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Concentration: Strategy, General Management
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Profile Evaluation. Thank you very much! [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2011, 16:31
Thank you in advance for taking the time to look over my profile!

Demographic information:
Female, 27, grew up in India but am now a U.S. permanent resident

Work Experience:
I will have 5 years of experience (at the time of application) working for an entrepreneurial women-owned consulting company in Washington, DC. I have been promoted every year, reaching a project leadership position in 1.5 years and a management position in 3 (most of the other individuals at my level are in their mid-to-late thirties). I have managed over a dozen projects related to housing and housing finance for a range of government agencies with responsibilities including managing the day-to-day client relationship, timelines, profitability, resource allocation, team performance, issue resolution and deliverable formulation and delivery. I managed one project in particular, that resulted in the company winning a prestigious national small business award from the government agency involved.

Extracurriculars:
I was Treasurer of two campus organizations for three of my four years in college. My junior year of college, I was selected through a competitive hiring process for a position as a Resident Assistant. Since college, I have not really had many extracurriculars in the traditional sense. Given that the company that I work for is a relatively recent, albiet successful, start-up I have spent a lot of time working with the Partner's to build our practice. So I helped the company set up a Project Management Office and delivered company-wide training on the competencies, tools and techniques we developed. I am also currently leading an effort to re-design the compensation and benefits structure for the company and improve employee retention.

GMAT 710 (92% overall, V99%, Q61%)

GPA: 2.75 with a degree from a top 15 undergraduate business school

UG GPA:
While there really is no excuse for my UG GPA, the primary contributor to my low GPA was one very bad year. I was struggling with being away from my family during a difficult time for us all, the demands of being a Resident Assistant and effectively living where you work, and my extracurricular commitments, and my GPA suffered. My GPA before that year was a 3.2 and my GPA my senior year was a 3.5. To help demonstrate that I can handle the coursework of a challenging MBA program, I have been working on building an alternative transcript for the last year or so. I have taken Business Statistics, Managerial Finance and am currently taking Calculus with UCLA's Extension program and have gotten/hope to get As in all of my classes.

Short-term goal: Work for one of the top five strategy consulting companies after my MBA to gain additional experience and exposure to other industries and companies.
Long-term goal: Transition to general management at a consumer products company that has a significant investment in/focus on developing markets.

The schools I am considering applying to are:
Wharton, MIT, Northwestern, NYU, UCLA, Duke, U Va, UNC and USC

I would really appreciate your assessment of my chances of getting into the schools mentioned above, and any thoughts on additions to or subtractions from the list.
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Re: Profile Evaluation. Thank you very much! [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2011, 14:11
I like your profile and I think you have a decent shot at one of the schools you mentioned. Your undergraduate grades will be a challenge (as will your relatively low Q score) but I like the steps that you are taking to mitigate the negative impact. To improve your chances, you will need to have LORs that stress your quantitative abilities. I wouldn't make xcuses for a year of poor performance. Instead, focus on your strong grades senior year and your strong performance after graduation (both professionally and with extra classes).

Your school list looks good. While there is nothing really "safe" on the list, I think you have targeted the right level of school (hard for me to know without knowing where you went undergrad). BUT, your list also looks way too long. LORs are important and you want to respect the time of your recommenders. I'd suggest applying to no more than five schools (this will also enable you to put in the necessary time on the essays).

I'd suggest keeping one or two schools from the first 4 on your list and then two-three from the second part of your list. You may want to add something safer if you are absolutely certain that you want an acceptance in the admissions cycle (some people prefer to try again the following year rather than settling for a lesser school).

Good luck!
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Concentration: Strategy, General Management
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Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 1

Re: Profile Evaluation. Thank you very much! [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2011, 10:51
Thank you for your advice Jessica! I will work on narrowing down my list. I have two quick follow-up questions for you.

1) I went to the University of Richmond for undergrad. Given that, would you advise that I apply to certain schools/not apply to certain schools on my list?
2) What quantitative score would be considered a good score, given my profile?

Thank you for your help Jessica!
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Re: Profile Evaluation. Thank you very much! [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2011, 07:19
I'm not very familiar with the University of Richmond, but, sometimes it helps to apply to schools in the same region as they will be more familiar with the caliber of the program at Richmond.

As for a Q score, I would aim for something in the 80% (or above!). Good luck!
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