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Jpenaavila wrote:
Hi!

I would like to have a sense of the trade-off between age and GMAT score. As well as an evaluation of my chances to get into Stanford.

The question is simple: Apply with a 680 GMAT this year (Intake 2020:R2) or apply with an estimated 710 GMAT but one year older (intake 2021:R1)?

Average GMAT for Stanford is super high, as we all know, so getting closer definitely matters, but also I turn 29 on 2020 so I fear about age discrimination. My first exam without any studying was 640 and I've gone up only 40 points so I know I can get higher with time and effort. The rest of my application would remain "the same" I would have an extra year of managerial experience though as I've recently been promoted.

Background
Demographics
Latin (Salvadoran) Male, 28
Studies
Majored in Economics from country's top business school
Magna Cum Laude
Partial Scholarship from a national program based on academic performance
GPA: 8.8 (10 point based scale, top 5 out of 90)
1 year double degree program (exchange) with a German university (majored in International Business Management)
Current GMAT
680
Work experience
5 years: 3 in FMCG for a world known company, 2 in a telecom multinational
3 years in analytics, 2 in Product Management. A total of 5 different roles/titles. Currently a manager with a team of 2.
Recommendations
Directors in both companies I've worked for. I was a direct report. I expect an honest but very good recommendation.
Community
Teacher in an "english for work" program directed at high-school students in low income area (past 2 years).
Member of a known international youth organization seeking to help local communities (current).
Others
Started an mobile app design company in 2012 (while studying 2nd year). Sold my stake after a year, company stills exists today (small).
Economic debate national winner representing my university
2nd place in national entrepreneurship competition
Post MBA goals
Start a tech consumer or BPO firm based in latam

Any help appreciated!
Thank you very much.
[Posted in my top 3 schools' forum]


Hmmm. You could apply now and if not accepted, prepare again for the GMAT, raise your score, and apply next year. If you only want to apply once, I'd raise your GMAT and apply next year. If you're willing to risk rejection, try applying now. Your GMAT is low, as you know, but your other qualifications are impressive, and they don't get a lot of applicants from El Salvador. If you apply next year, either after rejection this year or just then, apply to additional programs; don't just apply to Stanford.

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Hi,

Please, if you can, evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program

Nationality: Indian
Age: 29
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in technology with specialisation in computer science engineering.
GMAT: not taken yet
Work experience: 6+ years
About me - An engineer turned entrepreneur, started a textiles manufacturing and trading business, while studying, with my father (as his prior experience and willingness to work in the same industry he's ever been). Completed my engineering side-by-side. Then left for job, but kept involved in business somehow of the location benefits as my manufacturing process used to take place in the same city I got a job in. Then moved back for business, leaving my job. Since then, been in business and have turned quite a lot of things around for us, and for the market in a good way.
key achievement -- Turned everything from credit to cash.
Took things online,
and added a customer-centric approach.
All these things and ideas were new for the market and my customers, but now productivity has increased for both.
I think entrepreneurship is a good idea for my MBA, but not sure if it’s a good idea in case I want to experience something different like a job maybe for some time. Also, I am so much involved into everything I do, I don't want myself to not make use of my 2 years at an MBA program, so I am a little cautious of schools where I may not find the right mindset of people whom I can be with.
Why MBA?
I have some ideas related to my field which I think can really help and change the way things are done. I want to incorporate tech into small scale manufacturing, and I don't mean just computers. I am looking for a school where I can get some tech exposure along with my MBA, as I may need to take 1-2 tech courses along with an MBA.

Extracurriculars: I am an active sports guy. I play tennis, have coaching experience of swimming (summers only :P) have formed 2 groups in my city -- running and cycling, started with 2 people now each group has around 500+ participants, 60% of them are moderately active, 80% are somewhat active.
I trek a lot and have taken most treks closer to my place, as I work 7 days so it's hard to take an off as treks need a lot of days, but I manage that somehow by minimizing risk.
I am a cyclist, too. you'll find me cycling in the hills, if not trekking.
I have taken part in brevet, 200 km one.
I am a part of the national cycling group and I represent my city for the group.
Also, I am a participant of a blood donation group, we provide blood to blood banks and the ones in need, in person, too. we don't charge for it, it's a free community service for anyone in need. we are presently handling 3 states and the group has around 5000 members, most of them are active. It's run by the people for the people, but then there are too many things to do.

References: From clients to these groups, I can ask anyone to recommend me, but I think it makes more sense if I ask my clients or business people.

shall I apply?
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New post 22 Nov 2019, 14:44
Shrey9 wrote:
Hi,

Please, if you can, evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program

Nationality: Indian
Age: 29
Undergraduate Qualification: Bachelor in technology with specialisation in computer science engineering.
GMAT: not taken yet
Work experience: 6+ years
About me - An engineer turned entrepreneur, started a textiles manufacturing and trading business, while studying, with my father (as his prior experience and willingness to work in the same industry he's ever been). Completed my engineering side-by-side. Then left for job, but kept involved in business somehow of the location benefits as my manufacturing process used to take place in the same city I got a job in. Then moved back for business, leaving my job. Since then, been in business and have turned quite a lot of things around for us, and for the market in a good way.
key achievement -- Turned everything from credit to cash.
Took things online,
and added a customer-centric approach.
All these things and ideas were new for the market and my customers, but now productivity has increased for both.
I think entrepreneurship is a good idea for my MBA, but not sure if it’s a good idea in case I want to experience something different like a job maybe for some time. Also, I am so much involved into everything I do, I don't want myself to not make use of my 2 years at an MBA program, so I am a little cautious of schools where I may not find the right mindset of people whom I can be with.
Why MBA?
I have some ideas related to my field which I think can really help and change the way things are done. I want to incorporate tech into small scale manufacturing, and I don't mean just computers. I am looking for a school where I can get some tech exposure along with my MBA, as I may need to take 1-2 tech courses along with an MBA.

Extracurriculars: I am an active sports guy. I play tennis, have coaching experience of swimming (summers only :P) have formed 2 groups in my city -- running and cycling, started with 2 people now each group has around 500+ participants, 60% of them are moderately active, 80% are somewhat active.
I trek a lot and have taken most treks closer to my place, as I work 7 days so it's hard to take an off as treks need a lot of days, but I manage that somehow by minimizing risk.
I am a cyclist, too. you'll find me cycling in the hills, if not trekking.
I have taken part in brevet, 200 km one.
I am a part of the national cycling group and I represent my city for the group.
Also, I am a participant of a blood donation group, we provide blood to blood banks and the ones in need, in person, too. we don't charge for it, it's a free community service for anyone in need. we are presently handling 3 states and the group has around 5000 members, most of them are active. It's run by the people for the people, but then there are too many things to do.

References: From clients to these groups, I can ask anyone to recommend me, but I think it makes more sense if I ask my clients or business people.

shall I apply?


I replied to you on the HBS thread and my response would be the same, only that Stanford wants to know what you're going to do with the education it provides. You need to clarify if not here then in your application, what you are your goals for the MBA. Also, as I wrote there, I can't assess competitiveness without more specific information.
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Hi Jpenaavila,

I would advise you to wait until next year to apply to Stanford (and other MBA programs) for a couple different reasons. First, it sounds like you're quite confident that you can raise your GMAT substantially, and the closer you can get to Stanford's class average of 734, the better. Second, when given a choice, it's generally better to apply in R1 than R2, as it gives you a cushion to apply to other programs in R2 during the same cycle if you don't get into your top choice in R1. At this point (late November), we're getting a little too close to this cycle's R2 deadlines for comfort, so I would advise you to slow down, focus on retaking the GMAT, and gathering all your forces for a strong R1 attempt in fall 2020. While it's true that you could apply this year and simply re-apply next year if you don't get in now, you'll have some explaining to do as a re-applicant, which I generally advise avoiding if possible.

In cases like yours where your GMAT might be below the class average, the essays become even more important, as they allow you to present a full picture of yourself that the numbers alone won't tell. That's the other advantage of waiting until next year to apply -- you'll have more time to fully develop your essay responses and put your absolute best foot forward!

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Jpenaavila wrote:
Hi!

I would like to have a sense of the trade-off between age and GMAT score. As well as an evaluation of my chances to get into Stanford.

The question is simple: Apply with a 680 GMAT this year (Intake 2020:R2) or apply with an estimated 710 GMAT but one year older (intake 2021:R1)?

Average GMAT for Stanford is super high, as we all know, so getting closer definitely matters, but also I turn 29 on 2020 so I fear about age discrimination. My first exam without any studying was 640 and I've gone up only 40 points so I know I can get higher with time and effort. The rest of my application would remain "the same" I would have an extra year of managerial experience though as I've recently been promoted.

Background
Demographics
Latin (Salvadoran) Male, 28
Studies
Majored in Economics from country's top business school
Magna Cum Laude
Partial Scholarship from a national program based on academic performance
GPA: 8.8 (10 point based scale, top 5 out of 90)
1 year double degree program (exchange) with a German university (majored in International Business Management)
Current GMAT
680
Work experience
5 years: 3 in FMCG for a world known company, 2 in a telecom multinational
3 years in analytics, 2 in Product Management. A total of 5 different roles/titles. Currently a manager with a team of 2.
Recommendations
Directors in both companies I've worked for. I was a direct report. I expect an honest but very good recommendation.
Community
Teacher in an "english for work" program directed at high-school students in low income area (past 2 years).
Member of a known international youth organization seeking to help local communities (current).
Others
Started an mobile app design company in 2012 (while studying 2nd year). Sold my stake after a year, company stills exists today (small).
Economic debate national winner representing my university
2nd place in national entrepreneurship competition
Post MBA goals
Start a tech consumer or BPO firm based in latam

Any help appreciated!
Thank you very much.
[Posted in my top 3 schools' forum]


Hmmm. You could apply now and if not accepted, prepare again for the GMAT, raise your score, and apply next year. If you only want to apply once, I'd raise your GMAT and apply next year. If you're willing to risk rejection, try applying now. Your GMAT is low, as you know, but your other qualifications are impressive, and they don't get a lot of applicants from El Salvador. If you apply next year, iether after rejection this year or just then, apply to additional programs; don't just apply to Stanford.

Linda


I thank you very much for your assessment and recommendations. I will definitely take them into account.

I think I'll concentrate on my GMAT for this year in order to maximize my chances. Also, I'll be applying to 5 out of the top 10 schools next year, using character-program fit to decide to which.
Thank you again.
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Hi,

I am originally from India (33YO), when I was 18 I moved to the UK to pursue my Bachelors. I graduated with First Class Honours from a Mid-ranked university there. While, I was there, I also won a couple of major business plan competitors, that were covered by the media.

After graduation, 1 Worked for 1 year for a Fortune 100 company in the UK then moved to China to start my start-up. 8 Years later, my start is now a medium sized mature company (8 Figure Revs in 2018 + 15 Employees) but I am looking to change career paths and start a new venture in the tech-space after taking some time-off as well. I am in the process of exiting my current venture.

This is why I am looking to pursue an MBA, and especially keen on Stanford (and UC Berkeley as my 2nd option) as I am looking to be based in the Valley. I have just started the process literally 3 days ago and I understand, I am under tight deadlines if I have to hit the Jan application dates. I have not taken the GMAT Yet but am working on it.

In terms of the diversity factor, I wonder if entrepreneurship as a path reflects positive or not on my application, compared to working in a large well known organization?

1. I wonder if I would be a good fit for Stanford (or other top schools), if I was able to hit around 700 in GMAT in the limited time available?

2. Also, if I was to hit Jan deadlines for most of the top schools in the US, do I have sufficient time to complete the process?

Would appreciate any feedback.

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Hi,

I am originally from India (33YO), when I was 18 I moved to the UK to pursue my Bachelors. I graduated with First Class Honours from a Mid-ranked university there. While, I was there, I also won a couple of major business plan competitors, that were covered by the media.

After graduation, 1 Worked for 1 year for a Fortune 100 company in the UK then moved to China to start my start-up. 8 Years later, my start is now a medium sized mature company (8 Figure Revs in 2018 + 15 Employees) but I am looking to change career paths and start a new venture in the tech-space after taking some time-off as well. I am in the process of exiting my current venture.

This is why I am looking to pursue an MBA, and especially keen on Stanford (and UC Berkeley as my 2nd option) as I am looking to be based in the Valley. I have just started the process literally 3 days ago and I understand, I am under tight deadlines if I have to hit the Jan application dates. I have not taken the GMAT Yet but am working on it.

In terms of the diversity factor, I wonder if entrepreneurship as a path reflects positive or not on my application, compared to working in a large well known organization?

1. I wonder if I would be a good fit for Stanford (or other top schools), if I was able to hit around 700 in GMAT in the limited time available?

2. Also, if I was to hit Jan deadlines for most of the top schools in the US, do I have sufficient time to complete the process?

Would appreciate any feedback.

Thanks


I'm don't really view "entrepreneurship" as a diversity factor. However starting and growing a business as you have in China when you aren't from China is an achievement and distinctive. It shows initiative and impact. It is definitely something you will want to highlight in your application.

To answer your numbered questions:

1. A 700 is a low GMAT for Stanford. It would probably be more competitive as would your level of experience at the Stanford MSx program.
2. I'm not sure what you mean by the question. If you meet the January deadlines, you should be able, if accepted, to get a student visa in time to attend. Is that what you mean? Or are you asking do you have enough time to prepare for the GMAT and submit multiple applications by the January deadline? The answer to the latter question is it depends on how many apps you intend to submit, when you take the GMAT, and how much time you have available in the next six weeks to devote to MBA applications and GMAT prep.

You may be interested in:

Get Accepted to Stanford GSB, a webinar recording
The Stanford MSx Program for Experienced Leaders
UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Tips
From the Military to Haas MBA
Accepted MBA Admissions Consulting

Best,
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Originally posted by Accepted.com on 30 Nov 2019, 20:53.
Last edited by Accepted.com on 30 Nov 2019, 21:38, edited 2 times in total.
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TargetMBA007 wrote:
Hi,

I am originally from India (33YO), when I was 18 I moved to the UK to pursue my Bachelors. I graduated with First Class Honours from a Mid-ranked university there. While, I was there, I also won a couple of major business plan competitors, that were covered by the media.

After graduation, 1 Worked for 1 year for a Fortune 100 company in the UK then moved to China to start my start-up. 8 Years later, my start is now a medium sized mature company (8 Figure Revs in 2018 + 15 Employees) but I am looking to change career paths and start a new venture in the tech-space after taking some time-off as well. I am in the process of exiting my current venture.

This is why I am looking to pursue an MBA, and especially keen on Stanford (and UC Berkeley as my 2nd option) as I am looking to be based in the Valley. I have just started the process literally 3 days ago and I understand, I am under tight deadlines if I have to hit the Jan application dates. I have not taken the GMAT Yet but am working on it.

In terms of the diversity factor, I wonder if entrepreneurship as a path reflects positive or not on my application, compared to working in a large well known organization?

1. I wonder if I would be a good fit for Stanford (or other top schools), if I was able to hit around 700 in GMAT in the limited time available?

2. Also, if I was to hit Jan deadlines for most of the top schools in the US, do I have sufficient time to complete the process?

Would appreciate any feedback.

Thanks


I'm don't really view "entrepreneurship" as a diversity factor. However starting and growing a business as you have in China when you aren't from China is an achievement and distinctive. It shows initiative and impact. It is definitely something you will want to highlight in your application.

To answer your numbered questions:

1. A 700 is a low GMAT for Stanford. It would probably be more competitive as would your level of experience at the Stanford MSx program.
2. I'm not sure what you mean by the question. If you meet the January deadlines, you should be able, if accepted, to get a student visa in time to attend. Is that what you mean? Or are you asking do you have enough time to prepare for the GMAT and submit multiple applications by the January deadline? The answer to the latter question is it depends on how many apps you intend to submit, when you take the GMAT, and how much time you have available in the next six weeks to devote to MBA applications and GMAT prep.

You may be interested in:

[url=https://reports.accepted.com/mba/stanford_graduate_school_of_business_webinar
]Get Accepted to Stanford GSB,[/url] a webinar recording
The Stanford MSx Program for Experienced Leaders
[url]=https://blog.accepted.com/uc-berkeley-haas-mba-essay-tips-deadlines/]UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Tips[/url]
From the Military to Haas MBA
Accepted MBA Admissions Consulting

Best,
Linda


Thanks Linda,

With Question 2, I did indeed mean the latter. I am planning to apply to Stanford, MIT, Harvard and Berkeley. I am pretty much working on this full time between now and the end of first week of Jan. Currently, most of my time is being invested in GMAT Prep but gradually it will be divided between the application and the GMAT. Since, I made this post. I decided to apply to both the MBA and MSX programs, as I have come to realize that the MSX Program (and its equivalents) would be a better fit.

I will definitely check out those webinars.

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TargetMBA007 wrote:
Hi,

I am originally from India (33YO), when I was 18 I moved to the UK to pursue my Bachelors. I graduated with First Class Honours from a Mid-ranked university there. While, I was there, I also won a couple of major business plan competitors, that were covered by the media.

After graduation, 1 Worked for 1 year for a Fortune 100 company in the UK then moved to China to start my start-up. 8 Years later, my start is now a medium sized mature company (8 Figure Revs in 2018 + 15 Employees) but I am looking to change career paths and start a new venture in the tech-space after taking some time-off as well. I am in the process of exiting my current venture.

This is why I am looking to pursue an MBA, and especially keen on Stanford (and UC Berkeley as my 2nd option) as I am looking to be based in the Valley. I have just started the process literally 3 days ago and I understand, I am under tight deadlines if I have to hit the Jan application dates. I have not taken the GMAT Yet but am working on it.

In terms of the diversity factor, I wonder if entrepreneurship as a path reflects positive or not on my application, compared to working in a large well known organization?

1. I wonder if I would be a good fit for Stanford (or other top schools), if I was able to hit around 700 in GMAT in the limited time available?

2. Also, if I was to hit Jan deadlines for most of the top schools in the US, do I have sufficient time to complete the process?

Would appreciate any feedback.

Thanks


I'm don't really view "entrepreneurship" as a diversity factor. However starting and growing a business as you have in China when you aren't from China is an achievement and distinctive. It shows initiative and impact. It is definitely something you will want to highlight in your application.

To answer your numbered questions:

1. A 700 is a low GMAT for Stanford. It would probably be more competitive as would your level of experience at the Stanford MSx program.
2. I'm not sure what you mean by the question. If you meet the January deadlines, you should be able, if accepted, to get a student visa in time to attend. Is that what you mean? Or are you asking do you have enough time to prepare for the GMAT and submit multiple applications by the January deadline? The answer to the latter question is it depends on how many apps you intend to submit, when you take the GMAT, and how much time you have available in the next six weeks to devote to MBA applications and GMAT prep.

You may be interested in:

[url=https://reports.accepted.com/mba/stanford_graduate_school_of_business_webinar
]Get Accepted to Stanford GSB,[/url] a webinar recording
The Stanford MSx Program for Experienced Leaders
[url]=https://blog.accepted.com/uc-berkeley-haas-mba-essay-tips-deadlines/]UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Tips[/url]
From the Military to Haas MBA
Accepted MBA Admissions Consulting

Best,
Linda


Thanks Linda,

With Question 2, I did indeed mean the latter. I am planning to apply to Stanford, MIT, Harvard and Berkeley. I am pretty much working on this full time between now and the end of first week of Jan. Currently, most of my time is being invested in GMAT Prep but gradually it will be divided between the application and the GMAT. Since, I made this post. I decided to apply to both the MBA and MSX programs, as I have come to realize that the MSX Program (and its equivalents) would be a better fit.

I will definitely check out those webinars.

Cheers


If you GMAT prep goes well, this is feasible. For MSx equivalents, please look into MIT Sloan Fellows and LBS Sloan Fellows.

I also got your PM and will be in touch.

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Background and nationality: 30 year old American / caucasian

Undergrad Information: Top 50-ish undergrad civil engineering major (3.8 GPA)

Grad School: 1-yr Masters in Finance from one of the top schools (3.5 GPA)

GMAT: 720 (Q49 / V39 / IR 8)

Work experience and leadership: 5 years in finance experience (2.5 years in investment banking / 2.5 years in research). Was promoted and took on more responsibility as I got more experience but my roles didn't lead to a lot of leadership experience.

Community and others: Do not have a ton of community service or leadership experience. Honestly wasn't planning on going back to school but contemplating it now. It seems like finance backgrounds often struggle in these categories

Post MBA goals: Finance, have a specific, realistic type of job that I'm targeting but part of why I'd like to go back is the chance to sneak into either a better job or maybe find a more interesting role that I didn't even contemplate.

Anything else? I am applying to most of the M7 for round 2. I am retaking the GMAT. Improving on the quant side seems a bit like a crapshoot but was doing better on practice verbal tests. Hoping to get at least above the median scores for those top schools and perhaps in the 750 context. So my big question is how competitive is my current profile? And how important would it be to get at least 730? 750? I don't want to waste my time, my recommenders time and would ideally like to save the application cost if my profile just isn't competitive.

Appreciate any feedback.
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Background and nationality: 30 year old American / caucasian

Undergrad Information: Top 50-ish undergrad civil engineering major (3.8 GPA)

Grad School: 1-yr Masters in Finance from one of the top schools (3.5 GPA)

GMAT: 720 (Q49 / V39 / IR 8)

Work experience and leadership: 5 years in finance experience (2.5 years in investment banking / 2.5 years in research). Was promoted and took on more responsibility as I got more experience but my roles didn't lead to a lot of leadership experience.

Community and others: Do not have a ton of community service or leadership experience. Honestly wasn't planning on going back to school but contemplating it now. It seems like finance backgrounds often struggle in these categories

Post MBA goals: Finance, have a specific, realistic type of job that I'm targeting but part of why I'd like to go back is the chance to sneak into either a better job or maybe find a more interesting role that I didn't even contemplate.

Anything else? I am applying to most of the M7 for round 2. I am retaking the GMAT. Improving on the quant side seems a bit like a crapshoot but was doing better on practice verbal tests. Hoping to get at least above the median scores for those top schools and perhaps in the 750 context. So my big question is how competitive is my current profile? And how important would it be to get at least 730? 750? I don't want to waste my time, my recommenders time and would ideally like to save the application cost if my profile just isn't competitive.

Appreciate any feedback.


If you get in the 730-750 range you will not be wasting your or your recommenders' time by applying. The academic portion of your profile is definitely competitive at M7 schools, even with the 720 (but a higher score would help). However, That portion will get you to the door: it won't get you in. Given your finance background, I suspect that you could get a pass on weak community service IF the achievements and growth in responsibility on the professional side are impressive or above average for people in your field and your goal is something that the school can help you achieve.

In terms of Stanford specifically, I don't see a lot of initiative in what you wrote above and that's what Stanford wants IMO. In my mind Stanford is a stretch, but more info about you, could change my assessment.

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How to Present a Winning Wharton Application, a new podcast interview with Wharton's admissions director, Blair Mannix.

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During my 2 month B.Tech internship at University of Strasbourg - France, I published a research paper on HIV in International Journal of Virology. I have spent almost 3.5 years in a early stage start-up , where I was the first Data Analyst to be hired and went on to lead the Analytics team as Associate Director - Data Analytics. I was also working on Central Growth strategy and helping the CEOs office in raising a $50 Million Series D funding. I am currently working in a mid stage startup as a Sr Manager in Strategic Business Planning Team, scaling and commercialising the Commercial Interior Design vertical and refining the Annual Operating Plan for the entire organisation. I have also worked with an IT MnC in India for about a year as a Validation Consultant for the Regulatory Domain in the Medical Devices Vertical where I was helping the clients as well as internal teams to create products compliant with the FDA rules. I have done volunteering work with an NGO for 2 months, during which I trained the students from Primary Government School to participate in city level competitions where the children secured top positions. I have also taken a few online courses on Data Science and a executive course on Project Management from IIMB, one of the top B schools in India. I can get recommendations from the Founders/CXOs in the startups which I have worked. My short term MBA goal is to get into a startup and contribute in a larger capacity or join a corporate strategy team of a big organisation. Long term goal is to start a business on my own.
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GMAT - 730
Undergrad - B.Tech in Biotechnology (major) and Computer Science (Minor) (Undergrad) from IIT Guwahati (Top 10 in India)
GPA - 8.6/10 (Top 15% in my class)
Background - Indian - non IT Male
Total Work Ex - 5.5 years (~1 Year in IT consulting and ~4.5 years business, strategy and leadership in consumer tech startups)

Brief Summary

During my 2 month B.Tech internship at University of Strasbourg - France, I published a research paper on HIV in International Journal of Virology. I have spent almost 3.5 years in a early stage start-up , where I was the first Data Analyst to be hired and went on to lead the Analytics team as Associate Director - Data Analytics. I was also working on Central Growth strategy and helping the CEOs office in raising a $50 Million Series D funding. I am currently working in a mid stage startup as a Sr Manager in Strategic Business Planning Team, scaling and commercialising the Commercial Interior Design vertical and refining the Annual Operating Plan for the entire organisation. I have also worked with an IT MnC in India for about a year as a Validation Consultant for the Regulatory Domain in the Medical Devices Vertical where I was helping the clients as well as internal teams to create products compliant with the FDA rules. I have done volunteering work with an NGO for 2 months, during which I trained the students from Primary Government School to participate in city level competitions where the children secured top positions. I have also taken a few online courses on Data Science and a executive course on Project Management from IIMB, one of the top B schools in India. I can get recommendations from the Founders/CXOs in the startups which I have worked. My short term MBA goal is to get into a startup and contribute in a larger capacity or join a corporate strategy team of a big organisation. Long term goal is to start a business on my own.
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I'm going to apply anyways, but I'd like some feedback to manage expectations I guess.

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Hi All,


I'm going to apply anyways, but I'd like some feedback to manage expectations I guess.

Arab-American Male

Hons B.Acc (Accounting & Finance), small US liberal arts school, full scholarship
3.95/4
MSc Financial Economics, Oxford Said

Current GMAT
750
Work experience
5 years: derivatives trading, VP at Tier 1 bank in London, resigned to pursue startup

Community
Seeded a small impact fund in a developing country, 1 startup invested in and it is up and running now

Post MBA goals
I am in the process of launching an insuretech startup, so I'd like to continue working on this throughout and ultimately scale it. Stanford is very appealing because of the geography and the ability to grow the team from local talent


You should apply anyways. You have a competitive profile. You may be interested in:

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At the same time, given Stanford's extremely low acceptance rate also apply to other programs that support your goals. look into HBS, Haas, MIT Sloan, Wharton, Booth.

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Hi All,


I'm going to apply anyways, but I'd like some feedback to manage expectations I guess.

Arab-American Male

Hons B.Acc (Accounting & Finance), small US liberal arts school, full scholarship
3.95/4
MSc Financial Economics, Oxford Said

Current GMAT
750
Work experience
5 years: derivatives trading, VP at Tier 1 bank in London, resigned to pursue startup

Community
Seeded a small impact fund in a developing country, 1 startup invested in and it is up and running now

Post MBA goals
I am in the process of launching an insuretech startup, so I'd like to continue working on this throughout and ultimately scale it. Stanford is very appealing because of the geography and the ability to grow the team from local talent


It's always hard to provide a profile eval in cases like yours where we have some good stats and cursory info but not necessarily the full picture. On the surface, you check the boxes - 750 GMAT, great undergrad GPA from great school, marquis employer (tier 1 bank), int'tl experience. I'm not sure from your background how old you are (important since ave over 28ish is negatively correlated with admission) or how your startup ambition syncs with your prior experience or how involved you are in your community or what your extracurriculars are.

You will need to do a good job convincing the GSB AdCom that you are imminently qualified to raise capital and scale this business idea and that you have a plausible plan of action post-MBA. I probably don't need to tell you that GSB admissions are insanely competitive, and, as an international student, you come from a very over-represented (and therefore even more competitive) demographic. Most Arabs applying will be male. It is a benefit that you are not coming out of O&G or O&G professional services (IB, consulting) as these industries are more represented.

One thing that the AdComs want to understand about non-US international students is how imminently plausible their plans are given the immigration realities in the U.S. Vanishingly few companies can reliably sponsor international workers now. Top banks, consulting firms and tech companies have the resources and budget to sponsor international workers, but smaller start ups don't. And if you want to stay in the U.S. to start/continue your OWN start-up (as you hint given the location of GSB), there are ways to do that, but it isn't easy. That, combined with the high cost of tuition and resulting debt-load post-MBA, is one of the reasons why many GSB international students move to industries where they can get quickly green card-tracked post-MBA and put off their entrepreneurial plans a few years until after the have a greencard. All of this isn't to dissuade you from your entrepreneurial ambitions, but you should be smart about how you articulate them to the AdCom in your application. No AdCom wants to risk somebody who can't do what they want to do and therefore is a drain on the GSB alumni profile from a rankings perspective.

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GMAT - 730
Undergrad - B.Tech in Biotechnology (major) and Computer Science (Minor) (Undergrad) from IIT Guwahati (Top 10 in India)
GPA - 8.6/10 (Top 15% in my class)
Background - Indian - non IT Male
Total Work Ex - 5.5 years (~1 Year in IT consulting and ~4.5 years in consumer tech startups)

Brief Summary

During my 2 month B.Tech internship at University of Strasbourg - France, I published a research paper on HIV in International Journal of Virology. I have spent almost 3.5 years in a early stage start-up , where I was the first Data Analyst to be hired and went on to lead the Analytics team as Associate Director - Data Analytics. I was also working on Central Growth strategy and helping the CEOs office in raising a $50 Million Series D funding. I am currently working in a mid stage startup as a Sr Manager in Strategic Business Planning Team, scaling and commercialising the Commercial Interior Design vertical and refining the Annual Operating Plan for the entire organisation. I have also worked with an IT MnC in India for about a year as a Validation Consultant for the Regulatory Domain in the Medical Devices Vertical where I was helping the clients as well as internal teams to create products compliant with the FDA rules. I have done volunteering work with an NGO for 2 months, during which I trained the students from Primary Government School to participate in city level competitions where the children secured top positions. I have also taken a few online courses on Data Science and a executive course on Project Management from IIMB, one of the top B schools in India. I can get recommendations from the Founders/CXOs in the startups which I have worked. My short term MBA goal is to get into a startup and contribute in a larger capacity or join a corporate strategy team of a big organisation. Long term goal is to start a business on my own.


It's a little bit hard to provide feedback without talking to you directly, but you have a lot to be proud of in your application: IIT grad (that's what all the schools prefer in your extremely competitive demo), international work/academic experience, good professional experience with demonstrated career and EC leadership.

Your GMAT is fine for GSB from an objective sense given its overall average, but it's on the lower side for an Indian Male IIT applicant. Still, your GMAT shouldn't be a deal breaker, even though you will probably be evaluated on a relative basis rather than an absolute one.

Although your academic experience is very impressive (masters, published status), I wouldn't focus on it too much in the application outside of the resume. GSB will impressed with academic accomplishments but it's best if they are combined with a great history of promotions, professional leadership, and ambitious goals for which you are imminently qualified given your past professional experience.

It's great that you had a 2 month commitment to a civic organization that empowers Indian youth, but GSB will want to see continued and sustained extracurricular involvement. It's better to be involved in an EC commitment for many years than for just 2 months. So to the extent that you can build out that general passion of mentoring/helping kids as a deeply-held interest that's spanned multiple years (even if that particular position was only 2 months), that would be ideal.

One note on your espoused career interests - especially your start-up vs. corporate ambitions: AdComs want non-US international students with imminently plausible their plans are given the immigration realities in the U.S. Vanishingly few companies can reliably sponsor international workers now. Top banks, consulting firms and tech companies have the resources and budget to sponsor international workers, but smaller start ups don't. That, combined with the high cost of tuition and resulting debt-load post-MBA, is one of the reasons why many GSB international students move to large corporations where they can get green card-tracked as quickly as possible post-MBA and put off their entrepreneurial/start-up plans a few years until after the have a greencard. All of this isn't to dissuade you from your start-up career dreams, but you should be smart about how you articulate them to the AdCom in your application. No AdCom wants to risk somebody who can't do what they say they want to do in their application - that's bad from a rankings perspective.
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Note: Applying Round 3 to Stanford GSB, not Round 2. Still working on essays / reccs and probably won't make the Round 2 deadline unfortunately.

Demographics:
US Citizen
African American / Black
Female
26 Years old

Work Experience:
1.5 Years as a Product Manager at well-known startup (i.e. AirBnB, Doordash, Lyft)

2.0 Years as a Product Manager at top tech firm (i.e. Google / Facebook)

Academics:
Graduated from a Top 20 University as a Humanities Major.
2.75 GPA / 740 GMAT / 332 GRE

First Generation High School / College Student

Division I Student Athlete with a national championship ranking

Low GPA is due to hitting a rough patch during that time as both my parents were battling cancer...they ultimately passed away. Hoping to address this in a separate essay.

Essays / Reccs
Will be pretty strong and speak towards how my parents deaths have shaped my focus on social impact as it relates to access to health care, education, etc.

Extracurriculars
Also pretty strong, do a lot of volunteering and hold a few leadership roles at local nonprofits.

Why B-School:
Although most of my WE falls into tech, I've always been heavily involved in social enterprise, civic engagement, diversity + inclusion causes. Would like to pivot from tech to entrepreneurship with a social good focus. Believe that gaining both leadership skills and a more traditional business background would be beneficial.

I'm only applying to Harvard and Stanford given that I don't think any other school would justify the opportunity cost of leaving my current role which is fairly lucrative and interesting, but doesn't give me the social impact focus I'm looking for.

Would love some thoughts on my chances as I think I might be somewhat of an oddball candidate.

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Note: Applying Round 3 to Stanford GSB, not Round 2. Still working on essays / reccs and probably won't make the Round 2 deadline unfortunately.

Demographics:
US Citizen
African American / Black
Female
26 Years old

Work Experience:
1.5 Years as a Product Manager at well-known startup (i.e. AirBnB, Doordash, Lyft)

2.0 Years as a Product Manager at top tech firm (i.e. Google / Facebook)

Academics:
Graduated from a Top 20 University as a Humanities Major.
2.75 GPA / 740 GMAT / 332 GRE

First Generation High School / College Student

Division I Student Athlete with a national championship ranking

Low GPA is due to hitting a rough patch during that time as both my parents were battling cancer...they ultimately passed away. Hoping to address this in a separate essay.

Essays / Reccs
Will be pretty strong and speak towards how my parents deaths have shaped my focus on social impact as it relates to access to health care, education, etc.

Extracurriculars
Also pretty strong, do a lot of volunteering and hold a few leadership roles at local nonprofits.

Why B-School:
Although most of my WE falls into tech, I've always been heavily involved in social enterprise, civic engagement, diversity + inclusion causes. Would like to pivot from tech to entrepreneurship with a social good focus. Believe that gaining both leadership skills and a more traditional business background would be beneficial.

I'm only applying to Harvard and Stanford given that I don't think any other school would justify the opportunity cost of leaving my current role which is fairly lucrative and interesting, but doesn't give me the social impact focus I'm looking for.

Would love some thoughts on my chances as I think I might be somewhat of an oddball candidate.

Thanks!


My response for Stanford is pretty much the same as my response for HBS. Address your low GPA as suggested here. .

Give it a go. I'm not sure that HBS/Stanford or bust is the best approach, but for R1 of next year, it's fine. You can fine tune if needed or simply continue in your career path.

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Hi All,

Please evaluate my profile as an international applicant for the MBA program at Stanford

Nationality: Indian
Age: 25 (Will be 27 by the September 2021 intake )
Undergraduate Qualification: BSc Honours Statistics (3 year course with a GPA of 3)
Other qualifications: Have cleared 11 (out of 15) Actuarial Exam
GMAT: 730
Work experience: 4+ years (will be 6+ years by intake) in the insurance, reinsurance and consulting sector. Have worked with world’s largest reinsurer and EY. Received various awards from office (Employee of the quarter/month).
Extracurriculars: Zonal level football participation. Organising various events during college involving the entire Delhi University (including Marathons, internship fairs, Youth Summits etc). Also travelled to HongKong for official work and attending seminars.

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