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Joined: 31 Aug 2012
Posts: 2
GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V47
GPA: 3.2
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I'm trying to get an idea of where I should apply and whether some reach schools are worth the time/effort/money to bother applying.

GMAT: 760
Quantitative: 49 (83%)
Verbal: 47 (99%)
Int. Reasoning: 8 (93%)
AWA: 4 (20%) - I did not prepare for the essay at all, as I got the impression it has little impact on your application. When it came up, I wasn't prepared for the time constraint (I'm a very slow writer) and didn't finish
GPA: 2.81 - First two years were terrible, I struggled with a close family member dying of brain cancer and had a hard time readjusting to school life after graduating early and taking a year off. GPA for the last two years was a 3.4, I was on the Dean's List
Degree: UNC Chapel Hill BA Economics, Public Policy (Double Major) (Transfered from NYU)
Prof. WE: 4 Years now, 5 by matriculation (mostly financial sales, some restaurant mgmt.)
Age: 25
*Dual-Citizen (U.S./Greece)
*Decent amount of volunteer/community org. work
Parents were both intelligence officers for DoD, and I have a lot of intl. travel experience of a non-professional nature - is this to my benefit at all?

I want to focus on Intl. Business programs that incorporate a good mix of management, tech and finance. I don't have a network or any real roots anywhere and would like to find a program that will allow me to continue traveling without having to look too hard for work. I also prefer to study on the west coast but would be willing to go elsewhere if most of the cost were covered. I expect cost to ultimately be the biggest deciding factor for me.

These are the schools I'm currently considering:
Reach: Haas, Stern, Booth
Range: Anderson, Marshall, McCombs (used to live in Austin, still have a lot of friends there)
Safety: Merage, Foster, UC Davis

To complicate things more, I'm considering applying through the Consortium (Haas, Anderson, Marshall, Stern, McCombs, maybe one more for good measure). I am 1/4 Cherokee and furthermore have several qualifying work/volunteer/life experiences that I think would qualify me. Do you think applying through the CGSM would be a good idea, and how would it affect my chances? How would you approach rating the schools?

I'd really appreciate some outside perspective, I know the GMAT is decent but am worried about the low GPA and maybe weak work experience. I have also traveled quite a bit since undergrad (living in my 4th state in 5 years), so I'm worried about the impression my jumpy job history (longest tenure was 2 yrs., though I have worked multiple jobs at once several times) might leave on reviewers. Would I have a chance with any of the reaches listed? What odds might I have with a scholarship or fellowship with any of the schools mentioned? I appreciate any feedback.

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New post 07 Sep 2012, 12:43
Though your GPA is low, your high GMAT will compensate that. You have a decent college name on your resume. Your work experience is the main weak link. But, you should highlight your achievements, and good experiences.

You should remove all the schools in your 'safe' list. You can do better.

If I were you, I would also apply to Columbia and LBS.

Don't confine yourself to a specific location, unless you have a strong reason (marriage/kids, etc). MBA is once in a life time opportunity. Business school's brand matters a lot in this space. Good luck!
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