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Oxbridge 2010 Applicants

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New post 12 May 2011, 21:19
Hey guys, I'm looking to find out my chances for Cambridge. I saw their GPA and GMAT requirements and did a double take. I'm apparently in the running, but I'm not sure if it's just wishful thinking. I'm curious about my chances for applying for the 2013 class (when I'm 26).

- Canadian/Male/24yrs
- Undergrad Bachelor of Engineering Co-op, Electrical (equivalent to a Masters of Engineering in the UK) at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada
- 3.3 GPA (6.01 / 9 point scale at my school)
- Currently working for a global electrical engineering firm as a Project Engineer. Pursuing my Professional Engineer license
- 2 years experience post-grad, 1 year during co-op. I will have almost 5 years experience by the time I would like to enter
- Will likely transfer to one of our international offices for 1 - 1.5 years before entering
- GMAT practice score is 680 last test 5 days ago. My test is in 2 weeks. Trying to push it up to 700.

Is it possible? Honestly, I never imagined I'd ever have a chance at attending Cambridge.

Affiliations: CFA Level 2 Candidate (June 2011)
Joined: 17 Jun 2010
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Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Schools: Cambridge - Dinged, Oxford - Admitted, Cranfield - Admitted
WE 1: 1 year Operations @ top Nigerian Bank
WE 2: 2 years Portfolio Manager at Investment Banking Boutique
WE 3: At generalist private equity fund since September 2009
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New post 16 Jun 2011, 06:32
Hey Aaron,

Its definately worth a shot. I recently got admitted into Oxford for my MBA and trust me a few years ago I wouldn't have even dreamt it. I'm a Nigerian, with about five years experience in Asset Management/Private Equity in Nigeria, mediocre undergrad GPA (3.34/5) and a 670 (mediocre) Gmat. I think the essays and the interview are the key to getting in to those schools. You can also strenghten your extra curriculars now while you have the chance. Your profile (if you can get the 700 score) should be competitive, u need to make sure your essays reflect you as someone that would add value to their class. You should also spread your net farther than just one school (i applied to Oxford, Cambridge and Cranfield and although i didn't get into Cambridge, I got admitted into the others).

My advice to you is to start thinking about your strategy now. When you do apply, you'll need to show how the MBA is the next logical move for you and how it'll add value to your career. If you make any career moves before then, you'll need to have a good reason for it and show clearly how it ties into your MBA aspirations.

My two cents.


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