Hi there, I have my GMAT test scheduled on 20th June 2012. Preparations are going pretty good, I hope will score somewhere around 680 or 700. I have few doubts regarding admission for which I am not getting any proper results on club search and google search. Before putting my doubts I would like to give a brief introduction of mine.
1. 2 years of managerial work-ex in an education management startup in India.
2. 6 months internship at IIT Bombay
3. 3 recommendation letters (industry, academia, govt. official)
4. Working in a NGO.
5. On the board of a Primary School.
6. Engineering graduate with a low GPA.
My doubts are:-
1. Which is better, taking admission in spring or fall.
2. From where I can get complete detail about the admission process (complete steps to get into a B-school)
3. What is the weightage of GPA in getting a good B-school.
4. What other extra-curricular things can help in building my profile much stronger.
Hi nageshf. First, I want to wish you luck on your GMAT. I hope you reach your target score. As for your questions, there really is not a definitive answer. The process is not the same for all schools.
1. Spring or fall admission depends on the school. Most US top 25 schools do not offer spring admission. The only exception I can think of is Columbia, which does offer an option for students to start in January instead of August, called J-term. Applicants must specifically apply to the J-term track. Your best bet to answer this question is to go to a school's website and see when it intakes students. When is the better time to start school totally depends on the individual and his/her goals.
2. There are many books you can read that will give you details about the entire admissions process. Just google MBA books. I know there is a popular one by Richard Montauk
3. GPA is important to gaining admission at any school. However, no one knows the exact weight GPA has in the admissions process. Most schools subscribe to a holistic process where they take into consideration everything from GPA, GMAT, Work Experience, extra curricular involvement, background, etc. If you have a low GPA the best way to overcome it is with a high GMAT score (I would really shoot for 730+) and maybe some additional classes in quantitative subjects (1-3 classes).
4. From your description of your extra curricular involvement I don't think you need to pile on additional activities. Admissions committee look at ECs not to determine how busy you are, but to see leadership and impact. It's best to do 1-2 things very, very well instead of being a member in name only in 4-5 things.
I know you didn't ask about recommendations, but as far as they go most schools expect professional recommendations. You will not need a recommendation from your academic institution. Also make sure that the people who write your recommendations know you well and have worked with you closely. A recommendation from a government official who you only have a passing connection to will not benefit your application. Choose people who can tell stories about what they have observed you do and the results you achieved.
Hope this helps.
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