What are my chances? Probably the most asked question in the MBA application game. In this post, we will examine my profile to understand how I compare to the typical applicant in my “Sweet Six Schools” in which I am applying.
- Work Experience: 5.5 years at a Fortune 50 at Matriculation
- Age: 28 at Matriculation
- GMAT: 710 (Q49 Q38) AWA 6.0, IR 7
- School: West Coast state school with regional recognition
- Major: Accounting BS, Cum Laude
- GPA: 3.7
- Background: I received a full-ride scholarship to a regionally prominent state school, and now work for a major F50 manufacturing company. I am a graduate of their finance leadership rotation program, and have worked in multiple divisions and financial functions with international experience.
- Extracurricular: I have 4 years with a national leadership role in a non-profit centered on leadership skills in minorities and various other leadership roles in organizations inside and outside of work. I also regularly conduct leadership/teamwork workshops for non-profits and corporations, and I have been a very passionate mentor for over 20 young professionals and college students.
- Leadership: I have had multiple leadership roles in my work environment and in my extracurricular activities. The largest team I have led was around 25 people. Unfortunately, I have never been a manager with my company.
- General: Although my GMAT is slightly lower than the average, I will be retaking the GMAT to help in this area. I definitely feel that I make up with my GPA and WE. Although my company isn’t a typical “feeder” company, it is very well known. In fact, my company is particularly “hot” right now and is very well known.
- Harvard: This school will be tough. Although my company is huge, it is not known to be one of the “main feeders” into HBS; however it is a company that HBS has featured in numerous case studies. I am hoping that my “unorthodox” background will be attractive enough to entice them to select me.
- Wharton: The new Wharton culture is great, and I am a big believer in their group interview process. I believe this new emphasis on collaboration coupled with my strong quantitative background will make the equation work for this school.
- MIT: This school has been known to be an “engineering” school. Although I am not part of that particular function, I do work at an “engineering” company, and absolutely love working with engineers. I’m hoping that my WE background will help me seal the deal.
- Tuck: I feel I am a great cultural fit for the school, with my focus on leadership, teamwork, and soft skills. I feel that my improvements with my MBA interview skills and essays will help me get to the admit finish line this time.
- Duke: Duke’s Fuqua has an amazing “hands-on” culture that fosters collaborative teams finding innovative solutions. I think I have a strong chance to show how I am a perfect fit for their MBA class.
- Yale: Yale’s SOM keeps getting better every year! While I hate the term “safety school,” I am hoping that I will have an easier time showing Yale that I can be a great addition to their phenomenal class.
- *Kellogg: I am still debating adding Kellogg or swapping it for MIT (similar tier). They produce the highest percentage of consultants and have a PHENOMENAL culture. I believe that I would fit in well, but am not sure if my manufacturing background will be attractive enough to them.
*If you would like to see all the class profiles of the Top 20 schools, check them out here: 2015 Class Profiles
I plan on meeting with several consulting agencies for their free 30 minute consultation offers. I will report back with their feedback, and my next steps in regards to my MBA journey.
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