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Hello! Is my profile competitive for the LBS/INSEAD/IMD caliber, the Oxford/Cambridge/HEC range or should I set my sights to lower tiers?

Program: MBA (FT)
Area of interest in MBA : International Business / Corporate Strategy / Strategy Consulting
GMAT: 730 (Q 48, V 41). AWA 6.0.
GPA: 3.05 (some extenuating circumstances) in Finance and MIS from US Top-25 undergrad b-school
Nationality: American (Indian descent)
Age: 26/27 at matriculation
Gender: M

University work experience:
- Interned at a major Japanese automaker (in Japan -- where I spent several months actually assembling components on production lines)
- Interned at the US Department of Commerce (in the international import/export office)
- University-sponsored strategy consulting project with a Fortune 500 logistics/delivery company
- Co-oped at a major Hollywood studio in corporate strategy and finance

I also studied abroad in Australia during my sophomore year.

Professional work experience:
- Three years as a supply chain management analyst-consultant with a Big 4 consulting firm
- Two years as a supply chain management consultant at another Big 4 consulting firm

Have held three project management and team leader roles (even as a second-year analyst), and have international experience across five continents (Australia, Brazil, India, various countries in Europe and North America).

Extracurriculars:
- During undergrad, was an orientation advisor for new students, did pro-bono IT consulting work for non-profits, leadership roles with the Asian-American student affairs department.
- During my professional career, outside activities have been a bit more difficult (especially with international travel), but I am a Volunteer for an undergrad diversity leadership program sponsored by monster.com, and an alumni mentor through my university's Asian-American student affairs department, as well as involved in our firm's Asian-American outreach programs and in campus recruiting.

Major concern and questions:

1) My GPA is quite low (3.05) -- and marked by inconsistent grades across semester. My first semester freshman year I was at a 3.50, but my father passed away during second semester, so my grades started to falter. I started to regain at the end of sophomore year (back up to a 3.25), but just before my senior year, my mother was diagnosed with cancer, which sent my grades downward again severely during the last terms. I have been told for US schools that I could specifically write about this in my optional essay and how it has impacted my professional and personal development since then (which it has). But would this be the best way to approach this for the European schools too? And how badly will my GPA hurt my overall application?

2) One of my extracurriculars advisors in university who was quite familiar with my family circumstances has offered to write a letter outlining my personal situation, along with some of my extracurriculars involvement in university. Would this be of any help in explaining what happened with my GPA, and if so -- should it be done as a recommendation, or as a supplemental letter to other recommendations (from two supervisors)?

Sorry for the post length, and thanks very much for your help!

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teutonic9,

Sorry for the tardy response; I've been on the road. For most schools, a high GMAT score like yours largely offsets a mediocre GPA, especially when there were specific reasons for the GPA. For extremely competitive schools like LBS or INSEAD, your GPA could be a factor that holds you back relative to other applicants without such blemishes. Still, you have a strong international profile and solid/strong professional leadership, so you could apply to LBS and/or INSEAD as long-shot schools. You should be competitive for the other schools you mentioned, though it would be a good idea to have some "safety" schools as well.

Yes, you should also use the optional essay in your applications to European schools to address the factors behind your grades. It's not necessary to have the extracurricular advisor write a note. It would be enough to mention his name and contact info in your optional essay so the schools know that you are being sincere.

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New post 07 Aug 2008, 22:50
No problem, Paul, and thanks very much for your insight! Any suggestions on "safety" schools that I should consider for Europe? I have been looking at HSG (St. Gallen) and AGSM/MBS in Australia as well.

Thanks again for your assistance!
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teutonic9,

I think you'd have no trouble getting into HSG (St. Gallen) and AGSM/MBS. As for other schools, as a rule of thumb you could consider your safeties to be any program whose average GMAT score is 650-660 or below. Does that help?

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Thanks Paul, that definitely helps! Will keep the schools discussed and their "group" rankings in mind as I plan out my applications...
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You're welcome and good luck.
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New post 17 Jan 2009, 03:08
Hello again (this is teutonic9)! I wanted to post an update on my schools, with a happy ending -- I've been accepted at LBS and Oxford, and waitlisted at INSEAD. So in the end, I've decided to accept LBS.

Thanks again for your advice and input!
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Congratulations! That's great news. Enjoy ...

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