Some students have reported success with the commercial admissions services. Having another person evaluate your application and portfolio is a good idea. However, as with any engagement of this nature, it is important to have realistic expectations regarding the help that one will receive.
In addition, I will gladly provide you with guidance gratis.
Thank you Hjort. I value your opinion in this matter. I will definitely seek ur guidance. In fact, my first hurdle is to short list programs. I was wondering if you could evaluate my chances of admission in top 10 MBA programs in the US.
Target session: Fall '06 (Full-time)
Age : 30 yr old male
Citizenship: Indian (Might become US permanent resident by the time I apply)
GMAT : 760 (99 %) (Q - 51, V - 41) (2nd attempt)
710 (94 %) (Q-50, V-35) (first attempt)
MS in Engineering : The Ohio State University (Overall GPA: 3.25, Major GPA: 3.54) - Studied on full research scholarship; Published papers and applied for a patent.
BS in Engineering : IIT - Roorkee (One of the best undergrad institutes in India: Equivalent GPA should be ~ 3.8)
Work Exp: Moved away from my engg studies and joined the IT. 5 + yrs exp in IT ( in the USA ) with focus in Supply Chain Mgmt and Warehouse Management Systems. Started from Jr. Software Engineer then promoted to Software Engineer and now working as Sr. Software Engg. My current role involves mentoring and guiding junior engineers during software development lifecycle and various project management responsibilities.
Community Service: Was a volunteer in National Social Services back in India during my undergrad study. Trying to get into some community forum now.
Other Activities: I was the editor-in-chief in my undergrad newsletter. For fun -- play tennis, swim, rollerbade, iceskate, chess etc.
Recommendations: Will be able to get good recos from my former boss and from an ex-colleague. However, getting a reco from my present boss is not possible for obvious reasons.
Why MBA ? My short term goal is to move in the e-commerce and information tech management world after MBA and in the long term start my own info-services company.
I wud appreciate your feedback on the following:
1) My chances in top 10 MBA programs. I am only focusing on top 10-15
schools based on BW rankings.
2) Advise on some specific top 10 schools that I should target and
some "safety" schools.
3) Should I apply in Round 1 or Round 2 ?
4) Any particular action(s) I should take in next 3-4 mos to fill any holes I
might have in my app.
5) Should I await applying for Fall '07 instead of Fall '06 and try to beef up
my community service exp or anything else ?