Iâ€™ve submitted first round applications to HBS and Sloan. Iâ€™m currently working on first round applications to Johnson and Tuck. Iâ€™m beginning to wonder whether I should consider applying to another school or 2, as each of these schools are VERY competitive!
Undergrad degree: Information Technology Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
GMAT: 730 (99% verbal, 79%quantitive) 6 AWA
Recommendations: Previous Supervisor, Previous Client, and Professor of MBA class I took as an undergrad at RPI. (Iâ€™ve written an essay indicating that because of the size of my company I donâ€™t feel comfortable letting them know Iâ€™m applying to business school, Iâ€™ve been with this company less than 8 months)
Work experience: 3 years as of now, 4 before matriculation. 2 entrepreneurial companies, acting as developer, applications consultant, senior consultant, my title is now Project Manager. I have extensive leadership roles and client interaction experiences to write about.
Extra: I volunteer coach 12-15 year old ski racers in a local program
Why MBA: I want to move away from specific client projects, and get more involved in general organizational management. My ultimate goals are entrepreneurial, I need to develop my understanding of marketing, organizational theory, and leadership strategies to be a more effective entrepreneurial leader.
Let me know if you think Iâ€™m taking a big risk by only applying to Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, and Cornell. If I wait to see if I get into one of these schools first round, it will be too late for second round at most schools. Any suggestions for other programs I should consider?
Thanks for your time!
I think your chances of acceptance are good at at least one of these four programs. However, there is safety in numbers. You have the advantage of time and if you can submit one or two more applications second round, your chances of acceptance somewhere or a choice of admissions increases.
IF you do choose to apply to additional schools, consider Kellogg, Duke, Haas, and Michigan. None of them are safeties, but they all support your goals in one way or another.
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