I am wondering if you could 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(96%); Q46(73%), V44(97%)
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!
Overall, you are an excellent candidate! And, from what I could read, you seem to be very driven.
With proper execution, you stand a very good chance of getting into all the schools on your list except Wharton (We have seen more applicants getting dinged at Wharton than at Harvard due to their lowish quants score). Since you have an excellent overall GMAT and a decent quants percentile, I honesty do not think you need to take quantitative course to mitigate your low(isn) GPA.
Given the fact that you want to work in MC, I think you should consider applying to INSEAD. One of my client (with background similar to yours) got into INSEAD this year. I think Ross and Fuqua should be safe bets for you.
Let me know if I could be of any help.