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Hi Paul – a bit over a year ago I posted the following profile evaluation (please see below).
Back then my target schools were quite ambitious, however I just came back from the examination center with a disappointing 580 on my gmat (second attempt, scored 570 on the first one). Honestly, I don’t think I can score much higher than this…
I know this grade automatically discards me from ultra elite, and elite schools. I was still thinking on applying to UCLA… I know is a long shot, but… any thoughts?
What other schools would you recommend?, thanks so much!
Age:27 Born and lived in Spain until September '06 Currently: Live and work in NYC (2 years so far)
Education: MSc Engineering (5 year degree). Concentration in Agriculture and Enviromental Engineering - June 2004. GPA= 2.3 Top 20 percentile of my class. (Engineering schools in Spain have a very tough grading system. Completed degree in 5 years. Average years to conclude this degree 7 years. First year: 20% of drop outs.
2001-2003: Student Representative and member of the University Student's Association 2002-2003: Head and Treasurer of the University Student's Association
2003-2004: granted scholarship to do final thesis between University and a UK Company. (published two scientific communications derived from that project)
2003-2004: Member of the National Association of AgroEngineering
Jan 2008- to present: member of the Junior Board of a Non Profit for chronically sick kids in NYC
- Sept 2004-Aug 2006 - Consulting firm, Madrid --> Analyst (SIT). Worked in several IT projects for major UK bank.( Led a team of 3 people, led workshops and worksessions with the client. Developed strong technical acumen and high client visibility) - Sept 2006 to present - Consulting firm. Moved to the Management Consulting service line (also transferred to the NY office), have been working in porjects in New York/Phoenix/Chicago --> Senior Analyst ( Business Consulting role. Online strategy for a major Travel Company) Promoted to consultant in Sept 2007 (work for different projects at Large credit card client, in new product development-Product Management)
I am aiming to start program fall 2009 - (Total working experience 5 years in sept 2009).
If you quant score is decent and it's your verbal score bringing you down, some schools may cut you some slack. However, most top-ranked schools are unlikely to admit the vast majority of applicants with GMAT scores under 600. If you really want to apply to UCLA, go ahead and do so, but understand that it's a longshot, and that the applicants that UCLA does admit with scores under 600 are probably underrepresented minorities. You may want to target UCLA's part-time program, if you can, to improve your odds. Otherwise, consider applying to schools like Michigan State (Broad), Babson, USC (Moore), Pittsburgh, and Case Western. These are decent schools where your 580 won't be far from their median scores.