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10 Feb 2012, 10:21
i have a GMAT score of 700 and a gpa of abt 3.2 and 3 years of work ex what are my chances of getting into schools like Harvard.
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10 Feb 2012, 11:21
That depends on a lot of other stuff, but everyone's chances of getting into Harvard or other similar schools is basically the same...very small.
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10 Feb 2012, 11:32
Ok more specifically what are the things that the top 15 bschools in the us look for in a potential student in terms of gpa and gmat scores work ex and so on
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10 Feb 2012, 11:51
Unless you've done something remarkable with your life (cured a disease) or have a relative that donated a building to the school, you don't have a chance.

Not trying to be a jerk, just helping out.
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10 Feb 2012, 11:54
In none of the top 15 ???
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10 Feb 2012, 11:59
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In none of the top 15 ???

No no, I was referring to Harvard (or Stanford for that matter).
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10 Feb 2012, 15:05
mbarealestate wrote:
gomzit wrote:
In none of the top 15 ???

No no, I was referring to Harvard (or Stanford for that matter).

Take it for what it's worth but this poster is right. H/S/W is pretty much out of the picture for you. You only mention GMAT and GPA, so I will assume the rest of your application (work exp, recommendations etc) fall under the same category of your GPA and GMAT. Pretty good, not very good, and not great. Booth, Sloan, Kellog, Columbia are very long shots as well, I'd say you'd have a 10% chance at getting into each of these schools. That said, if you apply to all of them, you may just land an interview and do your best from there. Haas, Tuck, Stern, Yale are reaches-you'd have a 20% chance or so. Your sweet spot is more around the top 15 range-Cornell, Duke, Darden, Tepper, Ross. You'd have a decent shot at those schools. Obviously this isn't a hard and fast 'ranking' of schools as rankings are subjective, but that should give you an idea.
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10 Feb 2012, 15:41
I would say that to improve your chances at a top 15 school try to bump your GMAT up a bit (to say 730), which will make up for your GPA a bit (which is acceptable but a bit on the low end of top 15 type schools). However, my biggest cause for concern is that you only state GMAT and GPA stats (an vague work experience) and expect people to give an answer. While good GMAT and GPA are required to be considered B schools look well beyond that. Work experience is important but schools want to show how you've interacted in teams and led projects. Moreover, your essays must convey a cohesive argument as to why you want an MBA and why you will be an asset to that particular school.

As far as quantifying your chances, the best thing to do is to look at the ranges at each particular school you apply. By all means apply to Harvard but realize it is a VERY hard school to crack (unless a miracle happens Tuesday, I didn't get an interview invite there).

My best advice is to reach for a couple schools, but also apply to schools were you have a pretty solid shot, and even include a safety school if your intent is to matriculate this year.
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11 Feb 2012, 08:43
ok so with my current gmat score and gpa what are the schools tht i should be looking at if the gmat score is the issue i dont mind giving the gmat again and applying next year also my gpa might not be accurate its a very conservative estimate .
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11 Feb 2012, 09:59
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This isn't law school guys. You can't give someone their odds based on just stats alone. Your undergrad, age, work experience, demographics, and ECs matter a ton. Havard takes 900+ people ever year. Probably some of them have the same stats as you. Does that mean you'll for sure get in? No. We'd need a more complete picture of your candidacy.
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11 Feb 2012, 11:01
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This isn't law school guys. You can't give someone their odds based on just stats alone. Your undergrad, age, work experience, demographics, and ECs matter a ton. Havard takes 900+ people ever year. Probably some of them have the same stats as you. Does that mean you'll for sure get in? No. We'd need a more complete picture of your candidacy.

100% agreed... but i will add my two sense. You sound like me 2 years ago when I got a higher gmat than anticipated and suddenly realized I had similar stats to the averages of top programs. Take time to learn all you can about the process and understand why you want an MBA (develop goals especially). Don't do what i did last year and rush to apply to top 5 schools, some of which are the most competitive in the world, and apply against the best competition with a rushed application.

That being said. I would work for another year to get some more meaningful work experience... your stats look familiar
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11 Feb 2012, 12:15
Like has been said, the top programs don't focus on stats alone. They use the whole picture to make their admissions decisions.
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20 Feb 2012, 07:26
Well I would say why not work for another 2 years and try to add some significant experience during that time to your profile?

I got a 700 on the GMAT and have a 3.1 GPA from a State school. But I have 6yrs of work experience in 3 different countries plus have managed customers across 7 countries (all in Asia, although I am not Asian) and I can speak four languages. I am applying for R3 at HBS. Do I have a shot? Maybe, maybe not. You can only find out if you apply.

Someone I know got a 740 on their GMAT, had a GPA close to 4, had a bachelors in material's science, a master's in biochemistry with a scholarship from MIT-NUS, and solid working experience for a medical consultancy as well as a for an ibank, and (my thoughts) they didn't get into a top 20 int'l MBA because the essays didn't manage to convey any of this!

Food for thought.
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