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Profile Evaluation. Would really appreciate your advice!

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Concentration: Strategy, General Management
GMAT 1: 710 Q42 V46
GMAT 2: 770 Q49 V48
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Profile Evaluation. Would really appreciate your advice! [#permalink] New post 13 May 2012, 16:02
Thank you in advance for taking the time to look over my profile!

GMAT 2nd Attempt: 770 (99% overall, V99%, Q85%)
GMAT 1st Attempt: 710 (92% overall, V99%, Q59%)

Demographic information:
Female, 28, grew up in India but am now a U.S. permanent resident

Work Experience:
I will have close to 6 years of experience (at the time of application). 5.5 years of that was working for an entrepreneurial women-owned consulting company in Washington, DC, where I was promoted 4 times, reaching a project leadership position in 1.5 years and a management position in 3 (most of the other individuals at my level were in their mid-to-late thirties). To provide a sense of the type of experiences I have had, I have managed over a dozen projects 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. Most recently, I managed the successful development and launch of a new technology-facilitated service for the company. I have recently moved as an experienced hire to a mid-market company with a global presence to gain exposure working for a larger organization before I go back for my MBA.

Extracurriculars:
Post-college, I spent a lot of time working with the Partner's of the entrepreneurship I was with to develop the company and build our practice. I led a group that focused on internal team-building through organizing social, athletic and community service events. I led recruitment efforts for the company. I helped the company set up a Project Management Office and delivered company-wide training on the competencies, tools and techniques we developed. I also led an effort to re-design the compensation and benefits structure for the company and improve employee retention.

GPA: 2.75 with a business degree from a top 15 undergraduate business school
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 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 and a half 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 corporate strategy and, eventually, senior management at a consumer products company that has a significant investment in/focus on developing markets.

Other information: My husband I are going to be applying together. To give you a sense of his profile, he is white, 27, GMAT: 740 (overall 96%, V98%, Q85%), UG GPA of 3.72 from the same college as me (he had 2 majors and 2 minors). He will have over 5 years of experience at the time of application, working for a mid-market consulting company with a global presence. He has been promoted twice, most recently to a management position. He has led recruitment efforts for his company and led company teams in participating in the largest annual community service event in our city.

The schools we are interested in, and hope to select 6-8 from are:
1. Kellogg,
2. Booth,
3. Wharton,
4. Sloan,
5. Harvard,
6. Darden,
7. Stern/Columbia
8. Fuqua,
9. Ross,
10. Kenan-Flagler, &
11. Johnson

I would really appreciate your assessment of our chances of getting into the schools mentioned above, and your input on selecting 6-8 schools from the list.
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Re: Profile Evaluation. Would really appreciate your advice! [#permalink] New post 19 May 2012, 09:09
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Hi isharmaur,

You have a very strong candidacy. Regarding your undergraduate GPA, I recommend you read this case study of how one candidate addressed a sub 3.0 GPA:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/comprehens ... ies/case5/

We also offer school specific advice on particular MBA programs here: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-school-hub/

For the list of programs, my advice is to reach out to alumni and current students to hear about their experiences. In the end, you will receive a very different experience attending a program such as Columbia, as opposed to one such as Kellogg. Part of this is geographic - students in the North East are often drawn into finance. I would not underestimate the importance of the location of the program. The more data points you can gather, the better your end decision will be. All of the schools listed though provide fantastic options.

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Re: Profile Evaluation. Would really appreciate your advice! [#permalink] New post 20 May 2012, 15:18
Thanks for the feedback Conrad. I appreciate it.
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