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Requesting evaluation for top B-School

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Requesting evaluation for top B-School

Post Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:52 pm
Background: White american female
Undergrad: Econ major / math minor at top 30 university. GPA 3.0
GMAT: Taking in 1 month, on track to receive 730+
Work experience: 2 years middle market leveraged finance, 1 year middle market investment banking, (will be) 3 years at a top corporate VC as a Sr. Associate - hired as an associate and promoted after 1 year
Recommendations: 1 recommendation from the head of our fund (VP level) and 1 recommendation from a co-investor or entrepreneur I've worked with ("customer")
Extra Curricular / leadership: Sits on the board of 2 non-profits, 1 in the arts and 1 supporting microfinance. Regularly speaks at events at local universities for "women in entrepreneurship" and at industry events (mostly panels), usually related to diversity or gender parity but often just related to tech.

My big question is - does my work experience and GMAT make up for my low GPA or do I need to do something else to set me up for success at a top 5 b-school? Is there anything else I should be doing between now and September (when I apply) to get me into Stanford, HBS, or Wharton? There are not really any mitigating factors for my low GPA besides that at the time I was immature and having a bit too much fun in undergrad.

Thanks in advance!

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Post Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:35 am
Hey,
So I think the key for you is: GMAT + story.

As a female candidate in a totally male-dominated industry you will be quite a catch for B-schools. Yes, your low GPA makes things tougher, and much of an outlier. But if you can kill the GMAT and deliver an amazing story, I get a feeling that Top 10 programs will gladly overlook that.

So just make that GMAT happen, and then once you do, start honing your story.

And drop us a line if you feel like you can use a hand : http://admissionado.com/free-consultation/mba-consultation/?utm_source=btg&utm_medium=forum&utm_campaign=mba_blog

Smile

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Jon Frank

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