Mba Admission Requirements ?
Q: I know many of you may have dealt with these questions, but I wanted to get a feel from you about my application for an MB
A: College GPA: 2.97 (Was a bad time for me) GMAT: 98 Percentile (750) Work Experience: Worked for 4 years with Microsoft as a Program Manager for several programs with really good appraisals from my superiors. I am applying to : Harvard Kelloggs Wharton Columbia Stern University of Chicago GSB UW-Seattle UCB-Haas Of these I really want to go to Kelloggs, Harvard, Stern or University of Chicago-GSB, but will take what I get. Could you please advise ? Can I write my essays in a certain way that would make my application stand out. Would be very thankful if the knowledgeable people of this board could help me out.
A: Cant there be anyway to present my case? If I let them know of the difficulties that I faced on the family front when I was an undergraduate, would that be enough to give them insight into why grades went wrong. Or do they not care at all even if someone has made the effort to redeem themselves from the mess. Would this be a part of the supplementary statement I need a realisitic analysis because I really want to go those universities. Unfortunately, I dont qualify for diversity but if anyone has any ideas and has a similar profile as myself and made it to one of the good MBA schools, please do advise. try to look at your situation as an opportunity rather than a weakness. True, top tier schools (and even 2nd, 3rd tier for that matter) will have a suspicious look at your GPA and if you do not have top notch references and GMAT score (at least the latter you stated you had) that will be enough not to even consider you for a second round evaluation. BUT, as it seems you are able to make it very clear with with your professional background, the references and GMAT that you have improved a lot since those early days. And in your essays you should take up the chance to explain the situation you hinted at that got you into a bad life situation during your undergrad studies. Make it clear that you overcame those obstacles and explain how. THAT will certainly put you in an outstanding position among the all the applicants. From what I have seen one of the very major things those recruiters are looking for is the ability to develop your own personality ... something they call "understanding leadership potential" and that is what you should focus on. I guess then you really stand a good chance of getting even multiple admission offers which will again put you in the luxurious dilemma of choosing the right one ;-)
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