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Profile evaluation: chance of getting into a reputable MBA program

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Hello, could you please take some time to review and provide some advice to my profile, I will be really appreciated for your help :thumbup: :thumbup:

I began my college career in 2012, at a top 10 engineering school located at Midwest, but I had to drop out of the school due to multiple unfortunate situations (death of family members, lost family home in a fire accident, totaled my car and broke my ribs after being hit by a drunk driver, my mother's health issues and many more... :lol: :lol: ). I then went homeless for six months due to a lack of financial support. While using the local gym for shower, I met a future mentor of mine, which happened to be a very well-known businessman and the owner of several luxury automobile dealerships in the state. He offered me a job and I then began working with international student clients who had high demands for luxury vehicles, while taking community college courses and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (lost 70 pounds in four months). I eventually made my way back to university education in early 2016. Because my job really supports my family and funds my education, I continued working in the same automobile business for the next three years and received two promotions to the management level. However, my grade suffered due to my full-time working status while studying full-time. I will graduate this coming December and know that graduate school is not a possibility due to my poor GPA. And I firmly believe MBA can be an easy route for me to launch my future career and support my family along the way.

Here's my profile:

1) 25 years old Asian Male (U.S. Citizen)
2) will graduate from a top 60 university in the United States this December
3) 2.83 GPA (major in applied math, minors in economics, business administration, criminal justice, biology, chemistry, statistics).
4) 320+ GRE (my first try)
5) I am interested in management, entrepreneurship, marketing and business communication.
6) 4 years of full-time working experiences (with two promotions), will be 4.5 years before the starting of fall 2019 term.
7) very strong professional recommendations

schools of choice:

Tuck
McCombs
Owen
Olin (Washington)
Kelley
Miami (FL)
Babson
Fordham
Boston University

I am wondering which of the above universities do I realistically stand a chance to get into, even without any scholarship or funding? And I appreciate for any comment or evaluation on my profile, thank you so much!
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Hi there,
Wow, what a story. How fortunate that your mentor took a chance on you!

Your profile is of course non-traditional, since most applicants finish their undergraduate and then have 3-5 years of full-time work experience. So, gauging your chances is more difficult. Your story is going to be an important part, so they can see the hardships you've overcome.

It depends a bit on your quant/verbal breakdown but a 320+ GRE is pretty strong, though if you have time, I would retake to see if you can score even higher. Important to maximize that since you have a low GPA. Business schools do consider both GPA and GRE as part of your academic profile.

I worry most about your chances at Tuck, but it's also a school where they're known for wanting to get to know you and your personal story, so you could still give it a shot, but I think it will be tough. The others on your list seem more reasonable. Have you considered applying to part-time programs too? That is another option if you want to continue working.

Best of luck to you!
Kate

thomasliu2018 wrote:
Hello, could you please take some time to review and provide some advice to my profile, I will be really appreciated for your help :thumbup: :thumbup:

I began my college career in 2012, at a top 10 engineering school located at Midwest, but I had to drop out of the school due to multiple unfortunate situations (death of family members, lost family home in a fire accident, totaled my car and broke my ribs after being hit by a drunk driver, my mother's health issues and many more... :lol: :lol: ). I then went homeless for six months due to a lack of financial support. While using the local gym for shower, I met a future mentor of mine, which happened to be a very well-known businessman and the owner of several luxury automobile dealerships in the state. He offered me a job and I then began working with international student clients who had high demands for luxury vehicles, while taking community college courses and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (lost 70 pounds in four months). I eventually made my way back to university education in early 2016. Because my job really supports my family and funds my education, I continued working in the same automobile business for the next three years and received two promotions to the management level. However, my grade suffered due to my full-time working status while studying full-time. I will graduate this coming December and know that graduate school is not a possibility due to my poor GPA. And I firmly believe MBA can be an easy route for me to launch my future career and support my family along the way.

Here's my profile:

1) 25 years old Asian Male (U.S. Citizen)
2) will graduate from a top 60 university in the United States this December
3) 2.83 GPA (major in applied math, minors in economics, business administration, criminal justice, biology, chemistry, statistics).
4) 320+ GRE (my first try)
5) I am interested in management, entrepreneurship, marketing and business communication.
6) 4 years of full-time working experiences (with two promotions), will be 4.5 years before the starting of fall 2019 term.
7) very strong professional recommendations

schools of choice:

Tuck
McCombs
Owen
Olin (Washington)
Kelley
Miami (FL)
Babson
Fordham
Boston University

I am wondering which of the above universities do I realistically stand a chance to get into, even without any scholarship or funding? And I appreciate for any comment or evaluation on my profile, thank you so much!

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New post 01 Oct 2018, 17:08
Thank you so much Kate, this is truly helpful! I had 170 in quant and 154 in verbal, and I will retake the exam by November and hopefully to improve my verbal score to 160. Initially, I was considering full-time MBA since I wished to finish education as soon as possible. But after months of researches online, I will most definitely give a shot to part-time or online MBA to certain schools (particularly Kelley, they have a top ranking online program). Again, thank you so much for the reply, and I am really appreciated for your help.
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New post 03 Oct 2018, 07:03
That's an excellent quant score! Agree with seeing if you can boost verbal slightly, but quant is typically the more important section so I think you're still in good standing with your current score. Agree that Kelley's other options are worth checking out, in case a full-time option doesn't work out. Good luck!

thomasliu2018 wrote:
Thank you so much Kate, this is truly helpful! I had 170 in quant and 154 in verbal, and I will retake the exam by November and hopefully to improve my verbal score to 160. Initially, I was considering full-time MBA since I wished to finish education as soon as possible. But after months of researches online, I will most definitely give a shot to part-time or online MBA to certain schools (particularly Kelley, they have a top ranking online program). Again, thank you so much for the reply, and I am really appreciated for your help.

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