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Trying to figure out where I should apply???

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Trying to figure out where I should apply??? [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2006, 11:33
Hi Guys,

Thanks for looking this over. I wanted to know if you could recommend about 2-3 safety, likely, and stretch schools to apply to in the fall. I would like to apply to 6 schools altogether.

Here are my stats:
• 720 GMAT (80% quant/96% verbal/6 AWA)
• 3.7 GPA*see below
• 27 year old white, American male

Work Experience
• 3.75 years by fall ‘07 (now at 2.5 years) in a successful, fast-growing start-up
• Conduct sales/marketing campaigns for software companies
• Several blue-chip clients.
• When I started about 12 employees now we are at 100.
• I have been promoted many times, with 2 years of leadership positions
• I was a project manager for 1 year and now I am managing a quality initiative.
• For the last year and a half, I have had 5-8 people officially report to me.
• Recommendations should be very good.

Dropped out of my first college after 2 years due to poor grades, took a semester off, went to comm college to get my associates degree (4.0 gpa) and then finished off my last 2 years at a state school with a 3.7 gpa.

• At college, little to no involvement considering I had to work my way through college.
• 2 years ago at work I started a volunteer organization in which I organize community service projects every 3-6 months.
• I am a member of a few social action organizations (w/o a leadership role)
• Learning mandarin Chinese

Interested in general management/consulting and a school with technology reputation would be a plus.
What safety/likely/stretch schools would you recommend in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and (to a lesser extent) MidWest?

Thanks in advance…
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Your undergrad history is unusual and will take some explaining, but it sounds like you "turned it around" and did better over time, which adcomms like to see. So, don't worry about that too much.

BTW, I'm not clear on why you want schools with a tech reputation if you want to do consulting/general management. If you work in tech (or a related field) now, I'd recommend broadening your horizons, but...

Focusing mainly on the east coast and thinking of tech-type schools, MIT Sloan is your stretch. I actually think you have a decent shot here, so don't take "stretch" as "you probably won't get in," but rather as "remember their admittance rate is usually below 20%." Your more likely (but still not easy for anyone) schools are Carnegie Mellon and Cornell. For a safety school, I bet you can get into Maryland. Hope that helps!



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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2006, 16:15
Thanks so much Scott. This will give me some direction through the long, winding road of apps
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