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Advice needed regarding the schools to apply at with GMAT 720!

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New post 18 Nov 2016, 09:39
Hello All -
I gave my GMAT a couple of days ago and got a score of 720(Q50/V38). I need advice on the schools that I can apply to with my score and have a realistic chance of admission being an Indian applicant. Below is a brief on my profile:

Graduation: Mechanical Engineering(Passed out in 2013) - GPA: 3.5(according to WES)
Work Experience: 39 months in sales and marketing at ExxonMobil Corporation and currently working as an operations manager at NEED(Network for Economic and Entrepreneurship Development ; It's a non-profit organization based out of Lucknow, India)
Extra-Curriculars: school and college Football team, Squash and Swimming school teams ; Acted in and directed Choreos during college ; Part of organizing committee of a number of college fests and led the marketing team during a couple of fests.
Volunteer work: Part of a number of volunteer activities during college and work at EM(house building, teaching, roadshows etc).

Interest: Marketing and Strategy

I would like to apply to around 8-10 colleges. Would be grateful if someone can guide me regarding my prospects at the below schools(plus any others) so that I can shortlist accordingly:
Havard, Wharton, Columbia, Booth, Haas, Stern, Ross, Tuck, Sloan, LBS, INSEAD, Johnson, Anderson, Darden, Fuqua, Kenan Flagrer, Tepper

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New post 18 Nov 2016, 11:55
Hi there,

Nice job on the GMAT! Now the real work begins! I think you’ll find that 8-10 applications may be too much given the time left until the round 2 deadlines and how much effort is required to write killer essays for the top schools. But that also depends on how much time you have to dedicate to your apps so it’s not impossible but will be challenging.

So let’s quickly break down your profile before we go into school selection. GMAT and GPA check the box. Your GMAT may be a bit below average given the Indian male applicant pool but certainly doesn’t put you out of the running. Your work experience is interesting and somewhat unique – I’d love to understand why you transitioned from the energy industry into development/non-profit. Explaining that and how your path ties to your goals for the future will be key in your applications. Your ECs seem light since undergrad but perhaps you've had other opportunities for leadership and service through work?

Based on all of the above and your focus on marketing during your MBA, here are a few thoughts on schools. In general, with a round 2 timing, I suggest applying to a range of schools to help minimize your risk. And don’t rely solely on class profiles and ranking to narrow down your list. Also consider schools that will best set you up for success post-MBA – either through specific classes/professors, majors / areas of specialization, recruiting power, geography, etc.
- HBS and Wharton will likely be a reach for you – they are for everyone. I’m not saying don’t apply, just be sure to hedge your bets.
- Kellogg, Columbia, Booth, Stern, Fuqua, etc. are among the best marketing programs. These are also highly competitive programs but including 2-3 of these schools in your list makes a ton of sense.
- UCLA, UT Austin, Kenan-Flagler also boast highly reputable marketing programs and are slightly less competitive from an admissions standpoint than the schools above.
- The European MBA programs are also great options for you but offer a different experience from US full-time MBA programs so I encourage you to do your research and understand if it’s a good fit. The classes are highly international and diverse (much more so than in the US) and tend to skew a bit older with a bit more experience. In the case of INSEAD, it’s a 1-year MBA program with an accelerated timeline so if you’re eager to get back to work, that could be a good option for you.

Best of luck to you! I’m happy to chat further if you’d like!

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Wharton and HBS will be tough for you so will Sloan and Booth but worth the app, the rest should be in your wheelhouse. It will ultimately come down o your ability to stand out, so make sure your essays are compelling as possible and put the requisite time there to max your odds
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New post 25 Nov 2016, 00:37
Rohan,

Congrats on a good GMAT score. I would strongly recommend that you speak with students with a similar profile and figure out what worked for them, how they went about their decisions and what advice they have for you. Speak with someone in your target schools to figure your shortlist and strategy. Also, acceptance rates are significantly higher for applicants that have their essays reviewed from current students and alums of the school. Customization is key.

If you have friends in these schools, reach out now. Otherwise, reach out to me and I'll put you in touch with students in every school in your list. We run a platform (CallPlato) that helps connect applicants with current students and alums for top MBA programs.

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