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Profile Evaluation, Somewhat unusual [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2007, 17:53
I'd appreciate any input:

24 year old white female.
Graduated with 3.1 GPA from top public university (double major, liberal arts, lower gpa due to having multiple jobs at once to support myself)
GMAT: 680, 41 Verbal, 42 Quan, 6.0 AWA
Work Experience: 2 years at non-profit, nice contributions, great recommendations...more leadership positions in full-time summer employment during undergrad but plenty of contributions and progress at current job
Other: Lots of service/community oriented activities during college. Less since, because I have been taking graduate level classes, including some to boost my weak quan background (although I had lots of stats classes in undergrad and plenty of financial related experience since, I had no calc/advanced math classes).

What's maybe more unusual is that I want to end up in a non-profit sector, and that doesn't exactly seem to be the norm. I do have some ideas for schools I'd like to apply (UNC, Georgetown....) BUT I'm not exactly sure at what tier of school I should be aiming? I want a good fit more than anything (not necessarily the most prestigious school), but I'm not really sure what schools are reaches vs. good fits as far as my ability to get in. Any advice GREATLY appreciated. Also, should I aim for lower tier schools if I'm looking for more financial aid? Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation, Somewhat unusual [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2007, 18:54
unbmm wrote:
I'd appreciate any input:

24 year old white female.
Graduated with 3.1 GPA from top public university (double major, liberal arts, lower gpa due to having multiple jobs at once to support myself)
GMAT: 680, 41 Verbal, 42 Quan, 6.0 AWA
Work Experience: 2 years at non-profit, nice contributions, great recommendations...more leadership positions in full-time summer employment during undergrad but plenty of contributions and progress at current job
Other: Lots of service/community oriented activities during college. Less since, because I have been taking graduate level classes, including some to boost my weak quan background (although I had lots of stats classes in undergrad and plenty of financial related experience since, I had no calc/advanced math classes).

What's maybe more unusual is that I want to end up in a non-profit sector, and that doesn't exactly seem to be the norm. I do have some ideas for schools I'd like to apply (UNC, Georgetown....) BUT I'm not exactly sure at what tier of school I should be aiming? I want a good fit more than anything (not necessarily the most prestigious school), but I'm not really sure what schools are reaches vs. good fits as far as my ability to get in. Any advice GREATLY appreciated. Also, should I aim for lower tier schools if I'm looking for more financial aid? Thanks!


im not that familiar with non-profit, but i do know yale is the known for its non-profit strength, and has a loan-forgiveness program for those entering non-profit after graduation.
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seems like... [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2007, 03:50
Thank you...Seems like maybe that would be quite a reach, considering my stats...I have no idea my chances anywhere because it's hard to compare myself to the typical applicant. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Profile Evaluation, Somewhat unusual [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2007, 21:48
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unbmm wrote:
I'd appreciate any input:

24 year old white female.
Graduated with 3.1 GPA from top public university (double major, liberal arts, lower gpa due to having multiple jobs at once to support myself)
GMAT: 680, 41 Verbal, 42 Quan, 6.0 AWA
Work Experience: 2 years at non-profit, nice contributions, great recommendations...more leadership positions in full-time summer employment during undergrad but plenty of contributions and progress at current job
Other: Lots of service/community oriented activities during college. Less since, because I have been taking graduate level classes, including some to boost my weak quan background (although I had lots of stats classes in undergrad and plenty of financial related experience since, I had no calc/advanced math classes).

What's maybe more unusual is that I want to end up in a non-profit sector, and that doesn't exactly seem to be the norm. I do have some ideas for schools I'd like to apply (UNC, Georgetown....) BUT I'm not exactly sure at what tier of school I should be aiming? I want a good fit more than anything (not necessarily the most prestigious school), but I'm not really sure what schools are reaches vs. good fits as far as my ability to get in. Any advice GREATLY appreciated. Also, should I aim for lower tier schools if I'm looking for more financial aid? Thanks!


unbmm,

I think you may be selling yourself short a bit. You have a respectable to good GMAT score, your work requirement in college will mitigate your GPA, you appear to be a real joiner community-wise with a demonstrated track record in your post-MBA career track (non-profit), and you're a female, which is an asset when applying to B-schools. UNC and Georgetown would be pleased to have you I think and Yale would not be stretch (though somewhat tougher than UNC and GU).

Look at Beyond Grey Pinstripes for ideas on where to apply. Among its top 10, I think you would have a chance at Michigan, Notre Dame, Cornell, and Yale. Haas and CBS would be longshots but not impossible depending on the specifics of your career impact.

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