I like your sense of purpose and drive. You obviously have found your passion and talent in marketing. The high GMAT score & high grad school GPA should help offset your low undergrad GPA a bit. You may want to use the optional essay to explain the low GPA, and that you couldn't change major at the university in China.
I would recommend just going for it this year and give it your best shot. Make sure you are putting together the best possible applications, so if you can't complete all 5 schools in R2, perhaps apply to some of the schools in R3.
We've worked with applicants who were successfully admitted to top business schools despite low GPA, and some even received prestigious fellowship/scholarship awards.
I would be happy to offer you a complimentary consultation if you are interested in getting help. Just send me your info, and we can schedule a time to talk. http://marveladmissions.com/contact-us/
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I'd like to ask some guidance on my profile, what's my chance of getting admitted?
HBS, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Columbia (only interested in going full-time to these schools if I'm admitted)
Profile: I've been in the US since 2007 for my MS in Marketing.
2yrs: automotive retail dealer/digital marketing, Boston
1yr: top-3 automotive European tire company, digital marketing, NYC
2yrs(at time of Fall,13): top-1 US trucking company, digital marketing, Philly.
Goal: I want to be a successful marketing/product person in the automotive manufacturing industry.
all mid-level manager positions, always go above and beyond, consistently promoted, excellent reference from everyone/supervisors/partners.
GMAT (new): 770
MS in Marketing Analytics, Bentley University, Boston. GPA: 3.78, 1/20 in class, interned at Microsoft and Mazda.
BS in Civil Engineering, Top Engineering shool, China. GPA: 2.3 (I hated physics and there is no way to change major, barely made it)
Excellent reference from professors in Graduate School.
managing advertising agency.
Leader in climbing/hiking group, I climbed the highest mountain in each of the 48 states in the US, tons of volunteers in outdoor organizations.
I hated civil engineering and I love marketing and cars, I did my very best to change my fate by getting into a US school and studied what I wanted, I was the top student at Gradate school and had progressed well but I felt in many time without an ivy-league I simply cannot open doors to companies I want to work for. I've worked with many ivy-school people from Google/Mckinsey and felt myself a equal member to them. I'm concerned that my extremely low undergrad GPA/that I did follow the top-undergrade > 3-5 yrs top school formula are going to cost me a chance to go to my dream schools.
extremely persistent and passionate - I had a group of Google engineers working with us by mailing their Senior VPs.
clear career goal, good presenter.
I'm always looking to improve myself and do the best with what I've got.
1. what's my chance of getting admitted in one of the schools?
2. should I apply for R2 '13 or just wait for '14? I do not see any significant career advancement for me for working another year, but applying for R2'13 means I have only 1 month to get reference/essays done and I didn't want to rush it. I'll be 29 in '13 and I'm afraid 30 would be too old for B-schools by looking at their class profile (and I have visited a class at each school, impressed most by Stanford)
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