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Joined: 03 Jan 2014
Posts: 45
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Marketing
GMAT 1: 660 Q42 V38
GMAT 2: 710 Q48 V39
GMAT 3: 720 Q48 V40
GPA: 3.72
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 11 [0], given: 9

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New post 29 Jan 2014, 12:00
Thank you in advance for your time and input!

I just finished retaking the GMAT and improved from 660 to 710 (Q48 V39, IR 8). I have been doing my research for the past few months and could use some feedback on how to best approach the application process in the fall (planning way ahead).

Background: Caucasian male, 24

Double major in Finance and Economics from Penn State, minor in Business Law. My GPA was 3.72, 3.89 major GPA in Finance.

Since I graduated in 2012, I have been working for a large international healthcare equipment and biotech supply company, with a group that specializes in post M&A branding and customer engagement. I lead our weekly, monthly, and quarterly financial reviews, prepare the financial results for our Chief Commercial Officer, and help with other projects such as annual performance forecasts, expense projections, compensation plans, and strategy/customer partnerships.

In college, I was a member of the cross country club for all 4 years. I was appointed team captain (of 200 members) my first year, elected treasurer my second and third years, and appointed alumni coordinator my fourth year. As the treasurer, I managed a $45,000 annual budget and was responsible for coordinating all of our payments, event registrations, fundraising, and reimbursements. The club was also awarded 'Club of the Year' out of 100+ student organizations while I was treasurer (one of four executive leaders). As the alumni coordinator, I managed alumni relationships and set up social activities on popular visiting weekends. I also danced in the Penn State Dance Marathon (46 hours of no sitting or sleeping) to raise money for the Hershey Fund for Childhood Cancer.

Since undergrad, I have participated twice in the Bike MS cycling team for my company, riding 150 miles across the state of PA to support the National MS Society. My company raised over $14,000 for charity. Outside work I am a marathon runner (Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston so far) and recently ran a 31 mile ultra-marathon.

Volunteer work:
In undergrad, our club raised an average of $26,000 annually for the Hershey Fund. Recently, I have been involved with IceWatch USA, a volunteer effort to monitor local waterway conditions to support climate change research.
I also volunteered for 1 year as the Southeast Regional Representative for the National Intercollegiate Running Club Association, where I was responsible for over 30 existing universities and new university recruitment, as well as managing the race day operations for the Southeast Regional Championship race (15 schools, 300 participants).

I want to progress into a management position in a large company after my MBA, ideally with a similar focus on post-M&A strategy or a focus on sustainable management/corporate social responsibility. I intend to follow the sustainability themes or tracks to prepare for this possibility, and also because I believe it will become highly relevant in the future.

Schools: So far I am focusing heavily on Darden, Fuqua, Berkeley, and Anderson. I am considering Kellogg and Booth as well.

- In my last two GMAT prep test, I scored 740 and 760. Would it be worth attempting the GMAT a third time to try to improve upon 710? Would that affect scholarship potential?
- Does my higher GPA offset or strengthen my odds despite a median GMAT score at most of my targets?
- Is having 3 years of experience at matriculation too soon to apply?

Thanks again for any input!
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New post 04 Feb 2014, 01:54
To start with your profile, a GMAT score of 710 and GPA of 3.72 is good to get you into top business schools. The double major and GPA during finance will definitely improve your chances at your target business schools. The strength of your profile lies in your extra-curriculars which involve good number of leadership roles. Volunteering generally does not impact your application a lot. Taking your work experience into consideration, i think 3 years of work experience is the minimum requirement for top business schools. What is more important for adcoms is the quality of work experience. If you have leadership experience at your work place and some promotions, you'll have a better chance of getting into your target schools. So focus on getting promotions and leadership roles at your workplace for now. 3 years is too soon to apply if you've had no leadership experience at your workplace. In my opinion, a GMAT score of 710 is good, but since you have a lot of time, you should give GMAT another attempt. A high GMAT score on your application is better than a higher GPA. With your profile, you should definitely consider giving a shot to top 5 programs. Download the free ebook on how to get into a top business school at : ... -ebook.php

Good Luck!
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