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Brazilian, female, 27.

Undergrad Information: Double Degree in Materials Engineering and Science & Technology from a top 15 ranked school in Latin America (#3 in Brazil) ; researches on Materials for medical applications published on International Congress;
GPA: 2,4 (I know it's quite low but average for my course is 2,2 e highest GPA is 3,78)
GMAT: 660 ( V37, Q44)
Work experience and leadership:
Right now in a Leadership Developmental Program in a multinational Chem company working with Strategy & Innovation.
I'll have 2 years of full-time post graduation by the time the MBA starts. However, before getting an offer, I've had two year experience as an intern in the same company (1st year in Research & Innovation mainly focused on materials for medical applications, 2nd year in Strategic Marketing) working 30 hours/week.

International experience:
Two months exchange program in Germany during studies.
Cross-collaborative projects with colleagues in Germany, France and USA.


Community and others:
Decent list of activities outside high school / UG / work showing leadership skills.

Post MBA goals
Marketing in Healthcare Industry (medical Devices).

Would appreciate any and all inputs on this.
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Hi leticiammello, thanks for posting!

I think Darden will value your experience in the leadership development program -- those are usually selective and reserved for star performers, plus they provide a lot of exposure quickly. Since admissions will look primarily at your full-time, post-college experience, 2 years is a little light, but hopefully the fast paced nature of the program makes up for that. Do make sure you have clear reasons for why you want to get your MBA now. (Average age for Darden's class is 27 by the way.)

As far as your GPA, yes it is quite low, but it sounds like a challenging course of study. Admissions knows that GPAs in engineering are often lower, but it may be worth explaining those averages in an optional essay. The other best way to address the lower GPA is to rock the GMAT! I strongly recommend you retake and try to get your Quant score up in particular. A 660 is in Darden's range but I think your chances would be much stronger with a score closer to 700.

Otherwise, the global experience and community involvement are great. And being a female applicant from Brazil will give you a nice boost too!

Best of luck!
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Brazilian, female, 27.

Undergrad Information: Double Degree in Materials Engineering and Science & Technology from a top 15 ranked school in Latin America (#3 in Brazil) ; researches on Materials for medical applications published on International Congress;
GPA: 2,4 (I know it's quite low but average for my course is 2,2 e highest GPA is 3,78)
GMAT: 660 ( V37, Q44)
Work experience and leadership:
Right now in a Leadership Developmental Program in a multinational Chem company working with Strategy & Innovation.
I'll have 2 years of full-time post graduation by the time the MBA starts. However, before getting an offer, I've had two year experience as an intern in the same company (1st year in Research & Innovation mainly focused on materials for medical applications, 2nd year in Strategic Marketing) working 30 hours/week.

International experience:
Two months exchange program in Germany during studies.
Cross-collaborative projects with colleagues in Germany, France and USA.


Community and others:
Decent list of activities outside high school / UG / work showing leadership skills.

Post MBA goals
Marketing in Healthcare Industry (medical Devices).

Would appreciate any and all inputs on this.

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leticiammello wrote:
Brazilian, female, 27.

Undergrad Information: Double Degree in Materials Engineering and Science & Technology from a top 15 ranked school in Latin America (#3 in Brazil) ; researches on Materials for medical applications published on International Congress;
GPA: 2,4 (I know it's quite low but average for my course is 2,2 e highest GPA is 3,78)
GMAT: 660 ( V37, Q44) With an avg GMAT score of 712 - this is on lower side-- however, they may look at GMATs from Brazil with a slightly different lens-- so you may be in striking range-- it would help if GPA was higher-- but definitely having the quant oriented undergrad will be noted.
Work experience and leadership:
Right now in a Leadership Developmental Program in a multinational Chem company working with Strategy & Innovation. That's a great background to have for MBA-- you could consider even another year to be even stronger-- and give you time to improve GMAT if you can.
I'll have 2 years of full-time post graduation by the time the MBA starts. However, before getting an offer, I've had two year experience as an intern in the same company (1st year in Research & Innovation mainly focused on materials for medical applications, 2nd year in Strategic Marketing) working 30 hours/week.

International experience:
Two months exchange program in Germany during studies.
Cross-collaborative projects with colleagues in Germany, France and USA.


Community and others:
Decent list of activities outside high school / UG / work showing leadership skills.

Post MBA goals
Marketing in Healthcare Industry (medical Devices).
If you are considering another year-- one option that we offer is to do an Early Edge package where you work with a counselor for a period of 5 hours over the prior year to applications-- then when you do apply you have had time to improve all key areas that you discuss with your counselor during the Early Edge program. I have worked with several clients very successfully this way-- by looking carefully at all aspects of your profile BEFORE you apply-- you have time to strengthen areas so that when you do apply you really are ready. Something to consider.... if you want to learn more-- here is where you reach out for a profile review:https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/admissions/business-school-admissions-consulting-gmat-club-visitor/
Would appreciate any and all inputs on this.

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In a tight spot after missing out on reach school(s) and waitlisted at target school; debating whether or not it is worthwhile to apply to Darden at this point in the application cycle.

American male; undergrad at large public university with similar profile to UVA, majoring in Economics (3.1 GPA). Lower GPA due to extra-curricular involvement (traveling club sport at school that required significant time commitment) and uncertain finances for two of four years.

Will have 86 months of WE at matriculation with the same firm, going from contract/contingent basis for first year and two different operational groups in the time since; last 18 months in managerial role for three direct reports in client-facing support role for sales & trading at a bulge bracket investment bank.

Taken the GMAT thrice: 590 in 2015, 660 in 2016, and 700 in 2017. I have never applied to Darden but have self-reported scores each time. Previous applicant in 2016 (Fuqua, K-F, Tuck, Mendoza - only acceptance) and 2017/18 (Wharton, Fuqua, K-F, Tuck)

Long-term goal is to enter into university endowment management after gaining buyside investment mgmt experience with a PE firm; short-term is to work in leveraged finance or M&A for boutique or bulge-bracket bank, thereby to open opportunities for mid-to-long term goal. Previously interested in LBO consulting for MBB but feel banking is straighter path to PE fund mgmt/long-term goals.
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New post 12 Mar 2018, 20:03
Hi there! Sorry to hear you're in a tight spot. You achieved an impressive increase in your GMAT!

Without seeing your full application, I'm not sure what other areas may have led to the decisions you received, but my guess is that your GPA / GMAT combo was one factor, and just not strong enough for some of the top schools on your list. I worry about this too with Darden, where the median GMAT is 713 and the median GPA is 3.5. Those stats, combined with the typically lower chances in Round 3, don't make me feel great about your chances, but it's certainly worth a shot.

Make sure you are using the optional essay to address your lower GPA and highlight your dedication to raising your GMAT. Use the main essay show them you will thrive in the interactive and intellectually challenging environment that makes Darden unique.

Good luck!
Kate

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In a tight spot after missing out on reach school(s) and waitlisted at target school; debating whether or not it is worthwhile to apply to Darden at this point in the application cycle.

American male; undergrad at large public university with similar profile to UVA, majoring in Economics (3.1 GPA). Lower GPA due to extra-curricular involvement (traveling club sport at school that required significant time commitment) and uncertain finances for two of four years.

Will have 86 months of WE at matriculation with the same firm, going from contract/contingent basis for first year and two different operational groups in the time since; last 18 months in managerial role for three direct reports in client-facing support role for sales & trading at a bulge bracket investment bank.

Taken the GMAT thrice: 590 in 2015, 660 in 2016, and 700 in 2017. I have never applied to Darden but have self-reported scores each time. Previous applicant in 2016 (Fuqua, K-F, Tuck, Mendoza - only acceptance) and 2017/18 (Wharton, Fuqua, K-F, Tuck)

Long-term goal is to enter into university endowment management after gaining buyside investment mgmt experience with a PE firm; short-term is to work in leveraged finance or M&A for boutique or bulge-bracket bank, thereby to open opportunities for mid-to-long term goal. Previously interested in LBO consulting for MBB but feel banking is straighter path to PE fund mgmt/long-term goals.

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CSimmsBairdSchool wrote:
In a tight spot after missing out on reach school(s) and waitlisted at target school; debating whether or not it is worthwhile to apply to Darden at this point in the application cycle.

American male; undergrad at large public university with similar profile to UVA, majoring in Economics (3.1 GPA). Lower GPA due to extra-curricular involvement (traveling club sport at school that required significant time commitment) and uncertain finances for two of four years.

Will have 86 months of WE at matriculation with the same firm, going from contract/contingent basis for first year and two different operational groups in the time since; last 18 months in managerial role for three direct reports in client-facing support role for sales & trading at a bulge bracket investment bank.

Taken the GMAT thrice: 590 in 2015, 660 in 2016, and 700 in 2017. I have never applied to Darden but have self-reported scores each time. Previous applicant in 2016 (Fuqua, K-F, Tuck, Mendoza - only acceptance) and 2017/18 (Wharton, Fuqua, K-F, Tuck)

Long-term goal is to enter into university endowment management after gaining buyside investment mgmt experience with a PE firm; short-term is to work in leveraged finance or M&A for boutique or bulge-bracket bank, thereby to open opportunities for mid-to-long term goal. Previously interested in LBO consulting for MBB but feel banking is straighter path to PE fund mgmt/long-term goals.

Well it looks like the deadline has passed-- April 3! But let me just say I hope you did apply. Overall you have some strong stats and the R3 option always is a mixed bag. In some ways-- you are more at the mercy of what the school needs at that point-- if they are finding the yield to be lower than expected-- then they may be very glad to grab another quality candidate-- but if for some reason there is already a lot more yes answers than they expected-- then you will find it hard to get a yes even if you are amazing. But you won't know unless you try-- so I hope you did apply and I wish you the best. I think that your progression in GMAT shows resilience and dedication to improvement and that your current 700-- while not quite at their avg-- is still in striking range. I hope you are successful!
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Thanks, I did end up applying to Darden for R3! fingers crossed
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Thanks, I did end up applying to Darden for R3! fingers crossed

Happy to hear it! Best wishes for good news!
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Background & nationality: Korean American in NYC
Undergrad Information: Graduated with bachelors in finance from a large private university in Philadelphia. Low GPA of 2.45 (will explain)
GMAT: 710 Q:48 & V:39 IR:4
Work experience & leadership: 48 months at an investment bank in nyc. Front office role in sales & trading. Analyst the first three years then promoted to assistant vp/associate. whenever manager was ooo, I would fill in the managers role and manage a team of 4 people.
Recommendations: have strong refs from managers
Community and others: worked two with NGOs. One helps kids in third world counties. The other helps raise awareness and funds for epilepsy.
Post mba goals:work in consulting in DC area.
Anything else: to explain the low gpa, I had epilepsy for most of my life till the end of high school, when I had brain surgery to treat the disease. I have been free from epilepsy since. The surgery took some toll on me during college years because it was in the verbal memory part of the brain, but I think the real reason for low gpa was because I didn’t try hard. I took a few quantitative courses at a local college in nyc since graduating and got As in all of them (even though it won’t change my gpa)

I know my gpa is very weak, but do you think I have any chance?

Thanks
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Hi cb02,
Sorry you had to wait awhile for a response to your profile.

Obviously the GPA will be a challenge but I think your honesty about what happened in college, and how you overcame that setback, will be very appreciated by Darden. You will definitely want to write an optional essay explaining those circumstances. You've also been smart to take additional quant courses, that is wonderful and the admissions committee will appreciate you putting in that effort. The best way, honestly, to counteract a low GPA is to get a high GMAT. You have done that, a 710 is a great score that proves you can handle the academics of b-school; but it is just about near the median for Darden. I'm not sure where you're at on your "GMAT journey" but if you'd consider retaking, it might be worth a shot to see if you can get a score that's over the median. The other challenge is that you are applying from a heavily represented applicant pool (men in finance) so that's something to consider too. But I do really like the points you mention about your work experience -- it sounds like you've gained the trust of management and are seen as a high potential leader. The promotion is great too, and I think your recommendations will be important to vouch for those things.

Switching to consulting is totally doable; just make sure you can articulate why -- what draws you to the work, why it's a good fit for you, etc. If DC is a target location for you (I lived there many years myself!) then I think Georgetown should be on your list too as a safer option, but still one that has excellent placement with top consulting firms in DC.

One more thing - Are you still working with the NGOs? If that was in the past, can you restart those roles? Or take on bigger roles? That could be another area to stand out, especially with the one focused on epilepsy since it ties to your personal story and is a bit more unique.

Best of luck! Feel free to PM me if you have any specific follow-up questions.
Kate

cb02 wrote:
Background & nationality: Korean American in NYC
Undergrad Information: Graduated with bachelors in finance from a large private university in Philadelphia. Low GPA of 2.45 (will explain)
GMAT: 710 Q:48 & V:39 IR:4
Work experience & leadership: 48 months at an investment bank in nyc. Front office role in sales & trading. Analyst the first three years then promoted to assistant vp/associate. whenever manager was ooo, I would fill in the managers role and manage a team of 4 people.
Recommendations: have strong refs from managers
Community and others: worked two with NGOs. One helps kids in third world counties. The other helps raise awareness and funds for epilepsy.
Post mba goals:work in consulting in DC area.
Anything else: to explain the low gpa, I had epilepsy for most of my life till the end of high school, when I had brain surgery to treat the disease. I have been free from epilepsy since. The surgery took some toll on me during college years because it was in the verbal memory part of the brain, but I think the real reason for low gpa was because I didn’t try hard. I took a few quantitative courses at a local college in nyc since graduating and got As in all of them (even though it won’t change my gpa)

I know my gpa is very weak, but do you think I have any chance?

Thanks

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