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Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V41
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GMAT: 710 (47Q, 41V, 6AWA)

GPA: 3.03 in Finance from top 10 undergraduate business program (while working at career center and doing marketing research)

WE: 4 years (5 at matriculation): 1 year in consumer-IT program (exposure to project mgmt and internal marketing/comms IT); 3 years as a business analyst in technology at top BB bank and promoted in less than 2. Heavily involved in undergraduate recruiting in both positions. Both at "prestigious" firms.

ECs: Undergrad - 2 years volunteer in tutoring/mentoring program aimed at mitigating exposure to violence by providing an alternative after-school haven. Undergrad business club-- led initiative to promote recycling by educating and instilling best practices/forming habits in youth.
Post-grad - involved in firm's 'green' initiative to promote best environmental practices in the office and community. Leadership position at firm's business resource group for women.

Demographic: Asian Female, probably 27 at matriculation

Ideally would like to get into strategy/consulting, with an emphasis on leveraging technology in the consumer/retail sector to drive business. I have exposure/experience in IT/marketing/finance/project management and want to get an MBA to bridge these areas to position me into strategy.

What schools do I have a chance at? Any thoughts/tips/criticisms would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Hi there,

Thanks for posting. I enjoyed reading your profile, both in terms of content and structure, congrats on getting your points across effectively-- will likely serve you well in applications/essays as well. Overall you have a strong profile and appear to be able to articulate it well so that helps.

Schools are always looking for well-qualified female applicants, as well as international diversity, so that will help ensure your application is noticed as you do have a strong profile in terms of: strong/solid GMAT, breadth of experience, reputable firms, quantitative and analytical skills evident, extracurricular involvements and passion demonstrated, good initial explanation of the WHY you want this MBA.

The only real weakness so far is your GPA, since many top programs average 3.4 or sometimes more. Your strong GMAT does help mitigate that weakness to a certain degree, and generally it just means the rest of your application should be outstanding.

If you nail those essays-- really show a) what key experiences you've had that you'll bring to b-school, b) what makes you unique/interesting/what you'll contribute generally, c) why you need the MBA and what you'll do with it, and d) why that school is perfect for you... you could have a shot at top-10 schools.

For more on choosing the schools you should apply to, see our free download here: ... ram-E-Book. Most programs are generally strong in strategy but you can do some searches for rankings within that area as well.

Keep us posted on questions and good luck on your decisions! If you decide you'd like to speak with one of our consultants to ask some more questions, we do offer a free 30 minute consult,, if interested. And/or continue to post here. Take care!

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