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shooting for the star-- evaluate my profile please... [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2007, 10:29
Sex: Female
Race: Asian/American
Age: 25 (at matriculation)
Current Location: Chicago

GMAT prospects: 650-700 (will take w/in couple of months)
Undergrad: Health Administration at University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana
Undergrad GPA: cumulative 3.76, major: 3.89

Work Experience:
1 yr at Allstate Insurance, completed the 9 months training course within 5 months.
2 yrs at the University. became a program coordinator after being hired as a data analyst.

Community/Extracurricular:
Mentoring at Boys and Girls Club for 4+ months
Volunteering at Soup Kitchen monthly for 3+ months
Co-founded a small jewelry business and established a website

What is my chance at NYU Stern? Would you recommend anything else that might polish my application?

Thanks in advance!!
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Re: shooting for the star-- evaluate my profile please... [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2007, 15:57
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Sex: Female
Race: Asian/American
Age: 25 (at matriculation)
Current Location: Chicago

GMAT prospects: 650-700 (will take w/in couple of months)
Undergrad: Health Administration at University of Illinois- Champaign Urbana
Undergrad GPA: cumulative 3.76, major: 3.89

Work Experience:
1 yr at Allstate Insurance, completed the 9 months training course within 5 months.
2 yrs at the University. became a program coordinator after being hired as a data analyst.

Community/Extracurricular:
Mentoring at Boys and Girls Club for 4+ months
Volunteering at Soup Kitchen monthly for 3+ months
Co-founded a small jewelry business and established a website

What is my chance at NYU Stern? Would you recommend anything else that might polish my application?

Thanks in advance!!


prospective MBA,

Your profile is solid but not especially unusual or impressive (based at least on what you gave me). If there's more leadership in your work and community life then meets the eye and if you can get that 700 GMAT (or thereabouts) then you have a modest chance at NYU Stern. Critical for you will be showing leadership/impact across your essays and reco letters and highlighting whatever is unusual about your profile or background, including for example personal obstacle overcome stories. You may have to get their attention through your essays, i.e., engaging, big on personality, dynamic etc. Make sure your recommenders are *real* enthusiastic and take the time to write detailed stories about you. Build a personal network at the school with students and alums, visit at least once, know their program back and front and show that in your essays. Since you're young you could also wait a year so you can give them a stronger app next year. See Accepted's advice for young applicants.

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2007, 07:55
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i really appreciate your help!
thank you!


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I've been studying for the GMAT and I'm afraid scoring 650+ will be a hard task for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm going to do my best to do well, but my scores have been consistently low. Having said that, will my chances at NYU STERN decrease drastically if I don't score in the vicinity of 700?
Also, I was accepted to a MHA (Master of Health Administration) program for fall 2007. But I'm having doubts since I am serious about getting an MBA. If I pursue this program, but leave if I get admitted to Stern, will my application be effected negatively? The reason I'm still considering MHA as a back up is because I'm afraid I won't be accepted to Stern for 2008. (I know I'm being ridiculous for focusing on ONE school and one school only. But Stern is where I want to be. Very badly) Would you recommend that I continue gaining work experience and stronger extra curricular activity experience? And forgo on MHA?
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I've been studying for the GMAT and I'm afraid scoring 650+ will be a hard task for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm going to do my best to do well, but my scores have been consistently low. Having said that, will my chances at NYU STERN decrease drastically if I don't score in the vicinity of 700?
Also, I was accepted to a MHA (Master of Health Administration) program for fall 2007. But I'm having doubts since I am serious about getting an MBA. If I pursue this program, but leave if I get admitted to Stern, will my application be effected negatively? The reason I'm still considering MHA as a back up is because I'm afraid I won't be accepted to Stern for 2008. (I know I'm being ridiculous for focusing on ONE school and one school only. But Stern is where I want to be. Very badly) Would you recommend that I continue gaining work experience and stronger extra curricular activity experience? And forgo on MHA?
Thank you!
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Your work experience is not especially strong or unusual, so if your GMAT is also below 700 I don't see NYU Stern as realistic for you. Even with a 700 GMAT it will be a longshot given the profile you gave me. Therefore I would not risk all on getting into NYU. If you get admitted to Stern will your application to what school be affected negatively? If you're admitted to Stern Stern won't care what you do to MHA program. And the MHA program won't be pleased if you leave it for Stern, but they can't stop you. So I don't understand your question. You never said what your post-MBA goals are so I can't advise you whether to forego the MHA. It might be that an MHA and MBA are a great combination for some fields.

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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2007, 05:04
If NYU Stern is a reach for me, do I have a higher chance at admittance to Fordham?
I understand that Fordham doesn't compare to Stern, but would I be at a great disadvantage in the job market after I'm done? Especially with NYU and Columbia graduates competing for the same job?
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If NYU Stern is a reach for me, do I have a higher chance at admittance to Fordham?
I understand that Fordham doesn't compare to Stern, but would I be at a great disadvantage in the job market after I'm done? Especially with NYU and Columbia graduates competing for the same job?
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Prospective MBA,

Your chances of admission at Fordham are excellent, yes. NYU and Columbia graduates generally have an advantage over other graduates in getting employers' attention, but by no means will they be chosen over Fordham graduates every time. Your own performance in B-school, your own work experience and skills, and your own interview skills will go along way toward deciding who hires you. Once you get a few years of post-MBA experience under your belt, you will be judged more on your work experience than on which school you earned your MBA at.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2007, 03:53
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I really appreciate all the help you provide not only me, but to others.
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Paul,
I really appreciate all the help you provide not only me, but to others.
Thank you so much!


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