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Profile Evaluation - Low GPA + High GMAT (African male)

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Hi team,

I'm a 28 y/o African male and would like to get a sense of what my chances look like at some of the top MBA in the US and Europe.

Nationality: South African
Education:
- UG in Economics and Stats (~2.8 GPA - worked to support myself through my studies and continued active participation in community organisations)
- PG Diploma in Info Systems (~3.5 GPA)
GMAT: 730 (Expected)
Work Experience:
- Analyst/Jr. Associate at developmental VC firm (2 years)
- Operations Associate at large asset manager - $40bn AUM (1 year)
- Operations Specialist/ Manager at a top global tech company working across Africa (3.5 years at matriculation)
Extracurricular:
- Leadership roles in leading economic empowerment organisation
- Entrepreneurship coach + mentor to students at education foundation
- Board member of diversity committee at work
Post-MBA goal: Consulting/ Product Management/ Venture Capital in Africa

Target Schools:
Harvard
Stanford
Wharton
Kellogg
MIT
INSEAD
Oxford
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New post 20 Mar 2019, 20:34
Hi and thank you for your post.
Admissions committees will look holistically at your application, analyzing your stats (GPA and GMAT), work experience, and extracurriculars.

A GMAT score of 730 would be great, putting yourself right at the average of the most competitive schools on your list. If you haven’t already, I suggest taking it up to 3-4 times. You have nothing to lose since schools will only look at your highest score. Your GPA is below average, which is generally around 3.5. Though the fact that you were working to support yourself will be taken into consideration. That being said, in addition to your GMAT score, you may still want to illustrate to the schools that you have the academic ability to succeed in the classroom. You could showcase your quant ability in your resume, your recommenders could do the same in their recommendations, or you could even take a supplemental course such as stats or calculus.

It is hard to gauge your work experience without knowing your accomplishments and impact you have made there. It will be important to explain why you want your MBA, and to also illustrate the skills you already have which are transferable. Be sure your story makes sense, and that your goals are realistic and specific. You’ll have to choose just one of the goals you mentioned.

Regarding extracurriculars, make sure to really emphasize your leadership roles you have taken on. Fortunately it sounds like you have really made a difference in some of these activities.

If you continue to strengthen your profile, you do have a chance at some of these schools, but they are extremely competitive, and each school simply does not have the room to admit all the world's qualified applicants. For that reason, I suggest apply to several schools, including reach, target and safety. Hopefully they will see that you have a compelling story and are someone who will add value to the classroom and community.
If you would like to discuss your story or anything else in greater detail, please sign up for a free consultation. It is never too early to get started.
Good luck!
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