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I have 1 Question for Wharton/HBS/Yale SOM Alumni and Applicants?

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Should I even bother applying?

Undergrad: Second Tier Ivy (Cornell, Brown, Upenn). Graduation date: 2013
BA: Political Science (International Politics focus); GPA: 3.67, Cumulative GPA: 3.60
GMAT: 720
Econ/Math/Finance: Just Principles of Econ in undergrad, and three "political economy" like classes (3As, 1 B. I was actually a quant guy before undergrad, so I am currently refreshing my math with the hope of taking Micro,Macro, and Multivariable Calc before I apply in November. Is the Calc necessary?
Work Experience: excluding undergrad internships: 1.75 at public sector consulting (doing a great deal of international disarmament/pandemic relief work; (think Deloitte, Accenture, Booz Allen). Prior internship at Bulge Bracket IB.
Leadership: coach to youth development program, pro-bono nonprofit consultant.
Recommendations: 1 professor, 2 supervisors/bosses
Language: Proficient in Spanish, Beginner in French

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New post 29 Jun 2015, 13:12
The only thing I would suggest is applying in a couple of years. The number of years you have for work experience is very low. All other metrics look good. Feel free to PM me for a more detailed review.

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Hi,

If you were to apply this year 2015-16, then you would have 3 years of work experience by the time you enroll in September 2016. 3-5 years is ideal and 3 years is no better or worse than 4 or 5. Your undergrad school & grades are what Wharton is looking for. Your GMAT meets Wharton's minimum criteria of 710 (you have a 720). Consulting is common, public consulting is less common and a point of differenciation. I did public sector consulting myself for two years before attending Sloan. You have some nice brand names on your resume with the addition of your internships - this is something Wharton is heavily focused on.

Good extracurriculars - they will be even better if you've continued them post-undergrad.

Overall you seem like a good candidate at Wharton and other top 10 business schools. Deciding whether to apply this year or next comes down to your goals and whether you think you've maxed out the variety of experiences you can have in your current role or whether there is something on the agenda at work that will seriously bolster your candidacy and be a reason to postpone applying.

There are lots of great schools out there for someone like yourself in addition to Wharton. You can read my essay analysis for Wharton here:
http://fxmbaconsulting.com/wharton-mba-essay-analysis-writing-tips-2015-2016-2018/





Should I even bother applying?

Undergrad: Second Tier Ivy (Cornell, Brown, Upenn). Graduation date: 2013
BA: Political Science (International Politics focus); GPA: 3.67, Cumulative GPA: 3.60
GMAT: 720
Econ/Math/Finance: Just Principles of Econ in undergrad, and three "political economy" like classes (3As, 1 B. I was actually a quant guy before undergrad, so I am currently refreshing my math with the hope of taking Micro,Macro, and Multivariable Calc before I apply in November. Is the Calc necessary?
Work Experience: excluding undergrad internships: 1.75 at public sector consulting (doing a great deal of international disarmament/pandemic relief work; (think Deloitte, Accenture, Booz Allen). Prior internship at Bulge Bracket IB.
Leadership: coach to youth development program, pro-bono nonprofit consultant.
Recommendations: 1 professor, 2 supervisors/bosses
Language: Proficient in Spanish, Beginner in French

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Hi,

If you were to apply this year 2015-16, then you would have 3 years of work experience by the time you enroll in September 2016. 3-5 years is ideal and 3 years is no better or worse than 4 or 5. Your undergrad school & grades are what Wharton is looking for. Your GMAT meets Wharton's minimum criteria of 710 (you have a 720). Consulting is common, public consulting is less common and a point of differenciation. I did public sector consulting myself for two years before attending Sloan. You have some nice brand names on your resume with the addition of your internships - this is something Wharton is heavily focused on.

Good extracurriculars - they will be even better if you've continued them post-undergrad.

Overall you seem like a good candidate at Wharton and other top 10 business schools. Deciding whether to apply this year or next comes down to your goals and whether you think you've maxed out the variety of experiences you can have in your current role or whether there is something on the agenda at work that will seriously bolster your candidacy and be a reason to postpone applying.

There are lots of great schools out there for someone like yourself in addition to Wharton. You can read my essay analysis for Wharton here:
http://fxmbaconsulting.com/wharton-mba-essay-analysis-writing-tips-2015-2016-2018/

Thank you so much for the response! At this point, I think I will shoot for at least a 730 on the GMAT and apply to all the schools on my list.



Should I even bother applying?

Undergrad: Second Tier Ivy (Cornell, Brown, Upenn). Graduation date: 2013
BA: Political Science (International Politics focus); GPA: 3.67, Cumulative GPA: 3.60
GMAT: 720
Econ/Math/Finance: Just Principles of Econ in undergrad, and three "political economy" like classes (3As, 1 B. I was actually a quant guy before undergrad, so I am currently refreshing my math with the hope of taking Micro,Macro, and Multivariable Calc before I apply in November. Is the Calc necessary?
Work Experience: excluding undergrad internships: 1.75 at public sector consulting (doing a great deal of international disarmament/pandemic relief work; (think Deloitte, Accenture, Booz Allen). Prior internship at Bulge Bracket IB.
Leadership: coach to youth development program, pro-bono nonprofit consultant.
Recommendations: 1 professor, 2 supervisors/bosses
Language: Proficient in Spanish, Beginner in French

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Adding a couple thoughts:

If you think you can add 20-30+ points to your GMAT then it could be worth retaking (depending on how much free time you have and the impacts of retaking it on the rest of your application, in case you choose studying over essay drafting at all). That said, 730 will not be much different than 720 for your profile.

I also recommend getting your LORs from your current job and not professors, unless you did something truly remarkable with a professor. Professional references work better.

I work with a lot of consultants every year and the biggest problem consultants have is standing out from the other consultants. It seems obvious on the surface, but take enough time to craft as unique a story as possible.

Good luck! Should you wish to discuss your profile further, send me a note. Scott@personalmbacoach.com
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PersonalMBACoach wrote:
Adding a couple thoughts:

If you think you can add 20-30+ points to your GMAT then it could be worth retaking (depending on how much free time you have and the impacts of retaking it on the rest of your application, in case you choose studying over essay drafting at all). That said, 730 will not be much different than 720 for your profile.

I also recommend getting your LORs from your current job and not professors, unless you did something truly remarkable with a professor. Professional references work better.

I work with a lot of consultants every year and the biggest problem consultants have is standing out from the other consultants. It seems obvious on the surface, but take enough time to craft as unique a story as possible.

Good luck! Should you wish to discuss your profile further, send me a note. Scott@personalmbacoach.com


Thank you for the reply! Much appreciated

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