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I am looking to apply for an MBA program beginning Fall 2007.
A quick roundup of my profile:
1. Undergrad: Mechanical Engineering from Univ. of Bombay (First class with Honors)
2. MS: Mechanical engineering (GPA: 4.0)
3. GMAT: 720
4. Working full-time at a top manufacturing firm in the US (will have more than 2 years work ex)
5. Community involvement (serving on the planning committee of an event)
6. Started a webdesigning company while I was doing my undergrad in India just because of my passion for design. It did quite well and I got a few projects (I quit it when I came to the US)
7. Worked on a research project while doing my MS
8. Know 5 languages, member of ASME
9. Work experience has given my two projects which display my leadership quality
10. Took up an economics class at a local college and received an A
11. Plans: Return to India to start a manufacturing company after working about two years in the US post-MBA. I have specific plans. Moreover, my family business is related to mechanical engineering. I do not plan to 'expand and diversify' the family business but rather, simply use the resources/infrastructure/network/contacts to build my own company
12. I am looking for training in general management and operations/manufacturing from an MBA
13. I believe I am ready as my current work experience has provided me the necessary ideas for my future
14. I think the uncommon aspects of my profile are: Dedication to mechanical engineering; the flow of my academic and professional years are very much aligned to my future goals; born and brought up in India but studied and worked in the US
15. Based on my profile, I am considering: Kellogg's (MMM), MIT, Michigan (TMI), Cornell, Yale, Darden, UCLA, Carnegie Mellon
Some quick questions for you:
1. Does my profile find favor with the schools I mentioned?
2. Do my two years of work ex (plus two internships during MS) serve as an obstacle for Kellogg's, MIT, Darden?
3. Should I consider lower ranked schools?
1. It looks like you have a pretty good portfolio of schools: 2 ultra elites, 5 elites, 1 transelite.
2. Two years of work experience places you on the far left tail for many of the schools in your portfolio. UCLA and Carnegie Mellon, however, are particularly open to younger candidates.
3. Whether you should consider lower ranked schools depends in part on your goals and risk tolerance. If you feel NE and NEF schools will suit your goals and you need to minimize the probability of zero acceptances in your portfolio, I would consider lower ranked schools.