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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.
Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much about your GPA. You have a career behind you and a GMAT that shows you are capable. Yes, it would have been better if it was a 3.9, but it's not, so split milk and water under the bridge and all that jazz...
I think with your profile, you can reasonably have a shot at Top 10 programs. In my experience applying as a couple can be an advantage, or not. Sometimes it works, sometimes less. But anyhow, you should probably tell the school. In general my feeling is that it can't harm your application in any way.
One thing that surprised me was that Tuck was missing from your school list. Any specific reason for this? Because given the ambience and their strength in General Management it seems to fit the bill. For the rest of the schools in your list, 6-8 of them makes sense. If you can apply to 8 its better, especially you are applying as a couple, and you want to give yourself the most chances for BOTH of you to get accepted, and the best way to do so is by applying to lots of programs. As for which ones, in reality it could be a good mix of any, and from choosing from your list, I would say a lot should lie with fit and personal preference, while keeping a mix of some harder schools to get into like Wharton Harvard, and some a bit easier like Johnson, Darden.
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20 May 2012, 15:08
Thanks for the feedback Jon and for the encouragement. In response to your question, I should probably explore Tuck further. The reason it isn't on my list is really perception-driven, since I have not researched it extensively. It seemed to be a small program, with high selectivity and a couple of contacts suggested that it is very GPA-focused. Which is not to say other schools on the list are not or that my information is accurate. I just have not spent enough time exploring the program, which I will do. Thanks again for your help Jon and I hope you're having a great weekend.
Well all schools are GPA focused, but I feel from what I have seen and from your GMAT score that it shouldn't be tooooo much of an obstacle in your case. Best of luck to you and your husband, and if you have any further questions, just drop us a line.