It is currently 16 Dec 2017, 11:02


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

Profile Evaluation

  new topic post reply Update application status  
Author Message
Joined: 02 Mar 2014
Posts: 3

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

Profile Evaluation [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 02 Mar 2014, 18:15
Hi --

1) Military Officer, Army, Captain (O-3). Currently serve as commander of a company-level unit (76 personnel), $100M equipment. Deal with everything from Soldier welfare and family issues to supply-chain management, budget, training plan, etc. Have served as Executive Officer and Platoon Leader (28 personnel). 1 combat deployment to the middle east. 28 years old.

2) 780 - Q: 50 V: 48 IR: 8 AWA: 6

3) Graduate, USMA West Point, c/o 2008. Major Systems Engineering. GPA 2.93. I was simply not mature with my studies. No excuse. I was focused on becoming the best leader and officer and knew my intelligence would carry me without as much concerted effort. I was short-sighted -- focused on graduating and leading Soldiers, not pampering my transcript. It was a huge mistake and I now regret it considering I am considering B-School.

4) Leadership experience is largely professionally-sourced. I have many specific instances I can cite from the mundane to combat-related.

5) No Certifications.

6) HBS, Stanford GSB, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, INSEAD

7) Next Year

8) I would like to enter finance or private-equity.

I realize my big handicap is the low-GPA and that the schools listed can have their pick of high-performing applicants. Just thought I'd ask the question. I am considering taking Harvard or UCLA extension classes as a further show of quant ability but unsure if that will help.

Thanks for your consideration.

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

Expert Post
MBA Admissions Consultant
User avatar
Joined: 29 Oct 2013
Posts: 662

Kudos [?]: 55 [0], given: 0

Re: Profile Evaluation [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 10 Mar 2014, 18:09

Take those classes! It will help! While the GMAT is obviously great and your experience has many strengths, taking a class and doing well in it will show, as nothing else can, that you can excel in the classroom as well as at work and at standardized tests. These top programs want actual evidence that you’ll excel in the classroom. Moreover, taking the class (or classes) will show that you acknowledge the shortcoming and are committed to addressing it in order to prepare for the MBA. I.e., it will show maturity. While you may be a viable applicant without taking additional classes, issue will make your candidacy far more idiosyncratic.

Another thing to do to strengthen your candidacy is to prepare yourself to make a really strong case for your goals. If you haven’t done so, learn about you target fields and companies, including informational interviews. Show understanding of what the work is like day to day, and how you would position or market yourself for an internship or job. Develop a meaningful vision for your goals – what impact you want to have and why, and why this particular career path attracts you.

By the way, you might also be interested in MIT and Cornell. Both are strong in finance (even though they're not known as "finance schools") and I've found they both are very appreciative of applicants with a military background. MIT is obviously as competitive as the other schools you mention; Cornell slightly less so but still have some special qualities that might make it a good fit. Just a "brainstorming" thought.

Good luck!

Cindy Tokumitsu
Senior Advisor, Accepted
Follow Accepted on Twitter
Friend Accepted on Facebook
Subscribe to Accepted's Blog

Kudos [?]: 55 [0], given: 0

Re: Profile Evaluation   [#permalink] 10 Mar 2014, 18:09
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Profile Evaluation

  new topic post reply Update application status  

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®.