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New post 10 Dec 2008, 20:30
Hi, I had a question.

First, I have a brother who is currently a COO of a small investment management firm. Prior to that he worked at another wealth management firm for 2 years and worked at an energy firm for 3 years before that. (So 5 years total of WE).

He's convinced he can't get into business school because of his GPA (2.4 from VCU) and I'm trying to tell him he needs to give it a shot. He's not the best test taker in the world, but as a black male what would his propsects be if he were to score in the 600s? I know thats broad, but realistically I'm not sure if he can score close to 700...but I'm sure he can score somewhere in the 600s.

In terms of extracurriculars, I don't think he had any but thats because he had to work full-time to pay his way through school.

I'm trying to get him to apply to Tuck as I go to Dartmouth and know the admissions people very well (I'm doing Tuck Bridge and I go to them often for advice on career plans). I'm not sure if thats doable, but I would think that would be his best shot at a top school.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated...he seems to be someone I think would benefit from consulting services.
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New post 13 Dec 2008, 18:51

Interesting question, thanks. The GPA is not good, but the fact that he had to work full time in college could be leveraged as a good explanation for the GPA. Given that he's an underrepresented minority, a GMAT in the 600s will put him in the running at many top schools (assuming everything else looks good), but the higher he can get in the 600s, the better. That is, I'd feel a lot better about him applying to schools like Tuck with a 660 GMAT than with a 610. Given your connections at the school, I certainly wouldn't discourage him from applying to Tuck -- you could help him there for sure. There are a number of other schools in the top 10-15 where he'd have decent shot. The fact that's he's a COO means his leadership profile will be strong, so he can aim relatively high.

I'd be glad to speak with you or your brother outside of this forum if that would help. You can reach me at


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Re: Profile Review/Advice   [#permalink] 13 Dec 2008, 18:51
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