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Post Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:44 am
Hi, I think I may be your 1st post. Here is my profile
3.5 GPA from a non-Ivy in the Northeast
Double major- Finance & Computer Science
GMAT 610, AWA 6
3 Years W/E - Financial Management Rotational Program, loads of special projects
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Chairperson of Community Outreach committee @ work, lead several different projects in the local community
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I am taking the GMAT again but in case I do not go up please evaluate for the following schools: BC & Georgetown

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Graham, I can't thank you enough, I will also mention the quantitative nature of my job and quantitative classes I took as part of work. The reason I mentioned taking classes is I believe the UNC questions ask what you would do? As far as schools go, someone suggested adding Indiana and Maryland to be on the safe side, they thought Maryland was obtainable and my profile fits Indiana well. I think if I prepare strong essays, present my academics strongly, and apply to BC, Gtown, Indiana, UNC (ED), Maryland and Indiana, that I have a decent chance that I will get one school that likes my experience and feels my ugrad grades will be enough to outweigh a low GMAT. Thoughts on that statement?
Jarome,

Thanks for the kind words!

As to your question, it is always a good idea to spread your risk by applying to a broad selection of programs. Again, I think you have a good profile overall - with just one major weakness in the GMAT result. Ideally, if you target all the schools you have listed, you will wind up with some offers - but I would not downplay the importance of improving your results on the GMAT when you retake.

Best of luck,

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Thanks Graham, I am taking it again but can not wait until Mid-October to start devising a plan, especially if I am applying R1. I will take it work hard on that as well as essays. I think they are coming out very strong, I am feeling confident in them. I am hoping to get an offer, if my GMAT goes up that will only reinforce the strength of my applications. And if it goes up significantly to where I get on practice tests (680-710), I will include a couple of new schools.

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Post Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:46 pm
jarome101 wrote:
Graham, I can't thank you enough, I will also mention the quantitative nature of my job and quantitative classes I took as part of work. The reason I mentioned taking classes is I believe the UNC questions ask what you would do? As far as schools go, someone suggested adding Indiana and Maryland to be on the safe side, they thought Maryland was obtainable and my profile fits Indiana well. I think if I prepare strong essays, present my academics strongly, and apply to BC, Gtown, Indiana, UNC (ED), Maryland and Indiana, that I have a decent chance that I will get one school that likes my experience and feels my ugrad grades will be enough to outweigh a low GMAT. Thoughts on that statement?
Jarome,

Thanks for the kind words!

As to your question, it is always a good idea to spread your risk by applying to a broad selection of programs. Again, I think you have a good profile overall - with just one major weakness in the GMAT result. Ideally, if you target all the schools you have listed, you will wind up with some offers - but I would not downplay the importance of improving your results on the GMAT when you retake.

Best of luck,

Graham

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Thanks Graham, I am taking it again but can not wait until Mid-October to start devising a plan, especially if I am applying R1. I will take it work hard on that as well as essays. I think they are coming out very strong, I am feeling confident in them. I am hoping to get an offer, if my GMAT goes up that will only reinforce the strength of my applications. And if it goes up significantly to where I get on practice tests (680-710), I will include a couple of new schools.

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Graham, I can't thank you enough, I will also mention the quantitative nature of my job and quantitative classes I took as part of work. The reason I mentioned taking classes is I believe the UNC questions ask what you would do? As far as schools go, someone suggested adding Indiana and Maryland to be on the safe side, they thought Maryland was obtainable and my profile fits Indiana well. I think if I prepare strong essays, present my academics strongly, and apply to BC, Gtown, Indiana, UNC (ED), Maryland and Indiana, that I have a decent chance that I will get one school that likes my experience and feels my ugrad grades will be enough to outweigh a low GMAT. Thoughts on that statement?

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Post Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:45 pm
Thanks for your reply - and for clarifying some aspects of your background.

As to your questions:

1) Odds at Vanderbilt. My opinion on your odds at Vanderbilt isn't terribly different from what I offered about Georgetown and BC. You will still face a bit of a handicap with your current GMAT result. Hopefully the third time you take the test goes well - and that fact that you have taken a prep course is a plus (assuming you are putting lots of time into taking full-length tests, working on problems, etc).

2) UNC Early Round. If you are setting your sites on UNC, it certainly makes sense to apply early - especially if there is a chance that your GMAT will not go up. As to the optional essay, you'd certainly want to use it to address the GMAT if you cannot boost your 610. Of course, be careful about using coursework you have yet to complete as a way to address the GMAT liability. The best way to tackle a low GMAT is to point to your undergraduate performance in relevant subjects and recent outside coursework that has already been completed (or at least is in progress). Mentioning that you 'intend' to take classes after gaining admission is sort of an empty promise. While I know your intentions are good, the adcom can really only rely on completed coursework in assessing your ability. In other words, you'd be better off signing up for that outside coursework now and getting started - so that you can mention that you are currently taking a course - rather than just promising the adcom that it's something you intend to do.

Best of luck,

Graham

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