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Profile Evaluation, testing the waters [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 15:51
Hi, I am considering applying to B school in the next year or so, was wondering what my chances were

Female, 25, white

Undergrad: Northwestern
Majors: religious studies, chemistry
GPA: 3.0
ECs: VP membership, transition officer of my sorority

Grad school: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Degree: MSPH in health policy and management
GPA: 3.5

GMAT: 760

Work:
Pfizer for 1 yr as worldwide policy analyst
Mid-sized pharma consulting firm for 1 yr as consultant

SAT/ACT tutoring in free time for 3 yrs

(previous internships include research at NYU & hospital in Mexico city, AMA, major science/policy think tank in DC)

I'd like to stay in/near NYC- would columbia and/or stern be possible schools? I'd like to take my MBA back to pharma industry, rather than the consulting side
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Re: Profile Evaluation, testing the waters [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 03:48
You have a good profile. Though your GPA is low, your high GMAT will compensate that. You have good college names. Attend the MBA tour in NY this weekend. Columbia is attending as well.

Your profile lacks leadership experiences. Most of your roles seem to be individual centric. Let me know if thats not the case. Your target schools look for strong leadership roles. You should also focus on the 'extra curricular activities' area on your resume.

I think you should stretch yourself and go above the Columbia/Stern level. Aim high. Explore Harvard and MIT as well. They are better placed to help you on your goals. Good luck!

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cleigh wrote:
Hi, I am considering applying to B school in the next year or so, was wondering what my chances were

Female, 25, white

Undergrad: Northwestern
Majors: religious studies, chemistry
GPA: 3.0
ECs: VP membership, transition officer of my sorority

Grad school: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Degree: MSPH in health policy and management
GPA: 3.5

GMAT: 760

Work:
Pfizer for 1 yr as worldwide policy analyst
Mid-sized pharma consulting firm for 1 yr as consultant

SAT/ACT tutoring in free time for 3 yrs

(previous internships include research at NYU & hospital in Mexico city, AMA, major science/policy think tank in DC)

I'd like to stay in/near NYC- would columbia and/or stern be possible schools? I'd like to take my MBA back to pharma industry, rather than the consulting side
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Re: Profile Evaluation, testing the waters [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2012, 03:22
you have the right stats to be competitive at Columbia and NYU. Your UGPA is low, but offset with a high grad school GPA, a tough major, and the right schools. You're also a quant-oriented woman which helps with diversity at most elite MBA programs. Your profile has 3 primary risks that you should try to address in your essays:
(1) Very little work experience. 2 years is not a lot for an elite program. You'll need to prove these years were very substantive and give good reasons for leaving after just 1 year.
(2) Applying for another advanced degree clues the adcom into thinking your a degree collector. Again, will need to explain.
(3) Not sure what you plan to do with the MBA. This might be clear to you, but not from what youve written above (?). But because of how much you've bounced around, the adcom will need to see some demonstration of focus.

You've got the right numbers right now to get into a top program. Wharton or HBS (IMO) will be real stretches, based mostly on item 1 above. But if you're willing to take a risk, it could pay off for you.

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Re: Profile Evaluation, testing the waters   [#permalink] 26 Jul 2012, 03:22
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