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Profile within; please advise me! [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2011, 15:26
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Ok, so here is my profile. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

1) 710 GMAT 46V 41Q 6.0 AWA (first try, never took a practice test).

2) B.S. Business - State School; 3.2 Undergrad GPA (3.7 Major); Worked 30 - 35 hrs/wk in school; Fraternity member; Numerous community service projects.

3) 6+ years of work experience in real estate - specifically student housing. Experience in public and private sectors, promoted several times, went from entry level to top manager in company quickly. Lots of recognition, awards, etc. in large private company. Quick success, great letters of recommendation from both Universities and private company. Much of my work experience has revolved around quantitative analysis (forecasting, market analysis, budget development and oversight) which could help off-set the skewed GMAT score.

4) 29 year old white guy. Grew up in farm family, parents do not have college education. Have always supported myself; paid for education, paid to study abroad and learn Spanish / Intl. Business. Unique experiences moving from place to place with company doing internal consulting, due dilligence, marketing, etc.

5) I have worked in privatized student housing and learned much about the operations, acquisition, and financing of existing properties. I then moved to the public sector to gain experience in development of new housing from the public angle. I want to go to a top MBA program to network and find individuals to eventually begin a student housing company.

I currently live in SoCal and am looking at the big schools in the area first (UCLA, USC, UCI Merage), but I am also interested in branching out (Haas, Stanford, Kellogg, Wharton, Ross, Booth, Stern). What do my chances look like for these programs? Would I be more suited for a lower tier program? Any suggestions? Any advice would certainly help. Thank you!
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Re: Profile within; please advise me! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2011, 13:15
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I say always go for as lofty a school as you can, and your profile is good--if your undergrad school is well regarded, you should have a shot at a top 10 school for MBA. A 710 is outstanding without practice, so if you are so inclined, you could study/take a course and maybe post a 750, which could help you since 29 year old white guys don't post a lot of big GMAT scores historically. I also like your story and weaving this together in a strategic way. if you don't have the time to do another GMAT, no worries, just focus on your story and I like how it ties into your long term vision. You should work on a good stepping stone for a short term vision to tie it all together. Some people mistake short term vision as going to business school--this is not correct. When a school asks for a short term vision, they want to know what you plan to do immediately after graduation to take you out over the subsequent five years. Long term vision is after that, say 6-15 years out. You are wise to pick schools near where you want to be practiciing real estate--obviously a very local market. I was a real estate developer after b-school myself and have helped several people get into b-schools with that focus or also MRED programs. Let us know if we can help you pull everything together.
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