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New post 05 Dec 2019, 07:05
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I want to know my chances of getting into Darden- Deferred MBA

Nationality: Indian

Academic grades: Score in 10th is 88%, 12th std grade= 90%. Graduating from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Bachelors of Business Administration program with a CGPA of 3.8/4. My UG university is ranked in top 10 for this field.Pursuing Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA UK).

Internship experience: Data Analyst at a quick-service restaurant. Secured a 2 months internship at PWC for coming summer

Achievements: Winner of State level table tennis tournament and secured All India Rank 1 in multiple CIMA exams. Won various B-plan competition and startup idea competition.

Extra-curriculars: One year experience at an NGO. Member of Entrepreneurship Cell of my college and AISEC club. Published a research paper on Operation Research in a journal with an impact factor of 7.0.

Certification course: Financial Market from Yale University via Coursera. Stock trading Workshop at IIT-B. I have completed a couple of more certification courses in other domains.

Expected GMAT score: 710-730 ( Got 710 in first simulated/ mock test)

I have also worked closely with my brother on a startup which in in B2B domain and have revenues of a $500,000.

Please provide me valuable insights into my profile and areas of improvement



Hey, I think this thread is more or less dead. Also foreign universities don't care about our 10th and 12th marks.

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Background and nationality
Gender: Male
Age: 26
Nationality: Indonesia

Undergrad Information
Institution: Large state school (Top 75 in the US)
Major: Industrial Engineering (Program is top 5 in the US)
GPA: 2.6
No particular reason. I was actually really into academics/school in general but just happened to give approximately 0 sh*** about grades. Saw many cheat/go through college and I correspondingly I became rebellious towards the concept of grades. Needless to say I regret having had that mentality. Trend roughly followed a linear 2.3-3.0 curve throughout my 4 years if that matters..

GMAT:
Overall: 680
Q: 48
V: 35
IR: 6
AWA: 4

Work experience and leadership
*I'm currently ~4.5 years out of undergrad*

Years 0-2 (Georgia): Consultant / Lead Consultant at a major supply chain software company
- Developed an omni-channel strategy and infrastructure for a $2B apparel company
- Implemented an order management platform to orchestrate all movements of a $7B retailer's inventory

Years 2-3.5 (California): Consultant at the largest privately-held enterprise software company
- Implemented a transportation management system for a top 5 largest company

Years 3.5-present (California): Senior Consultant at a Big4 (management consulting practice)
- Developed a rapid cost reduction strategy for the largest ag-retailer in north america
- Currently building the supply chain of a new business unit of a pharma giant essentially from scratch

Community and others
- President of an international community group for last 2 years of undergrad
- Ambassador of industrial engineering (IE) school throughout undergrad: basically conducted presentations/recruited on behalf of the IE program at various high schools.
- Career mentor for my alma mater's current IE students as well as for a local California high school

Post MBA goals
I'm aiming to go back to consulting after b-school. Specifically at MBB/ATK/OW/S&/PEY. Literally just one of these 7 firms or bust, but am open to relocate to Asia (Singapore/Hong Kong) or South America. If I wound up somewhere outside of these 7 I would consider the MBA ROI negative though.

Now comes the big question. Is it even worth spending time to pull up my GMAT score given my profile (mainly GPA) and career goals? Realistically, I think my cap would be around a 730 and I would not attend a school ranked lower than UCLA (#16). To put it in perspective, if "100%" represents the opportunities that would be available to me with an MBA, I am currently at about "75%".

Anything else?
To leave it open-ended, what are your thoughts around next steps? Thank you for reading this far if you did.
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New post 07 Dec 2019, 23:08
Well honestly sugana99, if you are serious about pursuing a Top 15 MBA program, obviously you have to retake your GMAT. You also will most likely have to address your low GPA in the optional essay for any school anyway. Any admission committee needs to be assured that your quantitative skills are strong enough to succeed in their program. The workload at Darden is known to be quite challenging. The GMAT is just the first step of the MBA journey and just one part of the application. Even if you can get a 750, it is not guaranteed that you'll be admitted. You still need to answer questions like Why MBA? Why our school?... in an authentic and convincing way. And admission is just the beginning. The schools you target and the firms you want to get into accept people with good grades who are passionate and have mind-blowing stories every year. They want people with good grades because grades signal these people are willing to apply themselves. No offence, I feel that you are not that willing to work hard to compensate for your GPA and your are not that serious about the MBA degree anyway. You already put a cap of 730 while you have not tried ways to improve the score yet.
UCLA's average GMAT is around 720 if I remember correctly and their GPA range is also quite high among schools with similar rankings.

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New post 07 Dec 2019, 23:45
Hey haileyyy,

No offense taken, so thanks for the impartial 3rd person perspective. You're right, when I compare the benefits/costs of attending to those of not, I can't help but justify doing the bare minimum (for me the total cost of attendance including opportunity cost and assuming no scholarship is ~$500-600k). The main value proposition would be the increased odds of getting an interview at listed firms, but whether that probability jump is worth over half a million dollars is unclear to me. This is especially so since the work I already do is extremely similar to what folks at those firms do - just not quite at the same bar and I'm not truly a generalist.

I guess in simple terms what I'm really asking is, assuming all other unknown facets of the application (essays, story, and interview) are sound, would the GPA still so extensively damage my candidacy at Darden that even a 730/740 wouldn't give me a decent shot? Or is it worth the effort?
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(Darden Deferred MBA)

University: Top State University in USA, with Honors College.

Degree and GPA: currently 4th year Dual B.S. -M.S. (5 years) in Computer Science. Undergraduate GPA:3.95+. Masters GPA: 3.9+ (all A or A-). Masters is thesis-based (my focus is Machine Learning/Data Analysis). My curriculum is very rigorous, taking graduate courses right from 5th semester, and far exceeding the degree requirement of Masters. My biggest strength and motivating factor.

Work Experience:
1) From my 6th semester, I am graduate Teaching Assistant (which gets me full tuition scholarship and stipend) (would be 2.5 years)
2) 2 summer internship at famous IB company as Software Engineering Intern.

LOR:
1) One from my Teaching Assistant supervisor (professional).
2) One from my Thesis advisor (academic).
1 and 2 wrote LOR before for me when I got into M.S.

GMAT: Haven't taken and probably my weakest point (Verbal). But I will be preparing rigorously over the next year. I am hopeful to get 710-740 depending on Verbal. I am confident to get Q51 (hopefully not overconfident).

Note: Also evaluate for other deferred programs as well, since it won't hurt to apply
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Please evaluate my profile for UVA Darden

Age: 26
Female
Location- India
Work Experience - 5 years
GMAT Score - 720 (Q48, V41, IR6)
GPA: 4

Professional details:

Organization 1 (One of the largest IT firms in India)


1. Worked as a corporate trainer for 2 yrs training batches of 80-100 trainees in technical subjects. Supervised the training of 200+ trainees as the batch owner, and served as SPOC. Handled assessments, prepared QPs for trainees at one of the largest training centres in India.

2. Switched over to delivery, and worked with Harley Davidson, providing production support. (6 months).

Organization 2 (A Swedish MNC)

Working as a PLM Consultant for 2 years now. Handled clients and delivery for Garrett motion (Honeywell turbo ltd). Developed an entire module from scratch and delivered to global customers. Handled sprint delivery and testing as well.

Extra-Curricular:

Grade A in Business English Vantage Certificate Vantage Exam by Cambridge University (Council of Europe Level B2)
Volunteered and Participated in the Entrepreneurship Awareness Programme by AICTE
Awarded 2nd prize for Inter-University Chancellor's Cup Group Discussion (State-Level)
Awarded 1st prize in Declamation Contest by CMAI (State Level)
Volunteered and Participated in Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra
Volunteered in the organizing team for the 13th International Conference for Information Technology
Awarded 2nd position in State Level Debate Contest by Rotary International

Short term goals - After having had broad exposure to the IT industry, and handling product and sprint delivery, I plan to use my MBA curriculum to help me pivot to a career in sales and marketing. This will help me gain a deeper understanding of product marketing, and I will also make sure that I get exposure at the regional level and understand other functions like Administration, Finance, etc.
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Hi everyone, I am a 22-year-old Australian about to begin my final year of undergraduate studies with the intention to complete an MBA through Darden's Future Scholars program. Due to my expected graduation date, I am eligible to apply to potential programs in 2021. I believe that my GMAT score and essay(s) will ‘make or break’ my application. I appreciate any feedback on my profile and would like to hear opinions on what would be an appropriate GMAT score to target for Darden. My current train of thought is minimum --> 680, target --> 720, dream --> 740.



(1) BACKGROUND

Work experience:

  • Big 3 German automotive manufacturer (Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes)

      6-month internship in Germany

  • Prestigious boutique German automotive manufacturer

      14-month internship + thesis in Germany.

      Only (possibly first) non-EU resident at the company


Extra curriculars:

  • Founding president of the mechanical engineering student association

      200+ members in six months

      Organised an on-campus industry expo with 30+ companies and 1100 student registrations

      Company Q&As, industry visits, skill workshops, etc.

  • Elected undergraduate representative of 12,000+ students on the school’s academic board

      Hold monthly academic board meetings with the pro-vice chancellor and other high-ranking school officials. The academic board establishes the structure of academic programs and discusses school matters. There are a lot of NDAs!

  • In2Science mentor

      Mentor a classroom of low socioeconomic high school students to increase their engagement, confidence, and aspirations in STEM.

  • Student-Staff consulting representative

      Consult with my peers to identify program-related opportunities for improvement and present those issues at student-staff meetings.

  • Entrepreneurship club

      Committee member

  • Founded a side-business on a shoestring budget


  • Very early stage NPO start-up


  • Golden Key International Honour Society

  • Formula SAE


Undergrad school/major:

  • Location - Australia

  • QS 250, QS Engineering 100

  • Mechanical Engineering (Honours) | Business Management

      Will graduate with two degrees.

      Received several awards.

      Featured on university promotional material.

  • December 2020 graduation date


Other education/coursework:

  • Certificate III in Music Industry


Race/nationality:

  • White

  • Australian


Sex:

  • Male



(2) STATS

Cold GMAT Scores:

  • MGMAT#1 620 (Q40 V35)

      Taken 23/12/2019

  • GMATPrep#1 530 (Q32 V32)

      Taken 26/12/2019

  • Potential test dates: July 20’, December 20’, January 21’, February 21’


Undergrad GPA:

  • 4.0 / 4.0

      6 subjects remaining.



(3) MBA INFO

Goal of MBA:

  • [Short-term] To move away from traditional engineering roles and into management style roles particularly in NPO start-ups. By being accepted into a deferred program I will have the confidence after undergrad to take professional risks, whether that is to begin/grow a start-up or apply myself in a smaller boutique firm. Furthermore, I will have the support of the school’s network to help accelerate my professional progression in the period before matriculation.

  • [Long-term] My longer-term vision is to make a positive impact in Australia. Currently Australia has a large dependence on its mining and farming exports however both industries are in decline which will ultimately damage the economy. The automotive industry was once in this position, unfortunately the industry succumbed to the downward trend and manufacturing has since been abandoned. My goal is to bring back the automotive industry to Australia in the form of renewable and sustainable practises thus contributing jobs, innovative technology, and pride to the country.



(4) OTHER

International exposure and languages:

  • Two months in Tanzania

  • Two years in Germany

      Can speak German at an elementary workplace level which I learnt in my own time.


Matriculation:

  • Aim to work for 3-4 years before matriculating

      Assuming that I am accepted into a deferred program.

  • Will be ~27 years old at time of matriculation


Essay discussion points:

  • Aspirations to lead and make a positive impact.

      Unfortunately Fortunately I have no ‘sob stories’.

  • MBA goals

  • Time spent in Germany

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Hi everyone, I am a 22-year-old Australian about to begin my final year of undergraduate studies with the intention to complete an MBA through Darden's Future Scholars program. Due to my expected graduation date, I am eligible to apply to potential programs in 2021. I believe that my GMAT score and essay(s) will ‘make or break’ my application. I appreciate any feedback on my profile and would like to hear opinions on what would be an appropriate GMAT score to target for Darden. My current train of thought is minimum --> 680, target --> 720, dream --> 740.



(1) BACKGROUND

Work experience:

  • Big 3 German automotive manufacturer (Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes)

      6-month internship in Germany

  • Prestigious boutique German automotive manufacturer

      14-month internship + thesis in Germany.

      Only (possibly first) non-EU resident at the company


Extra curriculars:

  • Founding president of the mechanical engineering student association

      200+ members in six months

      Organised an on-campus industry expo with 30+ companies and 1100 student registrations

      Company Q&As, industry visits, skill workshops, etc.

  • Elected undergraduate representative of 12,000+ students on the school’s academic board

      Hold monthly academic board meetings with the pro-vice chancellor and other high-ranking school officials. The academic board establishes the structure of academic programs and discusses school matters. There are a lot of NDAs!

  • In2Science mentor

      Mentor a classroom of low socioeconomic high school students to increase their engagement, confidence, and aspirations in STEM.

  • Student-Staff consulting representative

      Consult with my peers to identify program-related opportunities for improvement and present those issues at student-staff meetings.

  • Entrepreneurship club

      Committee member

  • Founded a side-business on a shoestring budget


  • Very early stage NPO start-up


  • Golden Key International Honour Society

  • Formula SAE


Undergrad school/major:

  • Location - Australia

  • QS 250, QS Engineering 100

  • Mechanical Engineering (Honours) | Business Management

      Will graduate with two degrees.

      Received several awards.

      Featured on university promotional material.

  • December 2020 graduation date


Other education/coursework:

  • Certificate III in Music Industry


Race/nationality:

  • White

  • Australian


Sex:

  • Male



(2) STATS

Cold GMAT Scores:

  • MGMAT#1 620 (Q40 V35)

      Taken 23/12/2019

  • GMATPrep#1 530 (Q32 V32)

      Taken 26/12/2019

  • Potential test dates: July 20’, December 20’, January 21’, February 21’


Undergrad GPA:

  • 4.0 / 4.0

      6 subjects remaining.



(3) MBA INFO

Goal of MBA:

  • [Short-term] To move away from traditional engineering roles and into management style roles particularly in NPO start-ups. By being accepted into a deferred program I will have the confidence after undergrad to take professional risks, whether that is to begin/grow a start-up or apply myself in a smaller boutique firm. Furthermore, I will have the support of the school’s network to help accelerate my professional progression in the period before matriculation.

  • [Long-term] My longer-term vision is to make a positive impact in Australia. Currently Australia has a large dependence on its mining and farming exports however both industries are in decline which will ultimately damage the economy. The automotive industry was once in this position, unfortunately the industry succumbed to the downward trend and manufacturing has since been abandoned. My goal is to bring back the automotive industry to Australia in the form of renewable and sustainable practises thus contributing jobs, innovative technology, and pride to the country.



(4) OTHER

International exposure and languages:

  • Two months in Tanzania

  • Two years in Germany

      Can speak German at an elementary workplace level which I learnt in my own time.


Matriculation:

  • Aim to work for 3-4 years before matriculating

      Assuming that I am accepted into a deferred program.

  • Will be ~27 years old at time of matriculation


Essay discussion points:

  • Aspirations to lead and make a positive impact.

      Unfortunately Fortunately I have no ‘sob stories’.

  • MBA goals

  • Time spent in Germany



Hi. I am also applying to Future Scholars! I think I am in a similar boat: I have high GPA and good internship experience, but GMAT scores and essays would be making a difference.

I am really hopeful that the GPA weighs a lot more in Future Scholars than normal (from what I heard, GMAT represent "most recent" academic achievement if applying after 5 years WE). Good luck!
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New post 07 Jan 2020, 07:58
Hello everyone

I am a 26 year old female from India.
GMAT : 760
Education : BTECH from a tier 2 college with GPA 8.25/10
Work experience : 4+ years of experience in a leading IT company in the country. I work in the automotive domain wherein I am involved in the development, validation and deployment of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System ECU) softwares. For the past 1 year, I am in Japan, at client location, leading a team of 10 (both at onsite and offshore) wherein we are involved in the In Vehicle ECU Software development and deployment of the Driver Attention Alert System. I directly interact with our client so as to completely understand and analyse their requirements and then devise the strategy to achieve the same.
Extra-curricular : I am an avid reader and a writer. I have an online blog with over 20 published articles and over 1k followers.
Apart from this, I am a trained Bharatnatyam (Indian classical dance form) dancer, practicing dance right from the tender age of 6. I have performed at over 200 stages and have received many accolades throughout my school and university tenure.
Volunteer activities : Right from the age of 17, I have been involved in several NGO activities. While I was pursuing my 11th and 12th, I used to provide home tuitions for 10-12 under privileged students. Then while in college, I volunteered with Teach for India. I have also volunteered with Help Age India and taught our elderly basic Math and English.
I would like to know my chances at top Bschools in the world.

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New post 07 Jan 2020, 08:22
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You got a good profile. You can even try Booth and others, perfectly good leadership experience to get in.


Without meaning any offense...
Just one question- the user name is that gay at risk or gayatri sk?

Also, you stand a fair chance at top 10 with this profile

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