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Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice!

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Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 00:46
Hi all,

I am new to this forum, so please bare with me. :-) I am currently in the decision process of where to apply to business school next fall and am struggling with the decision of whether to apply to Stanford. I believe that I have a pretty unique background, but I also realize that it is extremely difficult to get in. Here's my background:

Top 30 undergrad university: Quantitative Economics Overall GPA: 3.1, Major GPA 3.3 (definitely a low point)
GMAT: 700 Q49, V36
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2.5 years at top healthcare consulting firm w/earliest promotion to more senior level position (managing team of 4-7)
1.5 years in Africa working as a consultant for a pretty prestigious non profit NGO (6 months) and a mobilization manager (1 year)
Other extra curricular: Paid for college solely through poker winnings and book sell-back business, high school state chess champion, extensive volunteer work in Latin America and Mexico, and mentor in Alcohol and Drug abuse rehab center

My ultimate goal is to either start a nonprofit consulting firm or to start a company producing items such as African sandals or other goods (not sure what yet) in Africa hiring local unskilled labor to dramatically decrease unemployment rates with the intent of exporting the goods into the U.S. I think Stanford would be my top choice if I applied as I love its social entrepreneurship focus; however, I don't want to waste my time applying if I don't have much of a chance when I could focus my energy on my other applications.

Thanks for any advice you might have!
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Re: Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2011, 04:22
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nice profile.
m not a GMAT expert but i believe you should apply for Standford.
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Re: Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2011, 04:37
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You probably have something of a shot, but your GPA is low for Stanford (avg. 3.69) and so is your GMAT (avg. 730).

You should post your profile on the admissions consultants' threads and see what their opinion is.

Yale has a GREAT social entrepreneurship program, older and more established than Stanford's.
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Re: Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2011, 05:34
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Your background is indicative of a H/S student... but the GPA/GMAT is not. I think you will have a reasonable "chance" at either school should you apply based on your background but you need to understand your GPA isn't doing you any favors and the GMAT isn't making up for it. If you can pop a 730+ on GMAT through a retake I would try it which will greatly improve your candidacy.
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Re: Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2011, 11:05
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Apply to Stanford!!! Don't be in a situation after 4 years when you will regret that why didn't you applied to GSB!! Rejection from a top school doesn't matter much. It's a win win situation!! Concentrate on your application, good stories can do wonders!!

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Re: Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2011, 15:25
Thanks everyone for the insightful constructive feedback. I really appreciate it! Yeah, the GPA is definitely a low point (2.5 freshman year as electrical engineering major is killing me :? ) and the lowish GMAT, but I might just give it a shot. All I have to waste is time and some money. I'll keep you all posted.

Okay, thanks again and good luck to you all!
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Re: Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2012, 10:28
Try for Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.Look at its global mba program. I think it matches your future goal. Just go through the structure and see if it gives you a call. Stanford is definitely a great school for social entrepreneurship and you should apply. Moreover, your healthcare background will really help you to have higher chances of getting selected in both stanford and at hopkins.Try your luck.
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Re: Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 11:02
Just remember that Stanford only accepts about 7% of applicants so although most candidates have a shot, hardly any get in. This means throw together an amazing application that really highlights your uniqueness. You may not get in, but it will be a rewarding process. You would be a good fit there, now it's just a matter of proving it to them!
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Re: Should I apply to Stanford? Need advice! [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2012, 13:47
Apply. You should focus on preparing the best application you possibly can and send it in and let Stanford admissions evaluate you. I always believe that you should not live life with regrets and I would regret my decision to let statistics guide my choice of schools, as long as I was a reasonable candidate - and from what you present - you are a reasonably strong candidate.

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