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What are my chances at one of the top 5 schools [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2006, 11:13
Here is some information about me

1) Indian, Male
2) when applying - age 29, 7 years of work ex
3) Education - Bachelors from IIT (gpa 3.3), MS from Stanford school of engg. (gpa 3.3).
4) Employment - Current role at company - Lead Engg., strong engg. project leadership experience.
5) Test Scores - GMAT 750/5.5, TOEFL - not taken yet

Extracurriculars
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Undergrad - Strong extra curriculars during undergrad (lots of sports and sports leadership plus some more)

Graduate - Not much extracurricular at grad school as I did it part-time while at work full time. ( I did 1 course on enterpreneruship and 1 on finance )
Current - I have been involved with alum assoc. activities for my school at reasonably strong leadership roles.

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Schools I am thinking are HBS, Wharton, Columbia, Sloan, Chicago and maybe Stanford. What are my chances of getting into one of these schools?
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The two most important things for you may be demonstrating leadership experience at work and showing hobbies/interests that help set you apart. Your work experience sounds like it might be full of leadership experiences, but obviously you don't have to go into all of that detail here. (By "leadership" I mean leading people and teams, and taking the initiative to make things happen.)

For hobbies/extracurriculars, your work long ago in undergrad and grad school won't help an incredible amount. Your more recent work will be more valuable. Be sure to show not just what you've done, but also WHY you're interested in it.

You could have a pretty good shot, but it also depends a bit on what you want to do post-MBA. Maybe also consider Haas and Stern, depending on what you want to do after b-school.

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 [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2006, 11:47
Thank you for the feedback. I do have some more questions that you may be able to answer. Kindly advise.

You mention that the undergrad experience will not be of much help. I was hoping to use some of that especially where I have shown strong leadership skills with tangible results in the form of awards etc. while I was leading a team etc. I also had some experience where I was the organizer for events that had at least 20-25 people in all who were working under me in running the event. I was really hoping to at least bring these up at some point in some of my essays. Could you pl. advise.

One of the reasons for my limited extracurriculars for the last 3-4 years is the fact that I was a part-time student and was also working on a full-time basis. Since I completed school, I have been back to being involved in outside work activities. I am hoping that will be well accepted by the adcoms as long as I present it well enough.

Also, will a 3.3 gpa hurt in top schools like HBS etc. where average gpa's are in the 3.5-3.6 range. The reason why I am asking this is that I was hoping that a 3.3 from a top engg. school + goog GMAT should be enough to prove academic potential so that I can solely focus about my leadership experiences in my essays by focusing on work/undergrad activites/current activities. Do you think I may need to justify at some point why 3.3 and not higher? I don't want to talk about it in the essays unless it may be viewd as a weak point in my application.

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I think your GPA is okay. I don't think it will keep you out.

Re: your undergrad experiences, I'd like to tell you what you want to hear, but my gut reaction is that adcomms will be much more interested in what you've done more recently, vs. what you may have done seven or eight years ago. You can still use thsoe experiences, but just something to keep in mind.

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