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What to divulge? [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 17:16
Hello!

I was wondering why the following information is requested as part of the application and if it is in an applicant's best interest to divulge this information when optional:

-Race/Ethnicity
-Familial status (i.e. married, children)
-Other schools being applied to

I'm not too worried about the first two. However, I am applying to six schools that are all within the top 20 by most rankings' standards. Is an admissions officer looking for congruity among the schools being applied to? Would they be concerned if they saw more than 4 or 5 in this place?

I'm also curious how admissions officers view religious service (i.e. a Mormon mission) and how to best word something like that in the application. Thanks in advance for any response!
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Re: What to divulge? [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2013, 07:28
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Hi there,

Generally schools do aim to collect statistics about both their applicants and their enrolled students... as you can imagine, it helps them even with things like marketing their program, knowing their target demographic, etc, as well as potentially sharing info in a general pie-chart type format about their students. When it does say 'optional' it is truly that, so entirely up to you on what to divulge so to speak and will not influence your application decision. There is interest in international diversity... not necessarily always the same as race per se, but if applicants were born in other countries, have lived in other countries, have other international experiences, that is appealing to schools if you also have a strong application otherwise, in order to have a wider variety of perspectives in the classroom.

As for other schools applied to, you should be honest and list them (unless it says optional, or if you are still unsure), for the sake of the integrity of your application. Some schools look at this more than others. It doesn't have to be a big factor, but it may show them a little more about what you are thinking... a longer list isn't necessarily a draw-back; if you applied to schools that were extremely different in structure or nature (for example, 1-year programs and 2-year programs; programs in different countries, etc), it may just raise some q's in an interview about what exactly you are looking for in a program. A school may look a little at what caliber of schools you are applying to across the board as well, to gauge in some measure how likely you are to attend their program. That said, there's not a lot you can do about this one (i.e. don't stress over it)... and remember that all applicants are in the same boat at least!!

As for religious activities, they can be included/listed especially if/when it showed involvement, leadership, dedication, project management, dedication, etc.... it's tough to assess without reviewing an actual listing or essay inclusion but I wouldn't rule it out if it's something you are passionate about and want to include.

Good luck to you!
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Re: What to divulge? [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2013, 10:14
Jen,

Thanks for your answer! Can you provide any insight on why information is requested regarding parents, spouse, and children? Almost every application I'm completing has asked this question which was a big surprise.

By the way, I have a good friend who used mbaMission and successfully enrolled at Wharton. Very nice!
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Re: What to divulge? [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2013, 19:34
profile evaluation - gmat 640

Hi ,
i took the gmat 3 weeks ago and got 640 ( q 47, v 31 ) - 73 percentile.
this was my 3rd attempt . i got 520 in 1st attempt ,and 620 in the 2nd.
i have a total work exp of 12+ years - all in the finance industry.
GPA 3.0, Indian Origin

Though my dream schools are MIT, NYU, and LBS. but with this low score i'm not sure which univ will suit me.

need help on this.

Thanks
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Re: What to divulge? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2013, 17:35
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turista-- I believe it is used primarily for their own research and statistics; like I said, knowing their target applicant market/demographic! They are marketing their school as a brand as well. ;)

Congrats to your friend, glad that mbaMission was helpful in the process!
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Re: What to divulge? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2013, 17:49
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viking13-- good for you for giving it another shot and increasing your score; however with the 640 and the 3.0, it would be more ideal for you to aim for schools with an average GMAT in the 650-680 range for better chances. It's just going to be pretty difficult with both academic measures being lower, to make that case... plus with 12 years of experience, perhaps you might look into exec programs??? Which do have lower GMAT scores generally.... keep us posted with q's!
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