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Request for Evaluation [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2005, 07:21
Hi Linda,

I was wondering if you could evaluate my chances of admission in top 10 MBA programs in the US.

Profile:

Target session: Fall '06 (Full-time)

Age : 30 yr old male

Citizenship: Indian (Might become US permanent resident by the time I apply)

GMAT : 760 (99 %) (Q - 51, V - 41) (2nd attempt)
710 (94 %) (Q-50, V-35) (first attempt)

MS in Engineering : The Ohio State University (Overall GPA: 3.25, Major GPA: 3.54) - Studied on full research scholarship; Published papers and applied for a patent.


BS in Engineering : IIT - Roorkee (One of the best undergrad institutes in India: Equivalent GPA should be ~ 3.8)

Work Exp: Moved away from my engg studies and joined the IT. 5 + yrs exp in IT ( in the USA ) with focus in Supply Chain Mgmt and Warehouse Management Systems. Started from Jr. Software Engineer then promoted to Software Engineer and now working as Sr. Software Engg. My current role involves mentoring and guiding junior engineers during software development lifecycle and various project management responsibilities.

Community Service: Was a volunteer in National Social Services back in India during my undergrad study. Trying to get into some community forum now.

Other Activities: I was the editor-in-chief in my undergrad newsletter. For fun, play tennis, swim etc.

Recommendations: Will be able to get good recos from my former boss and from an ex-colleague. However, getting a reco from my present boss is not possible for obvious reasons.

I wud appreciate your feedback on the following:

1) My chances in top 10 MBA programs with focus in Information Tech and
E-Commerce.
2) Advise on some specific top ten schools that I should target.
3) Should I apply in Round 1 or Round 2 ?
4) Any particular action(s) I should take in next 3-4 mos to fill any holes I
might have in my app.
5) Should I await applying for Fall '07 instead of Fall '06 and try to beef up
my community service exp or anything else ?


Regards

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Re: Request for Evaluation [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2005, 10:27
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banerjeea_98 wrote:
Hi Linda,

I was wondering if you could evaluate my chances of admission in top 10 MBA programs in the US.

Profile:

Target session: Fall '06 (Full-time)

Age : 30 yr old male

Citizenship: Indian (Might become US permanent resident by the time I apply)

GMAT : 760 (99 %) (Q - 51, V - 41) (2nd attempt)
710 (94 %) (Q-50, V-35) (first attempt)

MS in Engineering : The Ohio State University (Overall GPA: 3.25, Major GPA: 3.54) - Studied on full research scholarship; Published papers and applied for a patent.


BS in Engineering : IIT - Roorkee (One of the best undergrad institutes in India: Equivalent GPA should be ~ 3.8)

Work Exp: Moved away from my engg studies and joined the IT. 5 + yrs exp in IT ( in the USA ) with focus in Supply Chain Mgmt and Warehouse Management Systems. Started from Jr. Software Engineer then promoted to Software Engineer and now working as Sr. Software Engg. My current role involves mentoring and guiding junior engineers during software development lifecycle and various project management responsibilities.

Community Service: One of the moderators in GMATClub :-D .Was a volunteer in National Social Services back in India during my undergrad study. Trying to get into some community forum now.

Other Activities: I was the editor-in-chief in my undergrad newsletter. For fun, play tennis, swim etc.

Recommendations: Will be able to get good recos from my former boss and from an ex-colleague. However, getting a reco from my present boss is not possible for obvious reasons.

I wud appreciate your feedback on the following:

1) My chances in top 10 MBA programs with focus in Information Tech and
E-Commerce.
2) Advise on some specific top ten schools that I should target.
3) Should I apply in Round 1 or Round 2 ?
4) Any particular action(s) I should take in next 3-4 mos to fill any holes I
might have in my app.
5) Should I await applying for Fall '07 instead of Fall '06 and try to beef up
my community service exp or anything else ?


Regards


IMpressive profile. To answer your questions:

1) You have a strongly competitive profile for top 10 MBA program in IT. Focus on those with higher average ages.
2) MIT, CMU, Duke, Haas, Wharton, Kellogg
3) Linda's Rule: Apply in the first round possible PROVIDED you don't compromise the quality of your applciation.
4) As you indicated, more community involvement would strengthen your application. Also, take the time to do school research: visit the schools (if you are in the US) , attend info sessions, correspondend with current students and recent alumni.
5) Considering your age, I wouldn't wait to apply. Start your extra-curricular commitment ASAP so that you will have something to write include in your application. If rejected, you can continue your community service and reapply in '07.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2005, 11:00
Linda:

Thanks a lot for a quick response. One follow up question.

In addition to what u already suggested, which of the following schools wud u recommend based on my chances ?

1) Chicago GSB
2) Harvard
3) Dartmouth
4) Michigan
5) Stanford

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2005, 11:06
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banerjeea_98 wrote:
Linda:

Thanks a lot for a quick response. One follow up question.

In addition to what u already suggested, which of the following schools wud u recommend based on my chances ?

1) Chicago GSB
2) Harvard
3) Dartmouth
4) Michigan
5) Stanford

Thanks


What do you want to do after your MBA?
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2005, 11:13
My idea is to first move in the e-commerce and information tech management world after MBA and then shoot for starting my own company. That's the reason, why I am looking at Stanford, Chicago and Michigan. I heard they are good in IT as well, although I might be wrong on that account as I haven't started doing my own research yet.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2005, 13:59
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banerjeea_98 wrote:
Linda:

Thanks a lot for a quick response. One follow up question.

In addition to what u already suggested, which of the following schools wud u recommend based on my chances ?

1) Chicago GSB
2) Harvard
3) Dartmouth
4) Michigan
5) Stanford

Thanks


Stanford certainly is strong in the IT world, but it like HBS, seems to prefer younger applicants. HBS and Stanford are stretches given your age and weakness in community service. You are more competitive at the other schools on your list. Double check Chicago's and Michigan's strength in IT. I am sure that you can get hired at IT firms graduating from those schools, but I am not sure that relative to the schools I named, they are as good. Check the recruiting stats and the curriculum offerings.

Dartmouth has a Center for Digital Research and obviously is close to the whole Boston scene, so it does have strength in that area, plus it has a fantastic general management program. Again, you may want to research whether it has as much as you want in IT relative to the schools I mentioned.

Good luck!
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