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I will be applying in round 1 next year so I am looking for anything I can do to improve my chances and figure out what schools I should begin to try and target.
Background
• Work experience: 5 years at the time of matriculation with 2 promotions. First 2.5 were spent in a leadership development rotation program with a large insurance company, during those years I was promoted to supervisor and supervised in a couple of departments with success while still doing a lot of internal projects for my company and presenting my findings and solutions (essentially internal consulting). Last 2.5 years was spent managing roughly 100-150 people.
• Extra curriculars: The last few years I spend a couple of hours every weekend at a home for children who could not be with their families for several reasons but I like to mentor and do whatever I can to help around in my free time. Also do a lot of investments with personal savings and have had a lot of success and am involved with a couple of my works sports leagues if those are things schools could care abou?
• Undergrad school/major: Large Public SEC school (UGA, UF, TA&M) and majored in Information Systems (was in the business school if that matters at all)
• Other education/coursework: Just certifications at work nothing worth noting
• Race/nationality: White
• Sex: Male
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• GMAT Score (include breakdown!): 750 (50Q 42V) should I take this again?
• Undergrad GPA: 3.8
MBA Info
• Goal of MBA: To transition into either consulting or IB I haven’t decided yet because both interest me but I know for applications I will pick one and go with it so I don’t appear indecisive
• Target schools: This is where I am not sure, I have above average scores and grades but I do not come from a consulting firm or investment bank so I am not sure how my work experience will be viewed by AdComs but I am hoping that my leadership experience will help me. How many safeties, targets and reaches is suggested? What schools are in my range from M7 to T10 to T15 that is what I am struggling with the most.
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Hi MBAHopeful20,

Congrats on scoring GMAT 750, This falls above the median range of the top tier schools that you can be targeting.
You have got good and diverse work experience. It is important to not just reiterate the job profile that you have. It is imperative to showcase the achievements and the awesome things that you have done, the initiatives you have taken, the awards you have received etc.
You have a GPA that is a bit below the average class statistics. An optional essay can be a good place to address this and tell some reasons that affected your performance.
Extra curriculum section tells the ADCOM about your overall personality and helps them relate to a person instead of a resume. Make sure that you bring out your hobbies, voluntary work and achievements outside work in this area.

It would be helpful if you can tell us more about your extracurricular activities so that we can advise you on improvisation needed to be done in your profile.

Based on our initial analysis, we have the following school recommendations for you:
1. Kellogg School of Management
2. Duke University-Fuqua School of Business
3. University of Chicago Booth School of Business
4. MIT Sloan School of Management

Finally, we could help you in a better way if you can answer the following questions.
1. Are you targeting 1 year or 2-year programs?
2. Do you have any specific geography in mind?

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MBAHopeful20 wrote:
I will be applying in round 1 next year so I am looking for anything I can do to improve my chances and figure out what schools I should begin to try and target.
Background
• Work experience: 5 years at the time of matriculation with 2 promotions. First 2.5 were spent in a leadership development rotation program with a large insurance company, during those years I was promoted to supervisor and supervised in a couple of departments with success while still doing a lot of internal projects for my company and presenting my findings and solutions (essentially internal consulting). Last 2.5 years was spent managing roughly 100-150 people.
• Extra curriculars: The last few years I spend a couple of hours every weekend at a home for children who could not be with their families for several reasons but I like to mentor and do whatever I can to help around in my free time. Also do a lot of investments with personal savings and have had a lot of success and am involved with a couple of my works sports leagues if those are things schools could care abou?
• Undergrad school/major: Large Public SEC school (UGA, UF, TA&M) and majored in Information Systems (was in the business school if that matters at all)
• Other education/coursework: Just certifications at work nothing worth noting
• Race/nationality: White
• Sex: Male
Stats
• GMAT Score (include breakdown!): 750 (50Q 42V) should I take this again?
• Undergrad GPA: 3.8
MBA Info
• Goal of MBA: To transition into either consulting or IB I haven’t decided yet because both interest me but I know for applications I will pick one and go with it so I don’t appear indecisive
• Target schools: This is where I am not sure, I have above average scores and grades but I do not come from a consulting firm or investment bank so I am not sure how my work experience will be viewed by AdComs but I am hoping that my leadership experience will help me. How many safeties, targets and reaches is suggested? What schools are in my range from M7 to T10 to T15 that is what I am struggling with the most.



Hello MBAHopeful20

You most certainly do not need to retake GMAT .

Average of accepted students at best business schools is around 730.

750 is awesome :clap:


Your both working experience and extra curricular activities are commendable.

GPA is good.

All schools are in your range.

Target ones you really like.


Your application list should be diversified as :

2 dream schools
5 fits
2 safeties


Good Luck :geek: :cool:
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MBAHopeful20 wrote:
I will be applying in round 1 next year so I am looking for anything I can do to improve my chances and figure out what schools I should begin to try and target.
Background
• Work experience: 5 years at the time of matriculation with 2 promotions. First 2.5 were spent in a leadership development rotation program with a large insurance company, during those years I was promoted to supervisor and supervised in a couple of departments with success while still doing a lot of internal projects for my company and presenting my findings and solutions (essentially internal consulting). Last 2.5 years was spent managing roughly 100-150 people.
• Extra curriculars: The last few years I spend a couple of hours every weekend at a home for children who could not be with their families for several reasons but I like to mentor and do whatever I can to help around in my free time. Also do a lot of investments with personal savings and have had a lot of success and am involved with a couple of my works sports leagues if those are things schools could care abou?
• Undergrad school/major: Large Public SEC school (UGA, UF, TA&M) and majored in Information Systems (was in the business school if that matters at all)
• Other education/coursework: Just certifications at work nothing worth noting
• Race/nationality: White
• Sex: Male
Stats
• GMAT Score (include breakdown!): 750 (50Q 42V) should I take this again?
• Undergrad GPA: 3.8
MBA Info
• Goal of MBA: To transition into either consulting or IB I haven’t decided yet because both interest me but I know for applications I will pick one and go with it so I don’t appear indecisive
• Target schools: This is where I am not sure, I have above average scores and grades but I do not come from a consulting firm or investment bank so I am not sure how my work experience will be viewed by AdComs but I am hoping that my leadership experience will help me. How many safeties, targets and reaches is suggested? What schools are in my range from M7 to T10 to T15 that is what I am struggling with the most.



Hi MBAHopeful!


You've got a very solid profile thus far. I would say the most important thing right now is for you to begin thinking about how to articulate what you've done at your firm into what you hope to accomplish and school and post-MBA. Your GMAT is extremely good and does not need to be re-taken. Essays, story, and recommendations will be the driving force behind your candidacy.

Your work experience makes more sense for consulting, but it would be very possible to transition to IB once you are admitted to a school. Extra cirricular are a bit light, but not terrible. Your commitment over a period of time will be seen as a good thing, and a passion for investing and finance can be used as a reason for wanting to transition to IB. None of this is exact, but its always good to think about ways to use past experiences to justify future expectations!

Without knowing more about you and having a longer discussion, it's difficult to pinpoint exact schools to apply to and chances at those schools. Let's take out HSW for a second - I would focus on schools in the M7 with strong IB and consulting placement (CBS, Booth, Kellogg, Yale) and schools ranked 10-20 that also do well (Fuqua, Ross, Stern). It also depends where in the U.S. you hope to work post-grad. In general, I would focus on 2 reach, 2 target, and one safety for R1. You can always push safety to R2 in order to focus on better ranked schools in R1.

Hope this helps and please let us know if you have any more questions!

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