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Profile Evaluation: HBS 2+2, Yale Silver Scholar after GMAT 680

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Hello people. I took my GMAT today and it was horrible. I was hoping for a 720 according to my prep tests but scored only a horrific 680 (q49, v34, IR8). I am college senior and all the deferred deadlines are VERY near. Should I take GMAT again for the schools whose deadlines are more than 16 days away? I can (CAN, not WILL) reach up to around 720. I need experts' suggestion on whether I should even apply to these deferred programs (is my profile competitive enough). I am looking to apply to:
1) HBS 2+2 (12 days left before the deadline)
2) Stanford deferred MBA program (6 days left)
3) Yale Silver Scholar (20 days left)
4) Darden Future Years (31 days left).

Here's my profile:

Indian Male - College Senior
Major: Humanities (User Experience Design; B.Des)
GPA: 8.68/10 - semester wise: (6.61, 6.49, 9.88, 9.83, 9.34, 9.39, 10.00, last 8th semester is ongoing)
Class Rank - 3 out of 43 students
College: IIT Guwahati (Top 15 colleges in India)
GMAT: 680 (q49, v34, IR8) :cry:

Internships:
1) Microsoft (received a full-time offer during my internship and was the only UX intern that summer to get it)
2) Robert Bosch
3) One small startup and a college lab internship (not that imp IMO)

Recommendations: My professor and my internship manager at Microsoft (not some great, high profile people but both can say about my leadership potential.)

Essays: I have pretty strong reasons for an MBA and have a compelling story where I relate design thinking and business and how can I make an impact. Not generic IMO.

Extra Curriculars:
1) Co-founder of a startup (early stage)
2) Internship Secretary for one year
3) 1 accepted paper and 2 under review
4) 2 patents (pending) (one of them is for an innovative cube puzzle game design I designed for children with learning disabilities)

Achievements: (Major ones)
1) Global Finalist (Top 6) - Student UX World Championship 2017
2) First Prize National Winner (1/200+) - Honeywell Aerospace Design Challenge 2017
3) Institute Merit Scholarship 2016-17
4) Global Semifinalist (Top 24 out of 1344)- Valeo Innovation Challenge 2016
5) Global Finalist - 12th ‘Hardware Prize’ China Hardware Product Design Competition 2017
6) Global Finalist (Top 12): Princeton Pitch 2018 Edition (For the startup)

I'm very tight on deadlines, so any help and insight would be greatly appreciated. :fingers_crossed:
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It will be really tough for you with HBS and Stanford with that gmat score. There is just too much competition especially from India. I wouldn’t dissuade you from applying however. This is kind of your only chance fore these deferred admissions programs, so not much to lose outside of time. Now if you think there will be Time crunch completing those applications, while retaking the GMAT and preparing for Yale and Darden then it may make sense to pass on applying to HBS/Stanford as it will be an uphill battle for you. Good luck!!!


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Hi frostakhil,

Thanks for sharing your background! Given that you come from a tough and competitive demographic (Indian male), it will be tough to get into the top schools with a GMAT score of 680. That being said, however, you have some good internships and solid extracurricular activities. I would suggest retaking the GMAT for the schools with the later deadlines. For HBS and Stanford, you can give it a shot, but it will likely be difficult (note that if you don't get in, it won't hurt your chances if you reapply again in the next few years). In general, though, I always think it's best to apply when you can put your best foot forward.

I hope that helps!

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