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Wharton MBA waitlisted - how to improve profile for reapplication

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New post 27 Jun 2018, 23:06
Hi,

I'm looking for advice on how to go about strengthening my profile for the coming MBA application cycle.

For context, I applied to Wharton this year, was waitlisted after R2, and ultimately rejected.

Couple key datapoints that could be helpful background:
- Gmat: 720
- Undergrad GPA: 3.5 in mechanical engineering
- Current job: Consultant at Bain in Philly for 2.5 years; promoted at 2 year mark
- Goal post-MBA: transition from consulting into automotive sector focused VC
- Extracurricular: pro bono consulting for mobility start-up in China for 2 weeks
- Additional: dance enthusiast

Thank you!
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New post 28 Jun 2018, 02:44
Hello G842

It is the same data points that got you till the wait list stage. Unless these stats have changed since application, this info will not help.
What will, however, help is your actual application as that is where the details are concealed.
Having a look at your essays/LOR/CV etc could help gauge what went wrong.
Looking at stats one can suggest only one thing- to improve the GMAT score (since you pretty much cannot change anything else in that).
Next would be to get more achievements at work in the next one year and have career goals that suit the school better. But these are generic statements and your actual weakness may be evident in the application, so that is the first place to start.
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G842 wrote:
Hi,

I'm looking for advice on how to go about strengthening my profile for the coming MBA application cycle.

For context, I applied to Wharton this year, was waitlisted after R2, and ultimately rejected.

Couple key datapoints that could be helpful background:
- Gmat: 720
- Undergrad GPA: 3.5 in mechanical engineering
- Current job: Consultant at Bain in Philly for 2.5 years; promoted at 2 year mark
- Goal post-MBA: transition from consulting into automotive sector focused VC
- Extracurricular: pro bono consulting for mobility start-up in China for 2 weeks
- Additional: dance enthusiast

Thank you!

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New post 28 Jun 2018, 03:12
G842 wrote:
Hi,

I'm looking for advice on how to go about strengthening my profile for the coming MBA application cycle.

For context, I applied to Wharton this year, was waitlisted after R2, and ultimately rejected.

Couple key datapoints that could be helpful background:
- Gmat: 720
- Undergrad GPA: 3.5 in mechanical engineering
- Current job: Consultant at Bain in Philly for 2.5 years; promoted at 2 year mark
- Goal post-MBA: transition from consulting into automotive sector focused VC
- Extracurricular: pro bono consulting for mobility start-up in China for 2 weeks
- Additional: dance enthusiast

Thank you!
Not sure of your ethnicity but if overrepresented could use 10 or 20 pts more on the GMAT. But my bigger suspicion is that your recs were a mess and/or the application was not done well.

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G842 wrote:
Hi,

I'm looking for advice on how to go about strengthening my profile for the coming MBA application cycle.

For context, I applied to Wharton this year, was waitlisted after R2, and ultimately rejected.

Couple key datapoints that could be helpful background:
- Gmat: 720
- Undergrad GPA: 3.5 in mechanical engineering
- Current job: Consultant at Bain in Philly for 2.5 years; promoted at 2 year mark
- Goal post-MBA: transition from consulting into automotive sector focused VC
- Extracurricular: pro bono consulting for mobility start-up in China for 2 weeks
- Additional: dance enthusiast

Thank you!


Hello G842,

Thanks for your query.

While we do not have access to your essays, as well as other details pertaining to your previous application, there are two things that we would recommend.

- Lifting your GMAT score by at least 20-30 points. This will help differentiate you from others (with a similar background) in the applicant pool.
- Keep performing at work; a greater number of achievements will enable you to add more talking points in your essays and showcase how you have grown at work and as a person since your last application.

Hope this helps!

Good luck!
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G842 wrote:
Hi,

I'm looking for advice on how to go about strengthening my profile for the coming MBA application cycle.

For context, I applied to Wharton this year, was waitlisted after R2, and ultimately rejected.

Couple key datapoints that could be helpful background:
- Gmat: 720
- Undergrad GPA: 3.5 in mechanical engineering
- Current job: Consultant at Bain in Philly for 2.5 years; promoted at 2 year mark
- Goal post-MBA: transition from consulting into automotive sector focused VC
- Extracurricular: pro bono consulting for mobility start-up in China for 2 weeks
- Additional: dance enthusiast

Thank you!


Being an MBB consultant has helped for sure. However, I felt your focus on "automotive sector focused VC" is too narrow. Wharton's latest employment report shows only 1.7% students join VC. Narrowing it down to automotive-focused is being too specific in my opinion.
Consider either getting back into consulting after MBA, with the goal of becoming a venture partner at a VC fund a few years down the lane. Or get into banking to get structuring experience, with the idea of joining the investment team of a fund a few years down the lane. With your current experience,its gonna be difficult getting into automotive-focused VC, even if there were a few funds in that space.

Also as a reapplicant or first-time applicant to similar programs, bump up the GMAT score to make it more wow!
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New post 09 Jul 2018, 06:50
Hi G842,

Thank you for your post. The 720 GMAT and 3.5 GPA are both a little behind the curve for Wharton, but they can be good enough to get you in, especially with your Bain experience. (Granted every extra bit does help on the GMAT side, especially when you're right on the cusp.)

I can't say for sure without seeing your essays and applications, but like others have noted, I am curious about your execution. That career goal is very niche, which can be fine, but only when the path there is extremely well articulated and credible. Were you returning to Bain for two years then going to try to transition into automotive VC? Why automotive VC? What about your medium- and long-term goals? What's the passion and purpose behind those?

I'd also be curious about how much of a "school specific" case you made. How well did you get to know Wharton, its people, and its culture? Did you attend events, visit, and chat with current students and alumni? How specific were you in your applications with respect to courses, clubs, extracurriculars, community, culture, and the unique contributions you'd make? And I am curious about your recommendations. How does your performance stack up at Bain? Were you sponsored? Also, a two-week pro bono gig is nice, but is that all you showed in the way of extracurriculars? What do you have in the way of "extras" -- within work and outside of work -- that separate you from the pack? What's your personal story? What makes you unique?

You might check out this blog post about the "Most Overlooked Elements of the MBA Application Process," which touches on some of the points I've made above and details some of the common missteps I see when I do ding reviews and profiles reviews (especially for candidates with strong profiles who can't figure out why exactly they came up short). If you feel like you have another 20+ points in you on the GMAT, that would certainly help, but overall I suspect it might have come down to some combination of the factors above. Happy to chat more about it if helpful: https://www.avantiprep.com/free-consultation.html

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