans applying to b-school, most top schools very aggressively recruit AA applicants. My view of your overall profile (at least what you have listed here) is very favorable and I would say you have a shot at any or all of your target schools. Let us know if you need help. We have specialists who graduated from your entire target list and can likely provide you with valuable guidance towards presenting your story in the best possible way to appeal to the adcoms.
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