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New post 10 Jun 2019, 11:44

Looking to get a profile evaluation for applications in the 2019-2020 cycle:
  • 30 year-old female, Southeast Asian.
  • Spent early childhood in a poor Southeast Asian country (Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.), but now am a US citizen.
  • GMAT 730 - I haven't taken it yet, but my practice tests are all in that range
  • 3.3 GPA - Finance/accounting major from well known state school that has a top accounting program (think UIUC, UT Austin, UW-Madison, etc.). Master's degree from the same place
  • 9 years of work experience in various roles ranging from 1-3 years each, first in the the midwest and and most recently in Silicon Valley where I live now
  • Most recently moved to the Bay Area where I worked as the lead / sole accountant at a startup. Built a lot of processes from scratch that didn't exist before I was there

My target schools are below. What do you think are realistic expectations? Do you think my work experience and college GPA will hold me back?
  • HBS
  • Stanford
  • Sloan
  • Chicago
  • Kellogg
  • Haas
  • UCLA
  • USC

Thank you!!
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New post 18 Jun 2019, 22:33
Thank you for your post, and apologies for the delayed reply as I was off getting married!

Assuming you’re interested in full-time programs, then I think the bigger hindrance for you (than GPA) is going to be amount of work experience. 10 years of experience at enrollment is going to be twice the average for most of these programs, over twice the average for HBS and Stanford, and three years above the 90th percentile for many of these classes (whose published middle 80% ranges are often 3 to 7 years of experience at enrollment).

You can make a play with respect to why MBA and why now, and try to go super deep and explain the heck out of it, and you do have a unique background. But the obstacle is definitely there. If you spoke to Haas, for example, they might point you more toward their EWMBA program as a better fit. Nevertheless, if you are drawn to “go for it” for full-time programs, I’d be happy to brainstorm potential school strategies, combinations, and potential angles of attack.

When do you take the GMAT? Please feel free to email me at if you’d like to chat!

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Greg Guglielmo
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