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Yale, Duke, Tuck, or Cambridge? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2013, 11:41
My stats:

GMAT: 770
GPA: 2.9 Cum GPA, 3.33 Economics major GPA. 3.2 my last two years taking almost all math classes.

Work experience:
2 years teaching over seas (South Korea and Germany). I'm able to speak Korean and German. English is my native language.
1 year fortune 500 company experience as an analyst (Hated cubicles went overseas).

Start ups:
Created a non-profit to pay for former foster children's books, food, and rent while in college. Raised $80,000 in three years.

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Member of a non-profit that plans and organizes charity events for other charities.
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Former foster child (Only 2% graduate college), First generation college student from my biological family.
Member of a fraternity (Lots of community service)

Do I have a shot at these schools? I know my GPA is laughable. Should I do a masters program in say finance and then apply?

Any advice would be great.
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Re: Yale, Duke, Tuck, or Cambridge? [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2013, 02:45
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My stats:

GMAT: 770
GPA: 2.9 Cum GPA, 3.33 Economics major GPA. 3.2 my last two years taking almost all math classes.

Work experience:
2 years teaching over seas (South Korea and Germany). I'm able to speak Korean and German. English is my native language.
1 year fortune 500 company experience as an analyst (Hated cubicles went overseas).

Start ups:
Created a non-profit to pay for former foster children's books, food, and rent while in college. Raised $80,000 in three years.

Softs:
Member of a non-profit that plans and organizes charity events for other charities.
Eagle Scout
Former foster child (Only 2% graduate college), First generation college student from my biological family.
Member of a fraternity (Lots of community service)

Do I have a shot at these schools? I know my GPA is laughable. Should I do a masters program in say finance and then apply?

Any advice would be great.


I definitely think you have a shot at the schools you mention. Although you have a low GPA, your big GMAT should compensate for that and it seems there is a lot else to like in your application. Imho, you're not a lock at these schools, but definitely in the game.
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Re: Yale, Duke, Tuck, or Cambridge? [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2013, 06:26
You have an interesting story. Make the most of it when applying.

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Re: Yale, Duke, Tuck, or Cambridge? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2013, 16:20
I must say you have a strong GMAT score. There is very high chance that your GMAT score would be able to compensate for your low GPA.
You bring varied work experience from education industry and a fortune 500 company. What was the reason for this switch? There should be a convincing story for that. How is your current job related to your long term goals?

You seem to have good extracurricular activities. You have raised fairly decent amount of money for a noble cause. Your background certainly puts you in positive light. Discuss about this and about the fraternity in your application essays.

You have good international experience, and I would suggest you apply to INSEAD and LBS as they put a lot of value on such experience.

If I were you, I wouldn't apply to the masters program. It doesn't add much value.

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Re: Yale, Duke, Tuck, or Cambridge? [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2013, 22:12
Duke or Tuck is the better choice of the four
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