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The age old question - can you please evaluate me?

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The age old question - can you please evaluate me? [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2011, 11:54
Dear mbaMission,
Hi. Firstly, congrats on the great job you are doing here. I wish I discovered this forum earlier.

Now, coming to my question, I am a current senior at NYU with my eyes set on Yale SOM, MIT, Booth and NYU Stern in that order. I've given my GMAT just now and got a score of 640. I was wondering what my chances are for the admission into the above mentioned schools.

While at NYU I have been extremely active on campus, was the Vice-President of the student council, I started a club which now has 800 members and is extremely active in non-profit work, worked for the UN, started a corporation which is about to go to VC's for our initial seed funding and have a GPA of 3.69 (yea my first semester was not that great). The only thing that is holding me back is my GMAT.

I am getting my recommendations from the Dean of my school and my academic advisor. I feel that they will be good. Also, AWA, I am expecting 6 (since that was standard throughout)...

Now, given all this, I would be really thankful to you all if you can evaluate me. Should I go ahead and apply? Should I re-take the test? Thanks a lot, once again for all the help.
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Hi anantap,

Thanks for writing in and congratulations on your ambition for being so focused on an MBA right out of college.

While schools on the whole are being more open to accepting students right out of college, this is still the exception and not the rule. And your GMAT is below median for these schools, so there will be some questions as to your academic ability for MBA-level coursework. While you do some have some great experience, my concern is you are going to be competing against people who have similar experience, plus 3-4 years work experience, plus higher GMAT scores.

My gut reaction is to encourage you to work for two years and retake the test; I think you’ll find your application is a lot more competitive at that stage, assuming you get that score up near the 700-range.

Best of luck,
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Re: The age old question - can you please evaluate me? [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2011, 07:29
mbaMissionBrianE wrote:
Hi anantap,

Thanks for writing in and congratulations on your ambition for being so focused on an MBA right out of college.

While schools on the whole are being more open to accepting students right out of college, this is still the exception and not the rule. And your GMAT is below median for these schools, so there will be some questions as to your academic ability for MBA-level coursework. While you do some have some great experience, my concern is you are going to be competing against people who have similar experience, plus 3-4 years work experience, plus higher GMAT scores.

My gut reaction is to encourage you to work for two years and retake the test; I think you’ll find your application is a lot more competitive at that stage, assuming you get that score up near the 700-range.

Best of luck,
Brian

Hi Brian,
Thanks a lot for the response. It sure helps. But there are a few more questions here, if you can clear them off for me, it would be of great help.

1. I was planning to take a deffered admission. Keeping that in mind, I thought that, since I have time till January, and since I am in the 640 score range, if I prepare some more and give the exam again in December I am confident of increasing the score to a 720+. Do you think, applying at that stage will be helpful?

2. Also, I will be graduating this December. Does that mean I am ineligible to apply as a college senior in Jan? (For programs like Yale silver scholar?) I will not be getting my degree till Feb though.

Thanks once again for taking time to respond.

I see that your number is listed in the response, will it be OK if I give you a call sometime this week in order to talk further about this?

Sincerely,
Ananta.
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Re: The age old question - can you please evaluate me? [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 10:38
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Hello anantap, thanks for your follow up.

My best guess is that as long as you will have completed your degree before you begin business school, that should be fine. But, I assure you that the best answer will be to call the admissions offices of the specific programs you are interested in (e.g., Yale).

Since you ask, you can certainly set up a free consultation with mbaMission to ask questions. Just follow the link below in my signature.

Best of luck!
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