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Decent GMAT; Low GPA

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21 Jul 2011, 10:26
I am working on my applications for the fall.

Right now, I am thinking of targeting Cornell/USC/Haas/Northwestern/Booth/Tepper

My background
27f/African American/Ivy League ugrad/gpa 2.6-explanation for this/gmat 700/ 4 years of clinical research experience at a medical school/ 6 months experience with health related startups & marketing in life sciences/ I plan on focusing on entrepreneurship and healthcare for my MBA.

I realize how low the gpa is so I am working on getting a 740. Also, I am taking some quant classes at a local grad school.

What are my chances?
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21 Jul 2011, 21:25

In any case, it sounds like you're targeting the right range of schools given your background (Booth and Kellogg are stretches; Haas and Cornell are sweet spots; Tepper and USC are safeties). Your GMAT/GPA combo will be a concern, although going to an Ivy helps (and getting a 740 will help). "Clinical research" can suggest "lab rat" --so it's essential to show that you have some of the skills and experience that can be adapted to a team-oriented corporate environment (even if it's "entrepreneurial"). At this point, it sounds like you're doing all the right things (retaking GMAT, a good mix of stretch, sweet spot and safety schools), and you're focused on executing the applications.
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