It is currently 21 Sep 2017, 12:55


GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance


we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.


Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Please evaluate my profile

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Joined: 27 Jan 2007
Posts: 2

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Please evaluate my profile [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Aug 2009, 02:15
Please evaluate my profile. Thanks in advance.

Born in Ukraine, immigrated to the United States at the age of 14, now US citizen working in the former USSR countries (Ukraine, Russia) since 2006/Male/25
Education: UCLA, accepted as high school valedictorian with full 4-year scholarship, majoring in Business Economics and minoring in Accounting and Political Science.

I went undergrad to UCLA and graduated in 2006. I had full merit-based scholarship at UCLA and was accepted there as a high school class valedictorian (first in class of more than 600). Since I was born outside the United States and immigrated to the US when I was 14, English is not my native language. I also had to work full time during all 4 undergrad years to help my family and younger sister. Due to full time employment (and perhaps very difficult curves at UCLA), I maintained just 3.2 undegrad GPA. GMAT is 720.

My work experience includes working for international financial organisation (such as IMF & World Bank), where I already had two promotions based on the results. I am working as a Banker in the corporate sector and lead/work on debt/equity investments to mid-size companies for a total amount of up to EUR 1 billion. This involves daily communication with high-rank government officials, shareholders, CEOs, CFOs, etc. I believe I will have excellent recommendations, a lot of international and leadership experience, good essays, but will my undegrad GPA hurt me at top-20 schools?

Do the schools know how difficult and competitive UCLA undergrad is with grading curves compared to many schools? Do they take into account that I have been working full time and English is not my native language? I'm worried that my GPA is lower than average GPA at most top schools. While it is in 80% range, it is below average. How will it affect me? Can I still be competitive at top schools or should I go get master degree first

I am mostly interested in schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, UCLA, Chicago, NYU, Duke, Cornell, Columbia. Do I have any chance?

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

User avatar
Status: Trust Experience, Trust Success
Affiliations: U. Chicago, Johns Hopkins, AIGAC
Joined: 12 Dec 2005
Posts: 1796

Kudos [?]: 184 [0], given: 0

Re: Please evaluate my profile [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Aug 2009, 14:11

I think you are overworrying your undergrad GPA. Top 20 schools do of course take into account the selectivity and academic rigor of applicants' colleges and also take into account your need to work. Both count in your favor. But your GMAT score largely eliminates concerns about your GPA, so you should be in good shape.

You have a distinctive, interesting, and impressive profile so I would not discourage from applying to any of the schools you mentioned. Harvard and Stanford will be the toughest, but perhaps you can package yourself in an interesting enough way to get their attention. Wharton, Columbia, and Chicago will be somewhat more doable. You should be competitive at UCLA, NYU, Duke, and Cornell. So not a bad mix of schools IMO.

Good luck,

Kudos [?]: 184 [0], given: 0

Re: Please evaluate my profile   [#permalink] 03 Aug 2009, 14:11
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
EXPERTS_POSTS_IN_THIS_TOPIC Please evaluate my profile. papillon 3 23 Dec 2007, 21:06
EXPERTS_POSTS_IN_THIS_TOPIC evaluate my profile please: thunderdogg 5 23 Dec 2007, 21:24
EXPERTS_POSTS_IN_THIS_TOPIC Please evaluate my profile usochopper 1 25 Nov 2007, 20:32
EXPERTS_POSTS_IN_THIS_TOPIC Please evaluate my profile. veekayem 3 19 Nov 2007, 22:53
EXPERTS_POSTS_IN_THIS_TOPIC Please Evaluate my Profile panda 1 12 Oct 2007, 19:21
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Please evaluate my profile

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.