I applied to Kellogg, MIT, Michigan and Duke this past year in round 2 and so far Kellogg: (interview and skeptically waiting fingers crossed), MIT (ding no interview), Michigan (no interview), Duke (interview & WL). Barring unexpected circumstances I expect to be reapplying next year and wanted to ask your advice on school choice and round choice. I'm a less traditional applicant and was advised that round 2 was preferable but am open to new perspectives. Also, what I can do to improve my chances next year other than retaking the GMAT which I plan to do and know I can improve at least 20 points. Should I take a course to further show I'm a more mature/successful student since I was an undergrad and had sub-competitive grades.
Age: 28 current
Demo: White Male
GMAT: 720 (Q:47 V:44)
Academic (at #1 and #2 policy schools): Undergrad 3.1 (w/ one very bad and explainable semester and double major), Grad in public policy 3.6
WE: 4.5 years working for a federal agency providing advisory services (written testimonies, briefings, reports) on policy issues mostly focused in the defense sector. I've had considerable salary growth and responsibilities and have a promotion to be official at end of March. However have not extensive supervisory experience.
EC: In school was Div 1 athlete, several undergrad externships, several notable awards and was contributing author to textbook. Also organized highly successful recruiting trip in graduate school leading to several job offers for classmates and is currently an annual event. Since school started non-profit professional development non-profit that has grown very large and attracted corporate sponsors.
Career Goals: Consulting, with an eye to M/B/B and long term goals of returning to government as an executive