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Hi All,

I'm looking to apply to the following schools:

1. MIT
2. HBS
3. Duke
4. UMN- Carlson
5. TX-Austin


Bachelors Mechanical Engineering from Midwestern University
3.88 GPA (3.95 without (1) C- on a group project course)
660 GMAT Q46
3 years engineering automation systems (small company)
4 years in consultative sales of automation systems and robotics for a distributor (big company but they probably wouldn't have heard of it)
10 years building a farming business -- owner/operator

My question is if I really have a shot at this list. My second question is if it makes sense to play up the farmer/agriculture producer card? I can't imagine a ton of techie farmers applying to HBS. Does this play well for me or is this something too strange for adcoms to handle? Weaving a tale of wanting to go to b-school in order to introduce higher level automation to the agriculture industry seems like an enticing story...

The other option is to leave my farming business out completely. I'm really just looking for guidance based on this profile. I know the 660 Q46 is certainly not doing me any favors. I've never been amazing at standardized tests.

Thanks for your help!

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New post 07 Dec 2017, 01:50
beefey wrote:
Hi All,

I'm looking to apply to the following schools:

1. MIT
2. HBS
3. Duke
4. UMN- Carlson
5. TX-Austin


Bachelors Mechanical Engineering from Midwestern University
3.88 GPA (3.95 without (1) C- on a group project course)
660 GMAT Q46
3 years engineering automation systems (small company)
4 years in consultative sales of automation systems and robotics for a distributor (big company but they probably wouldn't have heard of it)
10 years building a farming business -- owner/operator

My question is if I really have a shot at this list. My second question is if it makes sense to play up the farmer/agriculture producer card? I can't imagine a ton of techie farmers applying to HBS. Does this play well for me or is this something too strange for adcoms to handle? Weaving a tale of wanting to go to b-school in order to introduce higher level automation to the agriculture industry seems like an enticing story...

The other option is to leave my farming business out completely. I'm really just looking for guidance based on this profile. I know the 660 Q46 is certainly not doing me any favors. I've never been amazing at standardized tests.

Thanks for your help!


I think MIT and HBS are both a long shot with your GMAT score.
Your agriculture- farmer story sounds interesting to me. You have the experience to back it up, but you will have to convince the adcom that you are really passionate about it and have long term plans to shake the industry up.

To add to b-schools under consideration- Wharton has a good offering for agri-business and its something you should explore. They also have an Agri -business club.

You haven't mentioned the other option you'd use to pitch your career goals, so it will be hard to compare.
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Thank you for your input MBA decoder. I really appreciate your advice.

I did about 75% automation/engineering consultative sales and 25% agricultural production business. It would be possible to completely leave out the agriculture story and JUST talk about the engineering/automation side. My references will be from the automation industry.

We always called ourselves 'sales engineers' but does 'consultative automation engineer' play better? Lots of people dislike sales people for one reason or another...

In the 'optional' essay would it be worthwhile to say that I actually have a 3.96 without ONE C- or is that undermining their investigative determination? Is the optional essay really not optional?

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