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Which Schools do I have a chance in?

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Joined: 13 Apr 2009
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Schools: ND - Alum, was accepted to WM, Olin.
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New post 14 Apr 2009, 21:27
Hi Linda, Paul, everyone else.
Age: 25
GMAT: 650 (Q50,V28)

This is a crystal ball for the future (3-4 years down the road), so I'm not sure if I would be able to see what programs I would be able to get in for MBA.

Undergraduate Education: I graduated with a 2.3 GPA with a BS in Systems Engineering from a top 2 public university in the US. I failed out of school once, and when I returned I took 66 credits over 3 semesters and got a 3.3.

WE: I decided that I wanted to do accounting, and just my luck the economy went south in a hurry. I am right now working in nonprofit accounting in tax for 3 months and hopefully I will work as an audit intern over the summer.

Grad School: Because I want to be an accountant now and get my CPA I definitely want to get a MACC. I applied to 12 schools and I have gotten in Wash U (Olin) and Rider, and still waiting to hear back from UGA, Oregon, Notre Dame, and William and Mary. Obviously if I had to choose today I would attend Olin for the MACC 2010 program.

For the purposes of evaluation, please assume excellently written essays, good recommendations, decent extracurriculars, and at best an good interviews.

My goal is to work in the audit field or nonprofit accounting for a few years, get my CPA, and then decide whether I want to switch to corporate finance with an MBA or get a PHD in accounting info systems.

So here are my questions:
Generally, because I haven't been able to get a sense of this elsewhere, would a great Grad GPA in a MACC program overcome my low GPA (high at the end) as an undergrad? How much would it improve my application, considering all it entails? Where could I get in with it?

Would working as a nonprofit accountant provide an advantage or disadvantage in applying to MBA programs? Or would they be lumped with the normal business people?

As this is a 3-4 year crystal ball, where would I have a good chance to apply? Would the elites (Stanford, Tuck, Booth, Kellogg) be out of reach, or should I go back to Olin or Fuqua, Chapel-Hill, or Darden for the MBA if I choose?

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New post 16 May 2009, 07:54

Apologies for not responding to your post; it must have slipped through the cracks. Regarding your questions, a high GPA in grad school will definitely help to offset a low undergrad GPA, however, B-schools know that grad school GPAs almost always tend to be higher so offsetting a low undergrad GPA is best done by getting a high GMAT score (700+) -- that's the most effective offset.

Regarding being an accountant for an NGO, yes, that is distinctive and could help set you apart vis-a-vis other applicants. But more important than that will be how much leadership you can show in and outside of your professional life.

Yes, I think the elites will be out of reach for you, and you will need to raise your GMAT score to have a chance at Duke, UNC, and Darden (Washington Olin is a different story).

Good luck,
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