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OK, I finally took the GMAT! Ended up with a 700 (42Q/42V) and expecting a 5.5. or 6.0 AWA. SO relieved to be done with that ordeal!
I told myself that, if I scored 700+, I would apply to more competitive programs. As such, I've narrowed my selection down to the following 9 schools:
Uber Elite Harvard U. Penn
Elite Northwestern Yale UCLA
Almost Elite Emory Georgetown UT-Austin USC
Is 9 too much? I don't want to tire my recommenders, and need to make sure I have enough time to make each application great.
Would appreciate any thoughts and help!
Male, 26 years old at matriculation American, Caucasian UG: Top 50 University with 3.27 GPA EC: Campus leader in several clubs
Studied Abroad in Japan, Fluent in Japanese
WE1: Hotel Manager at Fortune 100 Corporation with 20 direct reports WE2: Hotel Manager, later Night Manager, at re-opening of world famous luxury hotel with 20 direct reports WE3: Property Manager, then promoted to Asset Manager, at Japanese Real Estate Firm. Proposed new division, which was executed and I was given responsibility for it. Speak Japanese on daily basis at work.
Goal Get MBA to pursue career in hotel development. I have strong hospitality leadership background, international experience, and have delved into real estate, so I feel I possess a strong profile.
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As for Cornell...great program, but unfortunately not a fit for me personally. My wife is applying for her PhD at the same time I am for an MBA, so we've narrowed our prospective lists so that we have a strong chance in the same locations.
Man those schools are tough, Kellogg would be the "easiest" lets wait till you get the score before we start jumping overboard. Bear in mind that even if get a 720 you will be about average at those schools, the GPA will bring you down a tad. Its not a lost cause but even w/ 720 those schools are tough for people with 3.9's !