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New post 17 Mar 2009, 23:17
I was hoping you could take a look at my profile although I'm not planning to apply until '10 or '11 (most likely '11). I just recently began considering business school and want to have a clear grasp of my positioning. I appreciate any insight.


Age - 23 (will be 24/25 when applying)
Gender - Female
Ethnicity: South Asian
Nationality: American

Parents did not attend college or graduate high school. I am the first in my family (and so far the only one...hopefully this won't last too long) to graduate from college (3 other siblings total, I'm the third child). Worked my way through school and took out loans in my name to pay for the rest.

Undergrad: top 15
GPA: 3.3
Studied abroad in West Africa

WE: 1 year of service in AmeriCorps doing policy research (coincidentally, a lot of the research ended up being on the housing and foreclosure crisis) and fundraising/revenue for a very small nonprofit.
Currently working at a very large and successful multi-national NGO doing fundraising/donor development. Hope to either have a promotion within this year or move into their microfinance department. Also currently working on marketing for a very very new start-up & developing strategy for an "idea" for a new nonprofit venture.

My weakness is obviously my GPA which I think can be attributed most to working while I was in school and the culture shock of going from my family to a private school full of wealthy individuals. I have yet to take my GMATs - I'm assuming that will strongly affect my prospects. My main question is what kind of GMAT score do I have to get to get into the different tiers of B-schools? Also, I'm mostly interested in pursuing business as it relates to nonprofits or social entrepreneurship.

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New post 19 Mar 2009, 10:34
Your GPA isn't great, but it's not bad enough to be of grave concern. Don't worry about it -- it's not bad enough to over explain it (or you will come across as defensive).

You have a profile that a lot of b-schools will covet IF two things happen:

(1) Your GMAT score is competitive -- minimum high 600s (say 680+), ideally above 700

(2) Your application is well executed -- given your NGO background and your desire to stay in nonprofit/social entrepreneurship, you will be expected to compellingly show why an MBA is the ideal degree program for your career path.

Do those two things, and I would say any of the top schools (including HBS, Stanford and Wharton) are in range.

Alex Chu

Re: Profile Review Request &nbs [#permalink] 19 Mar 2009, 10:34
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