I am trying to narrow down my list of schools and would like help. I'm planning to apply to 6 schools Round 1 and that’s IT. (l.e., no Round 2.) Concerned that because of the low GPA, GMAT split, age, and lack of brand name work experience, my chances at the H/S/W set are too low to bother with. I don’t want to use up my precious 6 slots for schools at which I don’t really have a shot. Schools I’m currently considering are
Given the profile below, which two would YOU drop? Is the list of potential schools unrealistic overall?
Age: will be 32 at time of enrollment
GPA: 2.6, public ivy, economics and English double major (unfocused, took lots of hard/weeder classes, no upward trend but last year was good)
Grad GPA: 3.67, top 5 public policy master’s, curriculum included quant classes/electives with good performance
GMAT: 740, 45 Q (68th percentile), 47 V (99th percentile)
Work exp: 2 years of AmeriCorps after college (full time volunteer work; project leader 2nd year), [then master’s 2 years], a year of a few different temporary positions, 4 years as analyst in health services research at a large nonprofit on the East Coast – one level change from I to II after 2.5 years, but not title change
Career plans: start with consulting, plan to open own consulting firm one day offering combined management, research, and policy expertise
Extracurriculars: worked a few different p/t jobs in college, maybe 10-12 hrs a week, not much during professional life, student leadership association during grad school
Other: foreign language
I would drop Stanford and Harvard. I think you are aiming a little high. Perhaps add Cornell Johnson and Duke.
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