Lisa Anderson posted a reply to USC.PM or Kelley in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ajnagdev, Congratulations on your admission offers from two great programs! A tough choice... I think it comes down to which program you feel is the best match for you and your goals, which one will best meet your expectations. While it is tough to make a career change ...”
January 31, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Dbz425, While you have many positives aspects to your profile and will have your essays and recommendations to strengthen your application, you are targeting highly selective schools where each application piece is scrutinized. Your GMAT score will be a telling sign as you will need to be ...”
January 31, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation [apply to MSFE] in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Ryan, I do think it is possible you can be a successful applicant to an MS program, especially if you increase your GMAT score. It is a matter of targeting the right programs and having a great essay addressing your GPA. Be sure to make a compelling case for how your academic performance ...”
January 30, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear switters, 1. Should I work for a private company to broaden my experience base and skills, or if I stay federal will it negatively impact my application? 2. Would an excellent military career (5.5 years) and recommendations help make up for the undergrad GPA, or should the essay focus on ...”
January 30, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for HBS 2+2 and others in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear transfer9858, First, you must decide on timing--if you want to enter business school in August 2013 or in a couple of years. The HBS 2+2 and Yale Silver Scholars are both designed for high achieving college seniors to apply now, but not enter business school until after they have worked for ...”
January 30, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation & School Suggestion (GMAT 650) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear jcandelaria, You have some positives in your profile, but your GPA and GMAT might raise a concern. Increasing your GMAT score would strengthen your application while also helping to mitigate your GPA. There are many schools that would welcome an application from you; the key is to identify ...”
January 26, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate this profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear DC, Congratulations on your admission offers! Outside of Canada, McGill and HEC are the most known. So, if you are wanting a school with global recognition, then those two programs would meet that criteria. Likewise, you want to go with the program that is the best match for your career ...”
January 26, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for MSc courses in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Darshil, It is hard to comment on your chances at any program with the minimal information provided; however, what you did post is very competitive for all of the MS programs on your list. Before you spend time and money on those applications, I do encourage you to think about whether or ...”
January 24, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How does not visiting schools affect your chances? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ayashlaha, It always make sense to visit--you need to have the experience for your own decision on where you want to go. Perhaps you can visit in conjunction with interview invitations? Look at your schedule and see what makes sense for you; then when scheduling your campus visit, you can ...”
January 24, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear DWBHLW, You are currently doing all of the right things to build the foundation for a competitive future MBA application. After graduating from your bachelor''s program, you want to continue on the same track by earning high marks in the graduate real estate program, continuing to perform ...”
January 24, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile analysis- YTP/Silverscholar/2+2 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Aki, I think you have the building blocks for a competitive foundation. It is important to highlight your leadership experiences, so seek out opportunities with student or community organizations. You also want to present a solid plan for what you plan to do between your bachelor''s degree ...”
January 19, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to HBS R2 Error in application - please suggest in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear tanyaindia, Errors do happen...we are all human. However, I certainly understand your apprehension. I would encourage you to email the HBS admissions office that there is typo on your resume. While HBS has generally not allowed you to update your application after it has been submitted, I ...”
January 19, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to mitigate a poor math score: retake or another method? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Beatbox-Bandit, Your quant score could be an issue; it depends on the schools you are targeting and how the rest of your application looks (i.e., how much & how you did in quant courses in college, how much analytical/quant work in your professional experience, etc.). Increasing your ...”
January 19, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Low Gpa High GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear dddanny2006, It is impossible to say based on the minimal information you posted. Your GMAT score is certainly competitive, as it is above the average for most MBA programs. Your GPA is low, but the GMAT will help mitigate it to some degree, but you do want to utilize an optional essay or ...”
January 16, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear keepmeposted, A higher GMAT score will never hurt you, but it is hard to say if it is necessary in your case as I don''t know what your entire app package will look like relative to the applicant pools of your target schools. If you have the time and it won''t sacrifice the quality of your ...”
January 16, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear recruitergmat, Aside from score in the 700s on your GMAT, I encourage you to find at least one community activity you can be significantly involved in ASAP. That way, you can show you have been active for over 6 months by the time you submit your applications. I also encourage you to ...”
January 12, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I think Kelley is a good option for you...and a fabulous school. The school selection sticky is at the top of the Stacy Blackman Consulting page (you should see it near the thread this message is in). Best of luck! Lisa”
January 12, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate this poet's profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Great news on the GMAT...congratulations on your new score! Thanks for the update and best of luck with your applications! Lisa”
January 12, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Art History Major that needs some advice. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear nortic, I think you have a competitive profile for any of the schools noted in your post. The question is if you feel these programs provide what you need in terms of curricula and resources to achieve your career goals. If you believe they do, then there is no reason not to submit strong ...”
January 12, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Less Work Experience - Masters or MBA? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear rooneyucr, Which program is the right one for you depends on what your career goals are. It is possible the MiM program is the right choice, but you will need to research those potential programs to see if there is a match for your career goals and expectations regarding your graduate ...”
January 12, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Viren, You have the building blocks for a competitive application, but it will take a strong overall package to give you the best chance for success. Your target schools are all highly selective, so it is imperative you find a way to stand out from similar applicants. Thus you must have ...”
January 12, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Review Please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shweta, It is hard to say if your profile is competitive as it is incomplete. You certainly have some positives in that you have a 3.55 GPA and are gaining quality work experience at PI. Whether or not you should apply to business school later this year depends on you--do you feel you are ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile/chances:680/2.9@nyu,dartmouth thru consortium in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear jcstanton55, I think you have a shot at any of the schools you applied to, assuming you had a great set of essays and recommendations. Your 680 is competitive for any school and you have some great experience, both your day and night jobs. An interview invitation from Tuck is a positive ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request: Score:690, GPA:2.8, WorkExp:4 yr in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear priyank.rawat, Your revised school list is more appropriate for your profile with a nice mix of reach and reasonable programs. Be sure to submit the strongest package possible, making a compelling case for your admission to give you the best chance for success. Best of luck, Lisa”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Work Experience Evaluation Please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Derek, There is no preferred industry or functional experience at any school. What matters is the quality of the experience you have and how you have progressed in your career. If you feel your current role is not providing growth opportunities and will not prepare you for your future ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear arunima88, Most MBA programs are familiar with the different grading systems in other parts of the world, so it is best to report the numbers in your own scale. It is possible you have an equivalent 4.0, but the only way to know with certainty is to have it evaluated by a credentialing ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear dianegmat, As I suggest for any applicant, the key is having an appropriate mix of schools on your list. You should have 1-2 reach programs, 1-3 reasonable and 1-2 safety options to spread the risk and give yourself the best chance of success. Your GMAT will help to mitigate your GPA to ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Best courses for Film acting/ performing arts in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear joebus, I wish I could help, but my expertise is in MBA programs. I am not familiar with academic programs for acting or the performing arts. Good luck, Lisa”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to New Job 10 months before applying in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“10 months is pretty close to a year, so I am not overly concerned with the time. It is really more of a question on how much the new job aligns with your post-MBA goals. If you feel it will move you in that direction and give you necessary skills for your future career path, then it is certainly ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Nervous about Stern Part Time MBA Admission in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear missgg, It is hard to comment on your chances as an admissions decision is made on more than GMAT, GPA and years of experience. With your GPA, scoring well on the GMAT is important to show you have the academic aptitude for the curriculum. There is not preferred industry experience at NYU; ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Taxation in Big Four or Mid-Size Hedge Fund? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Josh, Unfortunately, your decision is not quite as simple as your question as many variables come into play. First, you need to evaluate the hedge fund opportunity through the lens of your future goals. Will it help you achieve those goals by giving you skills/knowledge/exposure you won''t ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Latino Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Ambition.10, You have a competitive profile for any program you feel is a good match based on the details in your post. I think you have a chance at the 4 targets you noted, assuming you submit strong packages, but do encourage you to consider adding 1-2 less selective schools to your mix ...”
January 9, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear keepmeposted, You have the competitive building blocks, but it is how you put them together that will determine your decisions. Your essays, interview, recommendations and resume are critical components, so use them to your advantage in making a case for admission. With a strong, ...”
January 4, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to International & Interdisciplinary Profile Assessment in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear jonathansoler, I highly encourage you to verify your eligibility for special programs like 2+2, Silver Scholars, etc. As these are designed for college seniors, it is possible you are not eligible as you are in the process of earning a law degree. However, you should check with each school ...”
January 4, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Just my 2 cents, but if you want to continue working and are not looking to make a big career change, then I think you could apply to any part-time or executive MBA program. With a solid application package, you should be a competitive candidate. Many part-time programs have higher average work ...”
January 4, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Daniel, At 10 years experience, you are a bit below the average for most EMBA programs. However, you do have enough experience to apply to them. For most, the average work experience falls between 14-20 years. The question really becomes which program is the right choice based on your ...”
January 2, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Clarification required: GMAT Application on mba.com in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Aakash, The data is collected more for research purposes by the testing service and GMAC than anything else. It is rarely used by schools in your admissions evaluation. It is printed on your official score report; however, most schools are reviewing the numbers, not the other data. ...”
January 2, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to New Job 10 months before applying in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear polarmar, The only reason taking this opportunity might negatively affect your admissions evaluation is if the job makes no sense in relation to your career goals. In other words, it does not broaden, deepen, and/or increase your knowledge or skill set and is completely opposite of what you ...”
January 2, 2012
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Tommy, Thanks for clarifying your professional experience and MBA program. You absolutely need to make sure your resume shows your experience as more risk management so as not to be considered an IT professional. Since you are targeting the part-time programs rather than full-time, it does ...”
December 31, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear k.pankaj.r, Based on the limited information in your post, I would say you have the competitive foundation for your 4 target schools. While these are highly selective schools, it is possible for you to receive an offer of admission with a strong, compelling application package. Since your ...”
December 31, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation, please? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Samra, In my humble opinion, I''m afraid the schools you list are all reach programs for you. While you have a competitive GPA, your GMAT is low for an international applicant with less than 2 years experience. I could never say it is impossible, but I think your chances at most of these ...”
December 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Nitin, I actually disagree with you on your GMAT; your 690 is a competitive score for many great programs, including those on your target list. Your age is not a disadvantage. With your substantial experience, you do want to directly address why you are applying to full-time programs. ...”
December 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation GMAT 620...help needed urgently... in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Rahul, Your current target list is great programs, but these are reach programs for you based on the minimal information included in your post. You have common experience and education in the global MBA applicant pool, so finding a way to distinguish your application from the competition ...”
December 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to ISB interview in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear dhonu121, There are many resources on the internet, but basically, your interview will be similar to a job interview. Stacy Blackman Consulting does offer hourly services for mock interviews and interview preparation; for further details on pricing and services, please visit our website at ...”
December 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to 680 in GMAT, 3.5 WE with Big 4&Unique Profile Need guida in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Sai, While tax accounting experience might not be that unique, working with the gaming industries and some of the largest casinos in the world could be. Hence, look at your professional and personal experiences to determine how you can leverage them to distinguish your application from the ...”
December 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to HBS 2+2 Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear rg123, You have the right building blocks for a competitive HBS 2+2 application. The key is configuring them properly into an outstanding application package. Your essays, recommendations and interview are critical components in your evaluation. As such, you need to convey a solid ...”
December 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Retaking the GMAT and R1/R2 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Way to go Jake & tk84!! Outstanding GMAT results!”
December 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Suggest me B schools to apply in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Raunak, While you have strong transcripts and good work experience, your GMAT is low relative to other applicants with similar education and professional experience. Consequently, you will have a bit of an obstacle to overcome to be successful at your target schools. In particular, your ...”
December 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Harvard 2+2 Chances in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear yankees34, You appear to have many positive attributes that programs like HBS 2+2 and Yale Silver Scholars look for in applicants. However, it is hard to say what your chances are as your profile is incomplete and it is not clear that you want to get your MBA. While you do convey specific ...”
December 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to ESCP Europe - 50 % scholarship - worth it ? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear joebus, You are right to ask these questions, as you need to go into this with realistic expectations. You must have thought about all of these issues prior to applying, so take a step back for a minute and think about why you felt the MiM at ECSP was the right program for you. It is a big ...”
December 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Eval - Strange WE in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Hoover, I would not say your prior experience as a wildland firefighter is a disadvantage or strange. I would actually say it could help differentiate you and there are aspects to it that do translate across industries and functions. For example, I''m sure you employed problem-solving and ...”
December 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ChargerxCats, While you are right to be concerned about your GPA, there are many success stories of folks with low GPAs who have gone on to graduate from great MBA programs. So, the key is to mitigate the GPA with an above average GMAT, A''s in additional quant coursework (like your stat ...”
December 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Uncommon WE - Cleantech industry (Advange or disavantage?) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear imanolarbulu, Your work experience in a new, rapidly evolving industry could be an asset to your application, as you will have interesting stories and a different perspective. However, that alone is not going to significantly affect your chances at these schools, either positively or ...”
December 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA admission with 530 GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear zraw, It is tough to say how competitive you are for these schools based on the limited information in your post. Your GMAT score is low, but if your transcripts show exceptional performance and you had a successful career, then that could balance out your score. For the best insight into ...”
December 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Messy Undergraduate - Deal Breker for MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear amir.kabir, Your academic journey is not a deal breaker, but it does warrant explanation in an optional essay or could be a great example for an obstacle essay. When writing about it, you want to lay out the circumstances, without seeming like you are making excuses, and then highlight how ...”
December 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Graphic Designer thinking of pursuing an MBA (UCLA or USC) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ChargerxCats, I commend you on your thorough self-reflection and research to determine that an MBA is your next step. Being focused on your future goals and why an MBA is necessary is a key component to a successful MBA application. To answer your questions: -Assuming I have a high ...”
December 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear wch87, I''m sorry to hear your decisions are not what you expect or want. It is hard to say why you might not be hearing a positive decision without reviewing your application in its entirety. Based on your post though, I would say not having a recommendation from a current/former ...”
December 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Tommy, While you have many positives in your profile, based on your post, USC and UCLA are probably closer to reach programs and UCI is more reasonable. Your biggest assets are your substantial experience, including international projects, and realistic career goals. Since IT professionals ...”
December 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please (low GMAT) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“UW, ASU, Arizona, UC Irvine and Pepperdine are more within reach, but how much so will depend on how much you increase your GMAT score. I think you have a chance at any of these with a compelling, strong total application package. However, the farther outside your GMAT is from the school''s ...”
December 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile: 660 GMAT, science background in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Hselin, MBA programs do not exclude any applicants on the basis of education or experience. As such, your background is acceptable to any. However, you will need to address why you need an MBA in addition to your other degrees, mainly the PhD, to achieve your career goals. Without a solid ...”
December 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile review in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shivaankar, You have a competitive profile for any program. However, decisions are made on more than a profile. Consequently, you need an outstanding total package that makes a compelling case for your admission over the numerous other applicants. Your education and experience are quite ...”
December 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Required in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear babaryousafzaiii, Your school list is appropriate for the profile you posted. Your GMAT is a bit low relative to other international applicants to these programs. When combined with your GPA, there could be concerns on your ability to handle the rigor of the program. Thus I encourage you ...”
December 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for HBS - 730 GMAT, ME with Merit in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Adzmel, Based on your post, I think you have the foundation for a competitive application to HBS. The ultimate decision will come down to how well you present your background and experiences relative to the applicant pool. Thus it is imperative you use each application piece to strengthen ...”
December 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please (low GMAT) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear suveers, I think you have many positives in your profile, but you are correct in your assessment that your GMAT is a potential concern. As such, USC, UCLA and UC Berkeley will be stretches for you--even if you pull your GMAT up to a 660. Nevertheless, you should not rule one out if you ...”
December 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation please: GMAT 710 (Q49, V38) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Sudish, I think you have to assess the best use of your resources in light of the looming R2 deadlines. You absolutely want to submit in R2 with the strongest, overall application package. Hence, you must decide where your efforts are best focused at this point in time. While a higher ...”
December 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation/Round 2? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear allisonec, If you want to be in business school this time next year, and know you are ready, then I encourage you to apply to some schools in R2 that are outside the top 10 (maybe 1 outside the top 20 for a safety). As before, you want to target schools with the curricula you seek and any ...”
December 8, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear brijeshgs, First, you need to verify that you are eligible to apply to any program you are considering as some schools do not allow student to earn a degree they already have from another institution. If you never completed the MBA at Mumbai University or if it is not viewed as equivalent ...”
December 8, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Eval Request: 720 (V41, Q48), UMichigan 2.95 Econ in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear rstalbot, It is hard to say based on the information in your post, as decisions are made on an evaluation of your total package relative to the school''s applicant pool. Without reading your essays, resume and recommendations, I don''t have the full picture that the admissions committees ...”
December 8, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to round 2 strategy/profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear limestone, You have quality work experience and a solid grasp on how to present yourself effectively in your application (per your answer to the other poster). However, I am concerned by your academic profile (GPA & GMAT). Right now, you are below average on both for many programs, but ...”
December 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to round 2 strategy/profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear blg529, It is hard to know why the interview invitations have not come (yet); it is possible you might still receive one. Without seeing your entire application package, it is hard to pinpoint what might have failed to resonate with the schools you targeted in R1. Have you considered ...”
December 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MS vs MBA & Live Unranked vs Online Ranked in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear beyonder, I think you need to weigh your options through the lens of your career goals and rationale for getting a graduate degree. If you are looking to continue in the insurance industry, then it seems you want a program that offers coursework that will be most valuable to your long-term ...”
December 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for MSc courses in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Indian_guy, While I can see why you have arrived at the path of MS->work->MBA, I''m not sure future MBA admissions committees will understand the logic or agree with it. When MBA applicants earn a MS degree in a business discipline, like strategy or finance, the first question the MBA ...”
December 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Phd in marketing in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Phd guy, Your academic profile is strong, which is an advantage in PhD admissions. As I posted previously, your research focus for your dissertation will be an important part of your application. Consequently, you need to identify and target programs where you can work with faculty who ...”
December 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request for Profile evaluation (GMAT: 630; GPA: 3.23) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Mark, There are many positives to your profile, namely your work experience, realistic career goals and competitive GPA. The potential concern is your GMAT relative to the applicant pool, particularly other applicants with similar professional experience. Thus you want to use every piece ...”
November 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to RE: Recommendation Letters in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear shrey.m87, Yes, you can have recommendations from people in the same company. You just want them to offer different perspectives on you as a professional. Since you worked with them on different projects, hopefully one can speak to your strengths in one area or skill set and the other can ...”
November 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation 680,Q49 V34 4.5 in AWA and 34 Months Exp in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In my humble opinion, Duke, Ross and Tuck are stretch schools for you based on the profile presented. While it is possible an outstanding application package to one of these programs might result in an admission offer, your chances are better at the schools in your previous post. Good luck, ...”
November 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear cloudedthought, While I understand your concern around your GPA, please know it is not the only (or the most important) part of your application. I would estimate your 6.95 is probably around a 3.0, but the most accurate conversion would be from a credentialing service. As for your D''s, ...”
November 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation please (GMAT 570, GPA 3.68) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear alexissy, Assuming your IELTS is above the minimum for these MS Finance programs, I think these are possibilities for you. Your GPA is high and your quant score on the GMAT is solid. The question/concern will be on your verbal skills. Thus you must use the written pieces of the ...”
November 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Review - IIT Grad, 740 GMAT, 37 months workex in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Siddharth, You have the academic profile (GPA & GMAT) for a competitive application to any program. However, decisions are made on the total application package, so you need to use each application piece to your advantage to have the best chance for success. Based on the minimal ...”
November 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile evauation; gmat-700; gpa-2.93; work-ex-6years in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Sartaj, Your work experience is an asset to your profile, as it is different from the majority of Indian applicants. You have gained substantial experience in your tenure, so I encourage you to use your professional experiences managing people and projects to your advantage. Relative to ...”
November 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear snflwer3, There are many positives in your profile for a competitive application to INSEAD. As you are aware, your GMAT is the main concern as INSEAD prefers you to score in the 80% on both the quant and verbal sections. If you can increase your score to be near that mark, then I think you ...”
November 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation 680,Q49 V34 4.5 in AWA and 34 Months Exp in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear navinreborn, Based on your post, I think your school list is appropriate for your profile. You are competitive for all of these schools across the board, so now it is important for you to distinguish your application from similar applicants with a great set of essays and recommendations. ...”
November 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate profile. Need help! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear R, If you believe the schools you note are good matches for you and your goals, then you should apply to them. Your profile is competitive, but decisions will be made on the strength of the overall application, so do not discount the importance of essays, recommendations and interviews. As ...”
November 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile evaluation for ms accounting in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Unfortunately, I am not aware of a website that offers a comprehensive search engine for MS programs based on criteria like GPA or GRE score. It is possible you might find a snapshot of several programs'' averages of these types of measures by a publication''s ranking of MS programs, but there are ...”
November 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate profile. Need help! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear R, Before you expend energy and time on an application, I think you first need to determine that an MBA is the right degree for you and where you want your career to go. If you cannot articulate a solid rationale for the MBA degree in relation to your career goals, then you will not be ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Help pls: Harvard summa. McK BA w/ 680 on GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ksadhah, While I realize you wanted a higher score, a 680 is pretty solid and in the competitive range for most MBA programs. You certainly have a high GPA and a successful professional record to mitigate the GMAT, just be sure to highlight your analytical/quant skills on your resume and in ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request, 740 GMAT, 3.15 GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear amars16, I think you have a chance at your target schools with a stellar application package. I agree that your certificate course will help mitigate your college GPA some, and shows you are not just "sitting around." However, you do need to convey you have a plan for ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation & School selction in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear rednblue, The admissions committee will not be aware of a gap between secondary school and university unless you choose to disclose it. Most programs do not ask when you graduated from high school, only your dates in college, so it will not be known. In the event you are asked, putting off ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Kindly Evaluate Profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear anantsch, Without providing any context or explanation to your two items, then it is possible they will have a negative effect on your applications as you will allow the admissions committee to assume what happened/your reasons for these events. Thus it is imperative you provide the story ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Scorpion82, TOEFL scores are only good for 2 years, so depending on when you scored the 106, you might need to retake it. Each school has a minimum required on the TOEFL, so I encourage you to verify what it is for any school you consider. It is possible you are at/above it, but you will ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate this poet's profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear distgent_007, Based on your post, you have the foundation for a competitive application to any MBA program. While a higher GMAT due to a higher quant score will certainly not hurt you, I think you will still be competitive with a quant score in the 44+ range if you did well in quant ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear counterfactual, You have the building blocks for a competitive application - high GMAT, competitive GPA, solid work experience. To give yourself the best chance for admission at highly selective programs like HBS & Stanford, you need to have a stellar application package. Your essays, ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Florida State B School Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear arod7533, I think FSU is a possibility for you, but it is hard to comment with certainty as you do not have a GMAT and do not provide why you want get your MBA. If you believe FSU''s program is a good match for your goals and you (i.e., curriculum, resources, culture, etc.), then there is ...”
November 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my chances of getting into Babson College in the The Application Process forum
“Dear pawanjot, 1. Is my GMAT score and profile suitable to compete for admissions in Babson. Absolutely. Every piece of your application is important though, so use each to your advantage. In particular, demonstrate through your essays why Babson is the right program for you in relation to ...”
November 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile evaluation for ms accounting in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear sud21, For the best conversion of your GPA to a US 4.0 scale, you do want to spend the money on a service like WES. While you can find conversion tables that allow you to do it yourself, you are correct that schools are a bit different in their patterns and the credentialing services should ...”
November 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please rate for profile for Top B-schools in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Rastignac01, You have many positives in your profile for a competitive application to your target schools. I do think you should try to submit your applications as soon as possible, without sacrificing quality. MBA programs are already evaluating applicants and offering seats, so you want ...”
November 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation -- Is it good enough for some B School in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear omo37, Your school list is a good mix of reach and reasonable programs for your profile. Since your GMAT is low relative to other international applicants, particularly the verbal score, you will want to demonstrate you have the aptitude and ability to succeed academically. Your interview ...”
November 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to please evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear nimisha59, Based on your post, it appears you have done a solid self-assessment of your profile. You have some positives, like your activities and transcript, but there are some potential concerns, like your GMAT score. I think you have to ask yourself how much the other parts of your ...”
November 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Post MBA goal in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Kunal, Absolutely, you can say you plan to return to your current organization. Since it is a company you are familiar with, you do want to be specific in the role you plan to pursue and how that is the first step towards your long-term goal. Good luck, Lisa”
November 14, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Unfortunately, it is impossible to give any specific odds or probability on anyone''s chances at any school. Admissions decisions are not made based on a formula. Without knowing how each of those programs evaluates applicants and what the rest of the applicant pool looks like, I cannot tell you ...”
November 14, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Good GPA Not So Good Gmat... in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“If you are in the mid-80% range for the MS program, then you are in the competitive range. However, you do need to highlight your quantitative aptitude and skills in other application pieces. So, I would encourage you to use an optional essay to address this potential concern, using evidence in ...”
November 14, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Good GPA Not So Good Gmat... in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Hayek33, Your GPA is high and a strong indicator you will be successful in the classroom. While your GMAT is a potential concern, it is possible you can balance it out with other parts of your application. I encourage you to determine if any of of the MS programs you are considering accept ...”
November 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to International applicant/ lawyer/ GMAT 690 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Gina, Your GMAT is below average for Stern, but well within the competitive range. To give yourself the best chance, you will need a strong total package that makes a compelling case for your admission. Stern looks for applicants who understand the culture, will be involved, and have done ...”
November 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Kaneda215, I can say with certainty that active duty officers are not viewed differently or held to a lower standard, so you will be evaluated like any other applicant to these programs. However, the fact you are active duty will be noted as 1) interesting professional experience with a ...”
November 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Sounds like you are on the right track and doing all the things you need to do. Just be sure to use the essays, recommendations and resume to highlight your accomplishments and skills, as well as make a compelling case for your admission. Good luck on your GMAT retake! Regards, Lisa”
November 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear zmc2011, I''m sorry to hear your GMAT score is not where you want it to be. You are right to be concerned with regards to your target programs, as both your GMAT and GPA are low. Since you have time, I strongly encourage you to retake the GMAT to increase your score. If you could get to a ...”
November 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request: Score:690, GPA:2.8, WorkExp:4 yr in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear priyank.rawat, I think you have done a thorough self-assessment of your profile with regard to your target schools. I concur that both your GPA and GMAT being below average will be a concern, and you will need to find a way to balance that in your applications. I would suggest revising ...”
November 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear aitxaz, With the very limited information your provided, it appears you have the foundation for a competitive application. Your GMAT score is in range, albeit below average for your target schools. Thus you will need to have a compelling package where your other components balance out your ...”
November 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Devastating GMAT- Profile evaluation please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I''m glad to hear you will retake and were granted the accommodation. The GMAT is a beast, and I commend you for trying again. You are correct that your admissions evaluation will be holistic, meaning your essays, recommendations and other components are as important. Applicants are rarely ...”
November 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Devastating GMAT- Profile evaluation please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Pacos Tacos, I agree you have many positives to balance a GMAT that is below average. However, your GMAT is still outside the competitive range for your target schools, making the hurdle much higher for a successful application. You are correct that your transcript is important to show you ...”
November 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Alternative transcript courses- Community College vs. 4-year in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear tburnsnj, You can take undergraduate quant courses at either a community college or university, whichever works best with your schedule. Online courses are also sufficient if you have that option. The only thing you need to be sure of is that the school is accredited and you will be able ...”
November 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gautamsinha, I think you have many positives to your profile, like your professional experience showing strong leadership and teamwork skills. However, your GMAT and GPA are both on the low side which is a concern. You will need to have a very strong application package--well written ...”
November 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear sakthivel.m87, I think you have a competitive profile for your 3 target schools. My only thought is around your change in job. It is not so much that the Infosys name is better known as why you took the Management Trainee position. You need to explicitly convey how your current job ...”
November 2, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Need Suggestions in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear DreeemMBA, For tips on identifying programs, I would suggest you read our sticky on school selection. However, to maximize your research, you really need to decide on your career goal as it is integral to your school choice. There is a large difference between consulting, marketing and ...”
November 2, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to With low GPA and No good experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear nt 30, To help balance a low GPA, you do need to have high test scores on both the GMAT and TOEFL. I also encourage you to have your transcript evaluated by a credentialing service for an accurate conversion to the US 4.0 scale if you question what it might be. While it is tough to be in ...”
November 2, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Ronald, Based on this cursory overview of your profile, I would say your target schools are a bit optimistic. Your GMAT and GPA are below average for all of them, putting you in a position to have other factors that are so outstanding they will mitigate both. That is a tough hurdle to get ...”
November 2, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear icecube6000, You have quality professional experience and a solid academic record, which are assets to your application. I concur that your GMAT needs to increase at least 40 points, and ideally 700+, to be in the competitive range for all of the target schools you listed. Taking the test ...”
October 30, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Do I stand the chance for the Richard Ivey School of Busines in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shekhar, Your profile is in the competitive range for your 4 target schools; however, you will need a compelling application to reach a positive decision. As such, you need great essays, recommendations and interviews to distinguish your application from the many similar applications in the ...”
October 30, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Ben, Your entire transcript is evaluated, so your rocky start will be noticed along with the upward trend in your last two years. You are correct that your 750 GMAT will help mitigate the 2.89 GPA. However, I think it is worthwhile for you to also write a brief optional essay (or ...”
October 30, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to really confused on what to do next.. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear amiableanish, An MBA is a large investment--not just money, but your time, energy and other resources. I commend you for being thoughtful and understand where your mind is at the moment. The reality is that much of what the other consultants have told you is true. You do need to present ...”
October 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Executive MBA - Questions and profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Roy, You certainly have enough experience for an EMBA program. In your case, I think you need to focus on identifying EMBA programs that will offer you what seek both academically and career-wise. Not all EMBA programs offer career services, so if you want specific assistance from a school ...”
October 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear quarterpounder, Based on your post, I think you have a shot at Schulich. Use the entire application to your advantage--every piece helps (or can hurt). Your GMAT will help to balance your GPA, and the upward trend in your grades is a positive. You should also consider writing a brief ...”
October 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Harvard summa, McKinsey BA, gay female living in MENA region in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ksadhah, While you have many positives in your profile, you do need to have a GMAT in your target schools'' competitive range. For most top 20 programs, that would mean something over a 670/680. As you are aware, applications are evaluated holistically, so it is possible you could be ...”
October 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Help - Should I retake the GMAT ? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear strongtoad, If you have about a year before you plan to apply, then I think you should retake the GMAT if you feel you can improve your score. Schools use your highest total score in your evaluation, so even if your score decreases, you will still apply with your 710 - which is a strong, ...”
October 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - Abhishek Ballabh in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Abhsishek, Please post a specific question with regards to your profile and/or the summary of your profile in your post rather than in an attachment. Please note: without a GMAT score, your profile is incomplete so it will be difficult to comment with any certainty on your chances at any ...”
October 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Engineer with a low quant?? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bobdemerrit, It is hard to say based on the minimal information in your post. If you did well (B+ or higher) in your quantitative coursework at Cornell and have utilized analytical/quantitative skills successfully in your professional experience, then your current GMAT score might be fine. ...”
October 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear dhody1986, Your target schools are a good mix of reach and reasonable for your profile. To ensure you are giving yourself the best chance for success, use all the application pieces to your advantage--essays, recommendations and interviews are equally important and are the primary means for ...”
October 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to IESE vs ESADE in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear richirich, Stacy Blackman Consulting can be easily reached via our website at www.stacyblackman.com. There, you can request a free consultation, review our services and read helpful tips from Stacy. Be sure to note that you found us at BeattheGMAT.com! Thanks for your interest, Lisa”
October 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA Eval for Tepper in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Kyle, I don''t think Tepper, Stern or Darden are unreasonable for you, especially if you break a 700 on your next GMAT. However, I do encourage you to add some schools outside the top 15 to your mix to give yourself the best chance of being in business school. As you already know, ...”
October 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Brian, It all matters...so, showing you did well in dental school will be helpful in balancing your undergraduate GPA. If the community classes were taken after your degree was awarded, then those grades should not factor into your GPA calculation. If you took the community college classes ...”
October 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Babson Essay Question in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear minhminh7884, You do not have to have entrepreneur experience to answer this essay; you simply have to show how you have acted like an entrepreneur, either in your professional experience or in a community activity. Basically, Babson wants to see evidence you possess the entrepreneurial ...”
October 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation for MIT sloan in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear la56, Whether or not your application to Sloan is successful will depend on the strength of the total package. While you are right to be concerned about your GMAT score being in the low end of the range, it is still in the competitive range. You have a high GPA in a quantitative/analytical ...”
October 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What step to take next in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear kid_amnesiac, If you have time and won''t sacrifice your essays, then retake your GMAT. A higher score certainly never hurts! However, if your 660 is in the mid-50% range of your schools, you have an above average GPA, and the rest of your application will be strong, then it might not be ...”
October 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA to use? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear MBAAcct2011, While I understand your concern with your academic performance in college, you cannot include post-graduate courses in your GPA calculation. If you do, the schools will see it as you are unable to follow direction and are willing to bend the rules--both of which result in a ...”
October 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to 1 year MBA schools in UK/US and Asia in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gauravjha, You might try searching programs at www.mba.com. You can input different variables to generate a list of schools that match. Generally speaking, most MBA programs of 12-18 month durations are outside of the US (i.e., EU, UK, Asia), so you might keep that in mind as you look. ...”
October 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Competitive for Harvard 2+2? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear PKapadia23, I think you have a shot at HBS 2+2, assuming you score well on the GMAT. I guess my concern is around your career goals, as you state you want to do environmental law. How does the MBA fit into that? What do you plan to do in the 2 years between IIT and HBS? You will need to ...”
October 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Competitive for Harvard 2+2? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ADS1889, From your post, it would seem you have much of what HBS 2+2 looks for in its applicants: academic achievement, leadership, and a career plan between undergrad and HBS. Your nonprofit, in particular, is an asset to your application and might help differentiate you from the pool. ...”
October 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bk136587, Based on your post, you have the building blocks for a competitive application at any MBA program. The key is supporting those blocks with great essays and interviews. With regard to extracurriculars, it could be an issue, but it depends on what you mean by ...”
October 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to gmat 680...chances in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Abhinav, Unfortunately, I cannot say with certainty what you should do as I do not have enough information. Decisions are made on more than numbers. If you feel you will have a strong, overall application package, then it is probably worthwhile to submit with your 680 and see what happens. ...”
October 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Distinctiveness in B-School Application in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Mamun, To be clear, are you suggesting you earn an MBA in Bangladesh and then a second MBA somewhere else? If so, I discourage you from that strategy as many MBA programs will not allow you to earn the same degree you already hold, meaning you would be ineligible to apply to those programs. ...”
October 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please Help me with B-School short-listing in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Saket, You have some great professional experience and a competitive GPA based on your post. I agree that your GMAT score is a bit of a concern, as it is low relative to other applicants with similar backgrounds. If your ultimate goal is to be in business school next year, then you should ...”
October 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please !! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear amishra, Based on your post, you certainly have the foundation and profile for a competitive application to any MBA program. The key is crafting a competitive application package to reach positive decisions. You must use each application component to your advantage to both make a ...”
October 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to need help in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bigbubble, All hope is not lost--there are many MBA programs out there that would welcome your application. The question is for you to determine which ones are the right programs for you based on your career goals and desired school culture. Being an entrepreneur is not a negative in your ...”
October 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Eval for UT, ASU, UW, ect... in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Brettness, So, the good news is I think you have an appropriate school list for your profile based on your post. There is a mix of reach to safety programs there. Nevertheless, for an application to be successful at any school, you will need to have an outstanding total package that makes ...”
October 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to College Transcript Details in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear P, Not to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems to me that your official transcript is the one that shows all courses taken and your performance (i.e., grades in individual courses plus GPA). If you submit the first one you mentioned without all courses and no GPA, then you run the risk ...”
October 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to gmat 710, 12+ yrs IT, chances in INSEAD and IMD in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear nirvana2008, Any program will certainly consider an application from you. Having substantial experience is not going to send you to the reject pile, nor will your GMAT score. What is important for you is to be mindful of your profile relative to the schools you are applying to and ...”
October 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Another Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear jarinwallah, I think your current school list is appropriate for your profile. You have a mix of reach and reasonable programs. For success at any of these schools, your applications will need to be strong in total, so use every piece to your advantage--great essays, stellar ...”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT 760 : Please help in Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear sk1, Based on your GMAT, college GPA and amount of work experience, you are in a competitive range for any MBA program. To truly know if you are competitive, you will want to do some research into these programs and determine if the schools is a good match for you based on both your career ...”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Help me with B-School short-listing in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shikhargmat, EU programs are an option you should consider, as are Australian, Asian and US. There are solid MBA programs in every region of the world; the question is which ones offer what you seek and meet your criteria. If you prefer 1 year, then your search will exclude most US ...”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Master's Degree Before MBA asset? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Jared, While I don''t disagree with your rationale on changing jobs prior to applying to an MBA program, I do think you have a few options you should thoroughly consider before entering a MS program. Remember, your GMAT score is only good for 5 years, so it is likely you will need to retake ...”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Letter of Recommendation - Recruting HR? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Kunal, Your situation is understandable, so it is advisable that you write a short optional or additional info paragraph on why you have not asked your current supervisor. Ideally, having someone from your current organization would be best, but only if that person can speak to working with ...”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Does it matters ?? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear jogi1984, The majority of business school applicants take the GMAT more than once, usually 2 or 3 times. Most schools use only your highest total score in your admission evaluation, so how you performed on other test attempts is not a factor. Good luck, Lisa”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation-Indian male gmat 680 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear acidburn28, You have some positives in the minimal profile you posted. You appear to have quality work experience in an industry that is not the norm for an engineer/technical person in India. Your GPA is high and you had solid involvement in college. However, you have other areas that ...”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Post MBA Career in Technology Domain for an IT Professional in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gmatfighter11, The reality is many paths can lead to the same destination. Since you already have a strong background in technology, then an MBA might be the next step for you to gain the skills you need as an executive. MBA degrees are highly versatile and, depending on the school, can ...”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How am I placed for INSEAD? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“No, I would not classify NUS or Nanyang as safety programs for you. These schools are probably somewhere between reasonable and reach, depending on how strong your total application package is. The stronger other application pieces are, like essays, recommendations, work experience and interview, ...”
October 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Vikas, I think your target list is appropriate for your profile. I would not categorize any as necessarily a safety program, but you do have a good chance at any of these schools with a solid, overall package. Be sure to spend time on each piece of the application--you do not want to give ...”
September 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How am I placed for INSEAD? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear jsasipriya, While you have positives in your profile, INSEAD is a highly selective school with thousands of applicants each year. Relative to other applicants with similar education and experience, your GMAT is low. Likewise, your GMAT is low for INSEAD relative to its admitted student ...”
September 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear 24837, What matters most about professional experience in terms of MBA admissions is not the name of the company, but the quality of the experience. If you will have opportunities at Roland Berger to broaden/deepen your skill set while gaining solid team and leadership experience, then it ...”
September 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation - Scholarship perspective in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Abhi7, Scholarships are wonderful; unfortunately, schools do not have unlimited funds to offer scholarship awards to all admitted students. For many top programs, like the ones you note in your post, scholarship awards are few and the amount will not cover all of your expenses. You will be ...”
September 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear np1989, Certifications do show aptitude and the ability to master material. However, taking a class while working and earning an A shows you can also manage your time and succeed in the classroom--something you will be required to do in business school. Regards, Lisa”
September 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bschoolmania, Congratulations on that 740! That is awesome! Your performance on the GMAT combined with A''s in your two quant classes should demonstrate you have the aptitude, motivation and commitment to handle the rigor of business school. I do think you are in a more competitive ...”
September 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA@36 - does it make schools uncomfortable? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear visver, Schools are not uncomfortable with older applicants, nor are employers and banks. However, the schools and employers are concerned with your fit based on your substantial amount of experience. Specifically, candidates with 10+ years of experience are often better suited for ...”
September 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (CA/CPA) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear stizzi, I would not say a top 10 is an impossibility, but I cannot say it is a guarantee either. There are no guaranteed profiles in MBA admissions. How successful your applications will be depends on many factors, not just the GMAT or a GPA. I agree that your GPA is a potential concern; ...”
September 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Harvard 2+2 admission? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Chemistwithoutborders, I do not think your consulting work will hurt your application at all. In light of your internships and education, it makes sense that you are targeting consulting with a focus on the chemical industry. Consultants have a broad range of degrees and experiences, so ...”
September 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Review-- Professional Designations(role in admin) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear np1989, The CFA will indicate you are serious about making a career change into financial services, as the exam takes tremendous time and effort to pass all 3 levels. It will also further demonstrate your quantitative and analytical aptitude in addition to your GMAT and transcript. Beyond ...”
September 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Dong-Gun, Yes, you should write the optional essay noting your recent course at NYU. It shows you have the ability do succeed in the classroom while juggling other things. Your GMAT score does mitigate the low GPA to some degree, but you also need the rest of your application package to be ...”
September 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Which concentrations for me (IT/male)? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear TrueLie, There is no answer to your question as there are no guarantees when it comes to a job search. No one can "easily get a job after graduation." Securing employment takes effort on your part to identify an opportunity, prepare for an interview, and show that you are the ...”
September 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT 2 attempts - 1st - 710, 2nd 640 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear AmitGMAT, The majority of schools only use your highest score, as you report on your application form. For many, they do not even look at the official score report, showing all of your test attempts, until after the decision has been made to verify what you reported is true. Your first ...”
September 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (How many schools to apply to?) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear talker24, Based on the profile information you posted, I think your school list is appropriate. You are in a competitive range with your GMAT and have solid professional experience, extracurriculars, and academic performance. Most MBA aspirants apply to 4-6 schools on average. If you were ...”
September 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU,Zicklin, Rutgers, Fordham for a 530? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Salil, There are many good part-time MBA options in the NYC area. If you want to stay in NYC post-MBA, then Zicklin, Fordham, and Rutgers are all solid choices. NYU Stern might be a bit of a stretch, but it is hard to say with certainty as I do not have a complete profile for you. You ...”
September 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA in INSEAD in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear abdsau99, Your 740 does help mitigate a low GPA to some degree as it shows evidence you have the aptitude for business school. You can also write an optional essay, or perhaps within another essay topic, noting your professional achievements based on qualities that will be necessary to ...”
September 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for College Seniors in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mriiidula, It is tough to say in your case based on the limited information posted. However, most successful applicants to these programs are high academic achievers with demonstrated leadership. If you feel your ultimate GMAT score and GPA will be viewed as high academic achievement, and ...”
September 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Tom, Schools do prefer your recommenders have worked with you for closer to/more than a year. However, that doesn''t mean a recommendation is negated when the time is shorter. The recommendation can be valuable if he provides detailed, candid remarks. If you are concerned, then submitting ...”
September 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear EndlessDriven, I would say a top 50 is possible for you. If you have read enough of the posts, you know that decisions are made on a holistic review of your application, not just one application component. As such, when you have a potential weakness, like a low GPA, you can then use other ...”
September 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Eval - Indian Female, GMAT 720 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear deepti387, You do have a chance at your target schools based on your profile. However, the decision will be made on your entire application package. Thus you will need to have a strong overall package conveying your rationale for an MBA in relation to your past experience and future career ...”
September 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Mlapido11, Based on the very limited information in your post, you appear to have the foundation for a competitive application to the USC part-time program. Since you want to continue on your current career path, a part-time program makes sense. Your GPA might be a bit below average, but ...”
September 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Advice with alternative transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Your plan sounds appropriate based on the information posted. Whether or not a school will know if your class is online will depend on how UCLA writes its transcripts. Most schools will not note that on a transcript, but you might check with the registrar if you are concerned. Of course, if an ...”
September 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear otterlygood, You have a chance...but only if you are eligible. That is what you need to determine before you spend time and effort on any application. Regards, Lisa”
September 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Tom, I would say a more recent supervisor is best for a recommender to fill the "supervisor" slot. Most schools do prefer or ask that at least one rec be from a current/former supervisor. So, in light of your current supervisor''s role of staffing assignments, I would say the 2nd ...”
September 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Do job ex required while applying to top Business school in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shray, I encourage you to spend some time researching the MBA degree and the MBA admissions process. The website, www.mba.com, is a great place to start as it has some resources on what an MBA is, what MBAs do, and MBA programs, in addition to being the place to sign up for your GMAT. ...”
September 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Retaking the GMAT and R1/R2 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear J, Please see my answer to TK above for many of your questions. For you specifically though, I would not worry about being in the round with all the other consultants. Maybe it would be better to not be with them so you don''t get "lost" in the consultant mix? Strong applicants ...”
September 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Retaking the GMAT and R1/R2 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear TK, Whether or not to retake the exam is a tough question to answer as I don''t have all the information to provide a definitive yes or no. Your current score is certainly competitive, right at or slightly above average for your target schools. In looking at your application in totality, ...”
September 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT Question and Schools List in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear SarasotaMBAApp, 1) Which GMAT score would be better to report? I re-took the test to both break 700 and raise my math percentile. I accomplished one of my goals! I have undergraduate courses in calculus, statistics, accounting, and finance with mostly A''s and few B''s. Is this strong enough ...”
September 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT 620, in doubt of retesting in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Varun, Absolutely--Bentley and Brandeis are credible in the northeast, particularly the Boston area. A 3 month gap is a bit of a gray area as you are at just enough that some schools ask for an explanation, but not an excessive gap that raises huge concerns. To be safe, I agree that you ...”
September 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Advice with alternative transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear moosehead9oc, You can take courses through UCLA or UCLA Extension, either online or campus-based are acceptable these days. If you have mixed performance in your quant coursework in college, then quantitative courses are advisable. Since you earned A''s in calculus, you could look at a ...”
September 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to To get admission into a top B-School in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I would start with either World Evaluation Services or Global Credential Evaluators. If you google transcript evaluation or translation, you will find others. Regards, Lisa”
September 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Der otterlygood, You are in a pickle--that''s a tricky situation. I certainly understand where you are coming from and am happy to see you have done a thorough self-assessment. You appear to have a handle on the potential challenges of your applications. First and foremost, you will have ...”
September 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear workerbee_mba, Depending on what your GMAT score is, you might be competitive for your target schools. You will need to be in the competitive range for these programs, ideally 720+. I agree your lack of community and extracurricular activities since college is a concern and your GPA is ...”
September 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: 640 and Duke? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mariamstripes, I think it is possible you could be successful with your current score at Duke, but a higher GMAT score (particularly with a quant over 45) would put you in a stronger position. You will need to show evidence through your transcripts that you can handle the quantitative rigor ...”
September 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to To get admission into a top B-School in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“There are several GPA conversion charts once you start looking, some provided by schools others by individuals. For the most accurate conversion, you can have your transcript evaluated by a credentialing service for a fee. Scholarships are tougher to obtain then offers of admission, so those are ...”
September 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT Score - Disc Jockey & Chartered Accountant in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Dushyant, The GMAT is neither the "deciding factor" nor the most important piece of your application. It is significant though and the only common measure the schools have across applicants. Applicants have varying education, professional experience, extracurriculars and ...”
September 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to To get admission into a top B-School in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Your work experience is the amount you have at the time you would enter business school. For example, if you are applying for entry in Sept. 2012, then it is the number of years you would have by Sept. 2012. Any experience leading people, teams and/or projects in the workplace is valuable and ...”
September 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear MSR, I do think you have a shot at your target schools based on the profile posted. You will need a strong package to be competitive though, so be sure to submit a great set of essays and recommendations, not to mention ensure your resume effectively conveys your professional and community ...”
September 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ilovemgmat, If you plan to apply to enter an MBA program directly from your undergraduate degree, then you will need a high GMAT score. Most schools prefer applicants to work for a couple of years full-time after a bachelor''s degree before entering the MBA program. For applicants with ...”
September 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Arnab, While you do have some positives in your profile, like your GPAs and work experience, your GMAT score might be a potential concern. The total and verbal scores are quite low relative to other applicants with similar backgrounds. You will need to mitigate that concern with other ...”
September 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Masters Distance Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear msr4mba, It depends on your reasons for the degree in relation to your long-term career plans. If you don''t see any value in the MA beyond demonstrating you can do well in coursework, then it might not be worth your time and money. If you believe you need the MA to facilitate a job ...”
September 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to SAI Application form query in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear allenseraphim, Professional conferences probably fit best for #1 as these resemble professional training and development. Question #5 on extracurricular activities really concerns your life outside of work. If the conferences concerned your hobbies or interests, and you paid to attend them ...”
September 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to To get admission into a top B-School in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear sahil.piplani, It is possible. To give yourself the best chance for admission, you will need a strong, competitive application package. You have competitive numbers (GMAT & GPA), but that is not enough. You will also need a great set of essays, exceptional recommendations, and a solid ...”
September 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Harvard 2+2 admission? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear isiddhant, It is always better to apply in R2 with a stronger application than R1 with a weaker application. If you believe you can increase your GMAT score, then it is best to wait. Most schools use your highest GMAT score in your evaluation, regardless of which attempt it is for you ...”
September 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Chances at E/WMBA at Haas - Indian male software engineer in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bschoolapp, Your GMAT and work experience are certainly in the competitive range for the EWMBA at Haas. You also have a solid master''s GPA and good extracurricular activities. With EWMBA programs, quality of professional experience and career goals are critical pieces in your evaluation. ...”
September 2, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT 620, in doubt of retesting in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Baruch and Northeastern are known programs with good reputations. However, they are primarily known in the northeast US (referred to as New England). Outside that region of the US, you might find they are not as recognized. If you would like to work in Boston or New York, or feel these schools ...”
September 2, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lennybruce, Per my previous post, you want to add programs where your profile is above average relative to the class profile. Thus you need to look at how your GMAT, GPA, work experience, etc. measure up to programs that are a good match for you and your career goals. For a good starting ...”
September 2, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Suyog, You should write an optional essay addressing your academic performance and making a case for how you will succeed in the classroom during business school. You could also take a few classes to show you can earn high marks while juggling other responsibilities (work, personal life, ...”
September 2, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Suyog, A 750 GMAT and 3.28 GPA are competitive numbers for top programs. Your performance in high school is irrelevant for MBA admissions. I think you are right to focus on the rest of your application components at this point as each one needs to be outstanding for a shot at a top tier ...”
September 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear shatta84, I think you can list your GPA either way--just follow the number of decimal places if specified. Most applicants tend to go with only one decimal place, so a 3.3 in your case, as it often allows you to round up. As for the optional essay, I could argue both sides in your case. ...”
September 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lennybruce, I think it is possible you might get into at least one of your target schools, but it will take a compelling, stellar application package. While you have some positives in your profile, you have an over-represented profile in the applicant pool and a GMAT score that is below ...”
September 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Bshlom, You have many positives in your profile and your 690 is in the competitive range for top programs. Your high GPA in accounting demonstrates your academic ability, as well as your professional success indicates a good skill set. I think it is possible your 690 is enough with a ...”
September 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT 620, in doubt of retesting in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Varun, It depends on how your entire profile stacks up against a school''s profile, as well as how compelling and strong your application is relative to the applicant pool. Decisions are made on a holistic evaluation of your application, so each component is significant and can make a ...”
September 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to this one or that one.....which one? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Moving to a smaller firm will not negatively affect you in the MBA admissions process as long as you progressed in your career. Since you took a managerial position (perhaps a promotion?), then it seems your career is going in the right direction. What matters is the quality of your experience, ...”
September 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request profile evaluation 680 (Q - 45, V - 38) 5 years exp in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Avijit, If your end goal is to be in business school by Aug/Sept of 2012, then I encourage you to revise your school list. You have some great programs, but these are all highly competitive with large applicant pools. While you are positives in your profile, you will be competing for a few ...”
August 28, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear starberrybsd, If you believe you can increase your GMAT score at least 20 points, then it might be worth it to retake and delay your Columbia app to R1. Your current score is competitive; however, decisions are made on more than a GMAT. You have solid career progression and a high GPA, so ...”
August 28, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Admission school options with 6 year work exp and 640 gmat in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear arjun1984, To be competitive at any of the schools you noted, you will need to retake the GMAT and increase your score closer to 700. Ideally, you want to be above the school''s GMAT average to be in the best position. You might also consider revising your school list to have fewer top ...”
August 28, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to HELP !!! GMAT score 700, retake required ?? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear aditya_bitsg, With an over-represented profile, increasing your GMAT to the 730+ range might be helpful for you. While your current 700 is in the competitive range, you need to find a way to stand out from the applications that look similar to yours. Gaining admission to a top ...”
August 28, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to this one or that one.....which one? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mzkfrk, Your school list is appropriate with a mix of reach and reasonable programs for your profile. If you are going to add any schools, I would suggest 1-2 safety programs. Your main challenges in your applications will be to differentiate your application from similar applicants and to ...”
August 28, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA Admissions and Alternative Transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Adam, I wish I could say definitively you will or won''t get an interview invitation or admission, but I cannot. If you submit a strong, overall package that clearly conveys your rationale for an MBA and your background, as well as differentiates your application from similar applicants, ...”
August 28, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA Admissions and Alternative Transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Adam, Since you did not do as well in some of your quantitative coursework, you could take calculus and statistics to demonstrate both your command of the subject and ability to earn high marks while working. It is fine that you are retaking them as these are 2 courses that business schools ...”
August 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to UoP Alum- Please Evaluate My Profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You should aim for the mid-50% range of these programs, ideally near or above the average, for your GMAT score. The closer to the school''s GMAT average the better, and if you can score above the average, then you will be in the best position. Also, scoring well on the GMAT will further ...”
August 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to US schools with Good marketing concentration in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Prachi, All MBA programs will have substantial courses in marketing. The question you need to answer is if these programs offer electives tailored towards the type of marketing you want to do AND have the industry connections for where you want to work post-MBA. MBA programs often tailor ...”
August 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA Career Path After 6 years of Experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Abhishek, Career changes are difficult for anyone, but not impossible. I think the more important question is what do YOU want to do with your career? where do you want to see your career go in the next 5, 10, 15 years? What type of work and what industries are of interest to you? ...”
August 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Applying for MBA, which courses to show dedication? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear blau08, From the course description, it seems to be a solid statistics class covering the basic concepts and theories. Depending on how you did in your math classes and on the GMAT, you might also consider some math courses like college algebra and calculus for your alternative transcript. ...”
August 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear energyray, It appears from your post you are on your way to building a competitive profile for your future applications. You will want to put in significant effort to the essays and other pieces when the time comes, but your GMAT, GPA and work experience are in range. I think you can apply ...”
August 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Confused about resume format in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear artirapaul, There are no right or wrong ways to order your resume. However, there are some orders that are most common and the accepted practice. Since you are a college senior, it would make the most sense to have your education section first. After that, I think your work experience as ...”
August 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to UoP Alum- Please Evaluate My Profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear kzuloaga4, Well, I have to be honest that you will face some challenges with your profile. On the bright side, the University of Phoenix is accredited, so it is not as dire as attending another for-profit college that is not. However, you are correct that it is perceived to have less rigor ...”
August 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: NYU Stern Part-Time in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lilmaz, I do think you have a reasonable shot at admission to NYU''s Langone program. The key is to present your career goals effectively and realistically for you. You should be ready to articulate how you plan to actualize your post-MBA goal, including having the names of some employers ...”
August 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Post MBA Career in Technology Domain for an IT Professional in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gmatfighter11, There are many routes to a C level within an organization. With your focus on a technology role, then you probably should stay close to the IT, technology and/or R&D departments of the companies you target. For in depth career research on MBA careers and career paths, ...”
August 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Choosing MBA schools for sending GMAT scores. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear stanleyeales, You do not have to send your scores anywhere; it is really up to you at the time you take the exam. You can always send your scores later as the scores are good for 5 years. There is usually a minimal cost to send the scores at a later date, but perhaps it is worthwhile if you ...”
August 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Recommendation letters in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mirantdon, I''m not sure I understand your dilemma here. How have you squandered your chances or affected your credibility? If these people are the right choice for you to ask, then there should not be an issue in approaching them to write a recommendation letter for you. Please provide ...”
August 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear _MBADream_, There is always a possibility in MBA admissions with a strong, overall application package. Your 700 is competitive for any of your target schools. However, you are correct that increasing it by 30+ points might be helpful with your low GPA. You might also consider taking some ...”
August 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear chendawg, If you are trying to demonstrate quantitative/analytical skills by earning high marks, then take the macroeconomics class. If you have sufficient evidence of quantitative ability and want a chance to learn some terminology, concepts and theories prior to business school, then take ...”
August 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mirantdon, Perhaps...depends on where you are applying. There are certainly positives you can use to your advantage in your application. I think the more important question for you is if an MBA is the right degree for you based on where you want your career to go. Is it a necessary next ...”
August 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Cocoravi, Your GMAT and GPA are in the competitive range for the 4 schools noted in your post, although both are slightly below average for these programs. Since admissions decisions are made on more than these numbers, you do have the rest of your application to strengthen your profile and ...”
August 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I find www.vault.com and www.wetfeet.com to be helpful with career research. Both sites offer plentiful information on the numerous MBA careers in marketing, including real world profiles. Regards, Lisa”
August 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Mark, You have a competitive profile. How you will fare through the admissions process will depend on how well you present your background in your application packages. It is imperative each piece of your package strengthens it rather than provides a reason to reject. Likewise, you will ...”
August 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request Profile Evaluation 660 (49 Q 32 V) 9.5 yrs exp in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Reena, Since you already hold an MBA degree, you should first verify you are eligible to apply to the schools on your list. Some of these schools may not accept your application if your degree from BIM is viewed as an equivalent degree. If you are eligible, then you should consider ...”
August 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Jimish, Haas, Stern and Anderson are also highly selective. For programs that are in the more reasonable or safety range for you, you should be looking at schools where the GMAT average is below 690, the selectivity percentage is above 30%, and there are established ties to the investment ...”
August 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear NJ, For tips on identifying schools that might be a match for you, I encourage you to read our sticky on school selection. It is an important step to apply to schools that are a good match for you--your career goals, your expectations and your personality. With your substantial experience, ...”
August 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What do you think? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear overunder, I do think business school is in your future if that is what you decide is your next step. The question is where. I also think applying to 1-3 top 20 programs is not unreasonable for you, as long as you have a mix of programs where some are in the 21-40 range. While your GPA is ...”
August 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Likelihood of Admission in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Pat, I think you have a chance at Columbia with an outstanding application package. You have a competitive profile; the challenge is can you craft a competitive application package that distinguishes you from the competition, makes a compelling case for your admission, and makes the ...”
August 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Jimish, You certainly have a competitive GMAT, GPA and work experience profile for your target schools. However, decisions are made on the entire package. Be sure each piece of your application is the best it can be and presents your background effectively. I do encourage you to think ...”
August 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to BSchools for Clean technology in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear shantanu8jan, I would suggest you look at the companies you would target for job opportunities and where they recruit MBAs. You can often find this on their company websites if they have formal recruiting programs. As for schools with courses specifically geared towards clean tech, I''m ...”
August 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please Evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear vviswan, Based on the minimal information in your post, it appears you have the foundation for a competitive application to the top 6 programs. Decisions will be made on the quality of your overall package, so you will want to ensure each piece is strong and sets you apart from other ...”
August 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear sojourn, You are correct that you are applying with a highly represented profile in the MBA applicant pool, especially for selective programs like the ones on your target list. Gaining another year of experience and/or increasing your GMAT score could strengthen your application, depending ...”
August 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT 700 score and good academic background in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gmat.gt, Your five schools are possibilities for you, assuming you put together a strong application package. Since these programs are all top 15 programs, I do encourage you to identify some other programs that are not as selective as these but are still a good match for you and your ...”
August 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Toefl 109 for HBS in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear evan059, It is best to verify requirements directly with the school. Thus I would encourage you to contact HBS directly or check the website for the minimum TOEFL score. According to the wording you posted, a 109 appears to be the minimum, but I would verify your 109 meets the requirement ...”
August 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT Score & CFA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Christian, There is not an easy answer as I don''t know how the rest of your profile looks or the rest of the HBS/Stanford/Wharton applicant pool. Whether or not there will be significant value in increasing your GMAT from 720 to 750+ is debatable, but it could be valuable depending on how ...”
August 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to application troubles in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear powerlunch, Your reasons some rational to me, but how your applications fare will depend on how you present them, as well as your background, in your application package. I agree you should be concerned as there will be some who will view your last 2 years as unemployment rather than ...”
August 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mbaaspirant_nm, I think it is possible you could be admitted to either HBS or INSEAD with a stellar application package. You will need to distinguish your application from similar applicants and make a compelling case for admission. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to have an ...”
August 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to serious question in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear sk@123, You can take the GMAT as many times as you like. Due to the cost of the exam and the time to prepare, most people take it 1-3 times. Your GMAT score is valid for 5 years, so you want to take the exam with 2 years of when you expect to apply to business school. Regards, Lisa”
August 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GPA Question in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Aguirre, Whether or not you are summa, magna or plain cum laude depends on the GPAs of your graduating class and how your institutions awards those designations. If you maintain a 3.9, then I would think you should receive one of those designations unless a large percentage of your fellow ...”
August 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Which MBA Program to choose NYU PT or Columbia EMBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear monad2000, Either program has the curriculum and industry connections to help you make your transition. I would suggest visiting these programs, if you can, or talking with a current student or alumnus of each program on what career resources are available to facilitate your job search. ...”
August 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Harsh, Your GPA is a 6.68 out of 10 if it is a 10 point scale at your university; it does not matter what anyone else did as that does not change your grades. How that translates to a GPA on a 4 point scale depends on several factors at your school. The most accurate translation would be ...”
August 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Building an Alternative Transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Whether or not mbamath.com will be viewed as equivalent to taking courses will vary by school. It is certainly an alternative preparation program that is gaining recognition each year. You might ask mbamath.com to offer some insight into how its courses are perceived by different schools to get a ...”
August 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What are my chances? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear burn, Your GPA is not a deal breaker. With a strong GMAT and professional experience, you can provide evidence of ability and motivation. I think having a GMAT score closer to the average of your targeted schools, ideally at or above, would be most helpful. However, I would not rule out ...”
August 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Dave, It is a tough call for your situation. On the surface, your cumulative GPA at 3.24 is in a competitive range and your GMAT, CFA Level 1, and professional experience all provide evidence of your academic ability. Without seeing your entire transcript and learning more about your ...”
August 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Building an Alternative Transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear harsh.champ, I do think completing 1-2 courses will be helpful as you want to demonstrate you can excel in the classroom, as well as have the aptitude based on the GMAT. Faculty are proponents of math classes, so I think an algebra and calculus class are a good choices. For another class, ...”
August 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile evaluation please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear amit_k4, Admission decisions are made on more than the limited information provided in your post; thus it is difficult to comment on your chances. Generally speaking, you are in a competitive range with your GPA and have enough professional experience. Admissions committees will also be ...”
August 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to LSE MSc Management Science (Decision Sciences) Admissions in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Aguirre, You need to meet the admissions requirements as specified by LSE. Ideally, you want to be viewed as an "above average" applicant for the program, meaning your test scores and GPA are higher than the class averages, and other profile attributes are outstanding. If you are ...”
August 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA or Masters in Business in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“There is really not a definitive answer to your question as how you determine the "value" is up for debate. Your perceived value in the marketplace amongst prospective employers is based on more than a degree plus number of years experience. Generally speaking, the main determinant of ...”
August 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation - where do i stand? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Dear Vijay, Congratulations on your new GMAT score! It puts you within a competitive range for a global top 20, although you might still be below the average for some programs. Consequently, you need to make the rest of your application components stellar and convey how you will be a valuable ...”
August 5, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Rich, If you did not do well in your calculus coursework at UCLA, then you might want to take calculus. I think you could also take any of the quantitative business classes, like statistics, accounting, finance, or economics. Other than that, you could consider other business courses like ...”
August 5, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA or Masters in Business in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Himanshu, I think you will find answers to these questions by researching the master''s in management (MIM) programs and comparing them to a traditional MBA program. You will want to evaluate curriculum, resources, career services and placement, and student profiles to gain an understanding ...”
August 5, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA IN US WITH no work experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear NRToma, Admissions decisions are made on more than numbers, so I don''t have enough information to comment on your chances at any program. From what you posted, your GMAT score is high and competitive for any program. Your GPA is probably at or slightly below average for most programs. So ...”
August 5, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Low gpa at ivy or high at low ranked school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear transfer9858, Congratulations on your admission to Cornell and the local college! I think you need to go to the school that you feel is the best fit for you, not where you think you can achieve higher grades. You don''t know how your grades will be at any school until you get there; you ...”
August 5, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation--GMAT 700,24 year old Indian in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Prachi, I think your school list is reasonable and an appropriate mix for you based on your profile, assuming these programs offer what you seek in terms of curriculum and resources. It is important that a school make sense for you based on your career goals and be a good match for you in ...”
August 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear KA08, I do think you have a chance at both UCLA and USC part-time programs. There are many positives in your profile. Aside from putting together a great application package, my only other recommendation to you is to visit both programs, go to a class, etc., if you haven''t already done ...”
August 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Which schools to apply to? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lauraelaines, It is possible. It comes down to the strength of your overall application package relative the applicant pool. You have your essays, resume, recommendations, and (hopefully) interviews to make your compelling case for a seat in the class. One C is not going to result in an ...”
August 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to TOEFL sectional requirements for HBS? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Valery, I am not aware of a specific minimum on each section, just a total score minimum. However, that doesn''t mean there isn''t a sectional minimum. I would encourage you to contact HBS directly on the TOEFL requirements. If there is a minimum required, not preferred but required, then ...”
August 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Applying for an MBA without a clear career path in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Ryan, MBA programs expect that you have an idea of what you want to do post-MBA as it is the basis for your rationale for pursuing the degree. Likewise, an MBA program is only 1-2 years long which is not enough time to explore and figure out your next move--you need to have some general ...”
August 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to is it possible to get admission for an MBA with a 2.48 GPA? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear aarti dm, All hope is not lost due to your low GPA. However, you do want to be mindful of your profile when determining where to apply. Since your GPA is on the low side, a higher GMAT score will help to demonstrate your academic aptitude. Likewise, any courses taken since you graduated ...”
August 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA IN US WITH no work experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear atisht saxena, I encourage you to review all of the requirements for applying to business school for each MBA program you intend to submit an application to when the time comes. Most business schools will require the GMAT from all applicants and either the TOEFL or IELTS from international ...”
August 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear chendawg, Undergraduate courses are fine and often preferred. Regards, Lisa”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to High UG GPA, Very low PG GPA? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Yes, you do want to show you have varied interests and activities. Being involved in your community is one way--not to mention a great way to build leadership and teamwork skills that all business schools desire in applicants. Regards, Lisa”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to non profit background in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear prisonerofazkaban, Your profile is incomplete, so it is impossible to comment on your chances at any program. Generally speaking, your GPA is right around or slightly below average for top MBA programs. Thus you will need a strong GMAT score to demonstrate your academic aptitude and be ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Which rankings to consider? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear prachich1987, I''m not surprised you are confused by the various rankings--they have varying methodologies that change each year and each publication has a different focus. Thus rankings should not be used to determine where you will apply or make the decision on where to go; rankings are a ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation, Please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Spring 598, Your assessment of your profile is fairly accurate; your concerns will be the admission committees'' concerns. Thus you must use your application package to assuage those concerns and show that an MBA (at this time) is the next step for you. Your essays and recommendations (not ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Planning to do MBA (online) after MCA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lekshmi, An online MBA program might be worth your investment, but only you can make that determination. The number of options seems to grow each year, just make sure the school is accredited (preferably AACSB). To search options, you might try the school search function on www.mba.com. ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: GMAT 720, Should I take the GMAT again? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear msharma, I''m sorry to hear your applications were not successful last year. I suspect your GMAT was not the issue, but that you were not able to distinguish your application from the numerous, similar applicants in the pool. While a higher score will certainly not hurt you, for your next ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to High UG GPA, Very low PG GPA? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear nimi.889, It is possible to overcome your low PG GPA with an otherwise stellar application package. I would advise you to focus on building your resume and then on scoring well on the GMAT when the time comes. After that, it is a matter of identifying the right programs for you and putting ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: GMAT 690, GPA 3.5 and 3.7, Japanese in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lotus_sabien, Based on the minimal information in your post, your profile is competitive for your target schools. Decisions will be based on your overall package, so be sure to submit a strong application that makes the admissions committees want you in the class. While there is not a ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear streetpunkstar, While I understand you are disappointed with your last GMAT attempt, please do not feel you will not get into a solid MBA program. I do think there is a program for you. Your evaluation as an applicant and the decision to admit you is based on more than your GPA and GMAT. ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Part-Time Langone Interview in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I do not have a list of actual questions, but do expect questions around why Langone, your career goals, and your professional experience (especially examples of teamwork and leadership). Being invited for an interview is not any guarantee you will be admitted; it does convey that you are being ...”
August 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (740 : 51/39 q/v , 5 yr workex) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lotus117, I think a top 20 program is a possibility for you. Your entire application package must be outstanding and make a compelling case for your admission to have a chance for success though. I strongly encourage you to identify programs with not only solid entrepreneurship coursework, ...”
July 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to 680 GMAt with GPA 3.02 from Thailand.. Do I have a chance? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Siwat, The short answer is possibly. Whether or not you should retake your GMAT depends on how the rest of your application package looks relative to the admitted pool for your target schools. You are targeting 4 of the most selective and competitive programs in the world, so each ...”
July 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear jdbass, While I understand your concerns due to the abundance of "information" out there on the MBA admissions process, please realize that many ideas purported to be true or factual are really not. You do not need to have attended or worked at any specific school or company to ...”
July 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Part-Time Langone Interview in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear w12a7z, Great news on your interview invitation! Business school interviews mirror job interviews, so prepare like you would for a job interview (i.e., NYU Stern is the company & the Langone program is the job). You want to be able to answer a question on anything on your resume, why ...”
July 28, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Vijay, Congratulations on your new GMAT score! That is a substantial increase and you should feel proud. Whether or not you should re-apply to your previous schools really depends on if you believe the school is still a great match and you are a better candidate than last time. If you ...”
July 28, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to admission advice and evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Audrey, Without a complete profile, it is difficult to gauge your chances at any MBA program. Your GMAT score and GPAs from your degrees are integral components for assessing how competitive you are for the schools on your current list. I do think there are some positives in your profile ...”
July 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to B School Selection in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear siranak, For tips on identifying schools that might be a match for you, please read our sticky on school selection. There are many factors to consider when determining your school list, most of which are specific to you. Once you have a possible list, then I strongly encourage you to ...”
July 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Most business school faculty recommend math classes or other quantitative, analytical courses. If you have substantial quant/analytical coursework on your transcript with high marks, then you could take a finance or accounting class as a way to begin learning concepts, terminology and theories. ...”
July 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Am I over reaching? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear CalCpa, Without knowing more about you and a GMAT score, it is difficult to comment fully on your chances at any program. Based on what you posted, it is possible you have a chance at the schools on your list with a strong, overall application package. Each component needs to be strong and ...”
July 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to EXTRA CURRICS in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shashank, Extracurricular activities are generally clubs and other organizations you are involved with outside of your coursework and/or job. Your skill level in these activities is not the focus; it is a track record of involvement, ideally with some leadership positions, that schools like ...”
July 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear chendawg, Most schools do not have a preference for online versus campus-based, or university versus community college. The only thing you need to verify is that the school is accredited. I do suggest a calculus class if you feel your performance in undergrad is not indicative of your true ...”
July 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How important is it post grad that you attend a prestigous.. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear godcre8d, It depends on what type of career you want. For any career, the main determinant of success is you. However, there are certain industries where going to particular MBA programs can help get you one step closer to an opportunity. Thus it is important to look at many factors when ...”
July 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Solid graduate work, low undergrad in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Tom, All degrees and transcripts will be evaluated. Since you earned 2 bachelor''s degrees, I think you could calculate a cumulative GPA for both degrees to report. It is really up to you on how you will report it, but the better performance in the second bachelor''s degree will mitigate ...”
July 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Your recommenders should have worked with you for close to or over a year. Depending on how closely you work together, shorter tenure could be fine, but less than 6 months might not be seen as enough time. I would pick recommenders who worked with you a substantial amount of time that they can ...”
July 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to should I care to pursue an MBA at this stage of my life? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Yes, many graduates of European MBA programs have gone on to successful consulting careers. I encourage you to research any program you are considering to determine its ties to the consulting industry and its placement in the industry for the past few years. Regards, Lisa”
July 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear allenseraphim, Based on the detail in your post, you have a competitive foundation for your MIM/MS Finance applications. I think your internships show you have sought professional experience and opportunities to practically apply your education--always a positive. To give yourself the best ...”
July 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to should I care to pursue an MBA at this stage of my life? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear dianemba, Age is neither an advantage nor disadvantage in the MBA admissions process. It goes hand-in-hand with amount of experience which fits into the bigger picture of your rationale for an MBA at this point in your career. While being 32 at matriculation puts you on the higher end of ...”
July 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to High GPA, but not from a prestigious school in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Avinash_Tyagi, The rigor and competitiveness of your undergraduate institution is considered in your evaluation as an MBA applicant. However, your 4.0 indicates academic achievement and aptitude, which is always a strength in your application. Going to a school that does not have a ...”
July 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Harvard 2+2 admission? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Prashant, You have several pieces to build a strong foundation for a competitive application to HBS 2+2. You are still missing a key piece in your GMAT score, so you will need to score well to remain competitive. I also suggest you ask one of your supervisors from Shell to write one of ...”
July 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to requesting profile evalution in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gunjangc, You have some positives in your profile, like your transcript and work experience. You also have some question marks and potential weaknesses to think about and possibly address in your future applications. For example, you do not have a GMAT score and where you score will be ...”
July 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Fuqua Admissions Chances in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ls1234, I think you have a chance at Fuqua, as well as many other programs in the NC area. Kenan-Flagler is a great program and one to also consider. The main questions in the minds of the admissions committee that you need to address in your application are why do you want an MBA and how ...”
July 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Assistance Needed - NYU Langone Part Time Fall 2011 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Mood Indigo, I do think it is possible, but it all depends on how strong your entire application package is. Your essays and recommendations are critical in the process. If you submitted a complete application on April 4, and still have not heard anything (not an interview invite or any ...”
July 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA Candidate profile assesment please! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mkuppalli, While your GMAT score is below average for your target schools, it is not out of range. Your GPA is above average and you have your other application components (essays, recommendations, resume, interview) to further balance and strengthen your application. I think you have a ...”
July 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Your current industry or functional area, in and of itself, is not enough to set you apart from other applicants. It is what you have done with your career--how have you added value? have you progressed quickly? have you made tangible contributions to your organization?--that will help you to stand ...”
July 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What are my chances - Indian IT Male - 740 (Q50,V40) ? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear krackgmat, Your profile is competitive for either full-time or executive programs. I think you need to determine which makes more sense for you based on your career goals and expectations of the program. In an executive program, you will continue to work and not do an internship; you will ...”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Solid graduate work, low undergrad in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear tjdeluca, While I have not seen your entire transcript from Cornell, a cumulative 3.2 is not low. It is actually average for most MBA programs. With your high GPA from your master''s and strong GMAT score, your academic profile for business school is an advantage for you. In other words, ...”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to B-Schools For Management Information Systems in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Dhruv, A great way to search for MBA programs that offer elective coursework in a specific functional area is on www.mba.com. From there, you can also see a class profile of the school or visit the school''s website for the most up to date profile. The profile will show you the GMAT range, ...”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Should I Retake GMAT (710)? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ds17, A 710 is a great score, certainly nothing to be worried about in terms of your profile. While your raw quant score is not as high as you wanted, it is respectable. Your undergraduate transcript and professional experience will further demonstrate your quantitative aptitude. Since ...”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to BANKER'S BLUEPRINT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shashank Raina, There is no way to "game" the admissions process. Writing your resume in a specific format or using certain key words will not gain you any advantage. The best way to position your application for success is to present your background and experiences in the most ...”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Part-time Programs in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Toddius, If you want to make a significant career change, then a full-time program is probably your best option. The break on your resume allows you to redirect your career and gain experience with an internship. How much "value" one attributes to a degree is subjective, so I ...”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to My chances at Booth, Wharton and Insead in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“All MBA programs will have solid finance curricula, so you need to determine which have the electives you seek in asset management and/or have strong ties to the firms you are interested in pursuing for employment. NYU Stern is still a highly selective school. For the quickest way to determine how ...”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Building an Alternative Transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear deeptideepti, I think the pre-MBA courses or the undergraduate coursework is fine as long as there is a quantitative/analytical component to the class. Likewise, I think your explanation/reasoning for the time length of your master''s degree is on the right track. Regards, Lisa”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear itmsti, It is possible, but hard to comment more fully based on your post. There are many factors in the evaluation of an MBA applicant. Earning high marks in a graduate degree could be helpful in showing your ability to succeed in the classroom, but if your only reason for the degree is ...”
July 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bleepbloop, You have a competitive profile for any MBA program, including top programs like the ones you are targeting. If your citizenship is China, then you will be viewed as an international applicant from China. I do see many positives in your post and many opportunities for you to ...”
July 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation HBS/WHARTON EMBA, 730 GMAT, African in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear JWMIT123, You have a competitive profile for these two programs; however, you will need strong application packages to receive an offer of admission. For HBS, it is critical you convey your reasoning for the full-time program in your application package as you are on the high end of the ...”
July 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Building an Alternative Transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear deedee_deedee, An alternative transcript is a transcript of coursework, taken for a grade but not towards a degree and after you have completed a bachelor''s degree. The purpose is to demonstrate your ability to succeed in the classroom, especially in quantitative courses, when you might ...”
July 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Building an Alternative Transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear wishingonastar87, If the school is still accredited while you take the courses, then you should be fine to take the courses there. Just be sure to get several official copies of your transcript as soon as the grades are final so that you have them for application purposes. If you would ...”
July 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear rura, Schools evaluate your application holistically, so each component is considered with no one component being more important than another. Thus you want to present the strongest overall package possible, mitigating any potential weaknesses. Your GMAT is on the lower side for your ...”
July 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to ONE STEP AT A TIME in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shashank Raina, Your plan sounds reasonable if you aspire to work in banking and finance for your career. What matters is that you are gaining experience that makes sense for your career goals. Regards, Lisa”
July 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to ESSAYS in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shashank Raina, If by authentic you mean real or truthful, then the answer is yes. Everything and anything in your applications must be the truth and not something you make up or exaggerate. Schools have started investigating applicants reported data, so you are running a risk of reporting ...”
July 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Tszching, I think it will be tough for you to gain admission to a US school with your current test scores and academic record. Schools need to feel confident you can handle the rigor of the program in an English-only environment. While you can demonstrate a strong command of English ...”
July 15, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear arni, You are correct on your assessment of your profile and your challenges thus far. With your target list, it is going to be difficult to gain an offer of admission without a stellar application package that distinguishes you from many other similar applicants. Your GMAT does need to be ...”
July 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Is my age an issue? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear deedee_deedee, Your age is not a negative and within the mid-80% range for age of most MBA programs. It is on the higher end of the age range, but that does not make it a disadvantage. What is important for you (and any other applicant) is to convey your rationale for why you want your MBA ...”
July 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Do you think I have a shot@MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear aryan0007, You have a competitive profile for your target schools with many positives. While you don''t have any glaring weaknesses, the challenge for any applicant to a top program is distinguishing his/her application from the competition. It seems you might have some unique experiences ...”
July 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to PREREQUISITES in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shashank Raina, An applicant to an MBA program is not required to visit the campus at any point in the admissions process, but schools do like to see prospective students visit. While there might be a few schools that require an on-campus interview (should you be invited), most schools ...”
July 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Value of Research Papers, Local work vs Internships abroad? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear aritrapaul, Published articles and papers do add value, but how much is debatable and varies from program to program. You should definitely include these achievements though as being published is commendable. Professional work experience will always be viewed as more valuable since an MBA ...”
July 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mbaplease!, I do not think a top 25 MBA program is unreasonable for you at all. Your professional experience does not count you out nor is it viewed negatively. What matters is what you have done in your career and it seems you have done well. You are right that you can''t change your ...”
July 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Will my age be an issue? Where should I apply? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear deeptideepti, Your age and amount of experience are not a huge issue. While you are on the higher end of the range for a traditional full-time program, you are not out of range. The key is to convey why you want to do the full-time program effectively. Are you looking to make a ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to My chances at Booth, Wharton and Insead in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear resilient 123, Based on the information in your post, I think you have a competitive profile for any program. Since you are targeting the most selective programs, it is not enough to have a competitive profile; you will need to submit a stellar application package that makes a compelling ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to need a guidance in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear pradep thangaraj, I encourage you to do some research on what an MBA degree is, the MBA admissions process, and the career paths of MBAs. A great place to start is www.mba.com, as well as many other websites. If you believe you want to pursue a graduate degree at some point, whether an MBA ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I reiterate my earlier comment: do not expend resources on a retake if it means sacrificing other parts of your application. For top programs like your target schools, each piece of your application must be strong. At a 710, you are at/slightly above average for most schools on that application ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Stern Part-time Langone Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Anthony, Your meeting with the admissions office will be your best source for how to address the concern(s) of the admissions committee. I would be surprised if your GMAT is the issue at a 670 (but I''ve been surprised before). It is more likely your professional experience and/or ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Stern Part-time Langone Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear nyusternfan163, I honestly don''t know enough about your background and reasons for wanting an MBA to comment on whether you are a "strong, so-so or weak" applicant. Decisions are made on more than a profile, and certainly more than a GMAT, GPA and number of years experience. ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT score of 630? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear nellyda, Your GMAT score is in range for NYU Langone, but is on the lower end of the range. Depending on the strength of the rest of your application, it might be sufficient. However, if you have time and a retake won''t sacrifice other aspects of your application (like essays, resume), ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Rural managment in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Kishore, Could you define what you mean by rural management? Perhaps if I had more detail on your future career goals it would help to steer you towards some keywords that would help you identify potential program matches? Once you can identify programs that match your career interests in ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Where do I stand and what schools can I think of applying? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gmatInv, First, your GMAT score is not "appalling." While I understand your expectations were higher and it might not reflect your abilities, it is still a solid score, particularly the quant score. While I think your current score will not result in an automatic rejection at ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Fuqua JD/MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear dualhopeful, I agree--earlier is best. Not only because of the time you might not have once law school starts, but also because you have decided it is what you want to do so why wait. There is no advantage to applying in a later round. Based on your post, I think you have many interesting ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Harvard 2+2 admission? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Kamranga, First, you need to check the requirements for the HBS 2+2 program as there is a specific window in which you can apply. Be sure you are still in that window as a college senior before you expend any resources on an application. Likewise, be sure you meet all the other ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Evaluation for NYU Stern Part time in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear revexrevex, I think your profile is competitive for Langone with a strong GMAT/GPA. Your have substantial professional experience, so you will need to use that to your advantage in showing your progression and successful track record. The key for any part-time program, but especially one ...”
July 10, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear dairymilk, It is hard to say if you need to expend resources on a retake as you do not indicate which schools you are targeting. Your 710 is certainly competitive for any program, but decisions are made on more than a GMAT score. I think you have many positives in your profile, so if you ...”
July 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Stern Part-time Langone Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear nyusternfan163, A higher GMAT score will certainly not hurt, but your 640 is in range for Langone. Your GPA and professional experience demonstrate your aptitude and might be enough to make the admissions committee comfortable you can handle the rigor of the program. With Langone, you want ...”
July 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Harvard 2+2 admission? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear thedarkside, Your current academic record will be a concern and could hinder your chances at HBS. Successful 2+2 applicants generally have stellar academic records plus high GMAT scores, not to mention exceptional leadership experience through extracurricular activities. While there are ...”
July 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mmmbillski, All application components play a factor. When you have a potential weakness, like a below average GPA in your case, you want to mitigate it as best you can. With a GPA, you want to both show that you are capable of high academic achievement and give the admissions committee ...”
July 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Slightly Bitter Reapplicant in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Dear thermon, To answer your questions: - I believe I can reasonably aim for the top of the top business schools. Am I wrong? - I never thought I’d need to retake the GMAT with a 760, but now I’m wondering. I was disappointed with my quant score, and I know I can do better. Is it possible ...”
July 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear kiwi001, There are many online options that are sufficient; the number seems to grow all the time. There are not necessarily preferred programs; the only thing you need to verify is that it is accredited. Many of the California schools have extension schools that offer courses. The ...”
July 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MSc in Management - Choice between 2 schools in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lbtbouley, You are the only one who can make this decision. My advice to you is to determine which program will allow you to actualize your goals, particularly goal 1 of working outside of France. It is possible either program has the curriculum, industry connections, and resources to help ...”
July 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Eval for Top 10 Hopeful in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear beehagit, Based on your post, I would say you are on track for a competitive profile to any program. Be sure to apply within your 5 year window for your GMAT score as it is outstanding (congrats!). Other than continuing your career progress, the best thing to be doing is seeking out ...”
July 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Admission in Langone in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shashi, I think it is possible you could be admitted to the Langone program at NYU with a strong overall application package. While your 640 might be below average, it is likely in range. If you have a record of high academic achievement and a successful career track record, then you can ...”
July 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: 710 GMAT 5 years work ex in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“There are schools everywhere that will match your criteria. What is important for you to determine is if these programs have strong enough ties to the companies/industry you want to work in post-MBA. Perhaps look at where companies you aspire to work recruit MBAs from as a way to identify schools ...”
July 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: 710 GMAT 5 years work ex in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear chaosgirl, There are many positives to your profile that will be of interest to any MBA program. The key is to submit a strong, overall package to get a positive decision. Thus effectively use your essays, recommendations, resume and (hopefully) interview to make your compelling case for ...”
July 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Stern Part-time Langone Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear goodday, There are certainly positives to your profile, and scoring over a 700 on the GMAT will further strengthen your application. The main questions in the minds of the admissions committee will be why you want an MBA and why now in relation to your career goals. How do all of these ...”
July 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Is my profile top 10 worthy? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Vinnaray, I think you have a shot at the 4 schools you note in your post with a strong, compelling application package. However, these are highly selective top 10 global programs, so you would be prudent to add 2-3 other schools that are not as selective to your list. I would encourage you ...”
July 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Need some ADVICE! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear vgharibj, You can''t change your GPA, so you need to balance it out with other application components and mitigate the concern the admissions committee might have as a result. Your GMAT score being in the 700s will help to demonstrate your aptitude, but you might consider taking 2-3 courses ...”
July 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Gary, A top MBA program might be a possibility, but much will depend on what your GMAT score is and the strength of your entire application package. What you need to be sure to address in your applications (and be prepared to discuss in an interview) is why an MBA in relation to your career ...”
July 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ajphish, Your career is mostly determined by what you make of it--meaning you can pursue the career you want or you can settle for a "static corporate life" as you posted. If you are interested in accounting, then a CPA is certainly an important step and required by some firms. ...”
July 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Abhishek, Schools where you have a better chance of being admitted will be those that are a good match for you in terms of curriculum and resources (i.e., student programs, alumni & industry connections) and where your profile is above average. However, you will still need a strong ...”
July 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Young CPA - Please Evaluate, Thanks!! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You might want to address your lack of community or extracurricular activities. Perhaps you are involved in something and did not note it? Schools like to see that you have a balanced life/outside interests, so maybe find an organization to be involved with in the next year. Good luck on your ...”
July 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gauravjha, To answer your questions: 1) Does being in Indian It Male category with an average profile hampers my chances of getting accepted. 2) Does absence of any community work (NGO etc.) reduces the diversity in my profile. 4)What are the qualities that schools look for in candidate ...”
June 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Daniel, I think you have a competitive profile for the Evening and Weekend program at Haas. While your quant score on the GMAT is not where you want it, it is not low enough to be concerning with your high marks in quant coursework and analytical professional experience. Be sure to provide ...”
June 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Young CPA - Please Evaluate, Thanks!! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear CPA2011, Your GMAT score will be telling on your competitiveness for your target list, but the rest of your profile is solid for your schools. If you score above your minimum 650 target, then I think you should go with your proposed reach and reasonable schools noted. With a strong ...”
June 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to 640 GMAT Competitive for top schools? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear cees, I think it is possible you could be admitted to GSB, Kellogg or Stern with your current profile if you have a great set of essays and recommendations plus a strong interview. The main concern will be your quantitative aptitude as the lack of quant coursework with the low quant score ...”
June 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Moto2688, While below average for your target schools, your GMAT and GPA are within range for a competitive application. To be competitive, you will need a strong set of essays and recommendations, not to mention interview. In essence, you need to provide a compelling reason to offer you ...”
June 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request! :) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Wayward-Bound, Your profile is competitive for any MBA program you feel is a good match for you relative to your career goals. Top 10 programs, like those you noted, are highly selective, so be sure to make every aspect of your application strengthen your candidacy. It is also prudent to ...”
June 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to EMBA v. Full Time (Columbia & Anderson) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Ryan_TCPE, How accessible elective courses, student clubs and other resources are to EMBA students at Columbia is really a question best answered by the Columbia EMBA office. Programs vary on what access EMBA students have to electives and other resources, so the most accurate answer will ...”
June 25, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MSc logistics and Chain Supply or Intl Business Management in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear katy, You need to pursue the degree option that makes the most sense for the career you want. What do you want to do in your career? I encourage you to really think about where you want to be in your career over the next 5 years and select the degree program that best matches your ...”
June 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear HeathP, Admissions is a bit different for MAcc and PhD programs than for MBA programs. If you can find statistics (like average GMAT scores) for those specific programs, then that is what you want to use as your benchmark for your profile. With your strong academic performance at the ...”
June 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mbaftw, You have done all you can do in terms of scoring well on the GMAT and earning high marks on an alternative transcript. The only thing left to do is write a strong set of essays, including an optional essay when given an opportunity on your rocky academic start. I would suggest ...”
June 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Should i Retake the GMAT ! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Showing quantitative aptitude and a strong knowledge of/proficiency in calculus is more valuable from an admissions perspective than business courses. If you decide to take any classes, then taking a math class (perhaps statistics) would be the best choice with average grades in quant courses in ...”
June 21, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear BAA, It sounds like you have several positives in your profile and could be successful in your application. Your GPA is close and you have both mitigating circumstances and recent coursework to show your abilities. If you score well on the GMAT (620+), then that will also show your ...”
June 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Round 1 vs. Round 2 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear p237.iitb, There is not a significant advantage to applying in round 1 versus round 2; you do want to apply by round 2 though as most schools make the majority of their admission offers to applicants in the first two rounds. The disadvantage after round 2 is that there are so few seats left ...”
June 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear wishingonastar87, The admissions offices of those programs are the best ones to direct you on how to mitigate your GPA. If they do not offer any option to demonstrate your ability to do well in the classroom like taking courses or a high GMAT, then that might be a sign that an application ...”
June 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Need Suggestion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear GMAT-2011, With the limited information posted, it is difficult to say what your chances will be at any business school. You have the foundation for a competitive application; however, decisions are based on more than numbers. With 10+ years of experience, you might consider executive MBA ...”
June 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Duke - LSE - LBS comparison in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Great news on your admission offers, but you are correct that deciding where to go can be quite difficult. As we have noted previously, there is an advantage to being geographically near where you want to work while in business school. However, you are also in control of your job search and can ...”
June 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Should i Retake the GMAT ! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Certificate courses could be helpful, but I think a higher GMAT score might be more valuable to your application based on your profile. It is quite difficult to say with certainty that one route is better than another as schools view these application components differently (i.e., some schools put ...”
June 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Stern Part-time Langone Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear liannedoll, NYU might view your work experience attractively, as well as your education, but I don''t have enough information to comment with certainty. Your academic performance prior to college and SAT scores are irrelevant to MBA admissions. I encourage you to visit the NYU Langone ...”
June 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please guide me in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear lkash, Most MBA programs require the GMAT, so it is the first step if you want to go to business school. I encourage you to do some research on what an MBA is and MBA careers to determine if it is the next step for you. Then you can do further research on the MBA admissions process and MBA ...”
June 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to I want to go to HBS, MIT, Standford, or Fuqua in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear JP, I think it is possible you will be competitive for your target schools, but it will depend on what your GMAT score is and the strength of your essays, recommendations, and (hopefully) interviews. If you feel you are ready to enter business school in fall 2012, then you should apply this ...”
June 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bisu18, Most schools prefer applicants to have worked at least two years full-time after completing a bachelor''s degree before applying to business school, but it is not usually a requirement. You should apply at the point in your career when you feel you are ready and need the MBA to ...”
June 17, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation: European, 27 yo, General Manager in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear emalby, Based on the limited information in your post, you appear to have a solid foundation for a competitive application to top MBA programs. Whether or not you receive admission offers will be determined by how well you present your background and rationale for an MBA in your application ...”
June 14, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for a Canadian, eh? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Tom, The short answer to your post is yes, you are getting a bit mired in the details of your GPA. MBA programs will look at your overall percentage (including all courses--even the one you failed), as well as scrutinize your transcript for patterns and trends in individual courses and ...”
June 14, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear deepsea13, To truly know how your 60% compares, you might think about having your transcript evaluated by a global credentialing service. You might actually be closer to an average GPA on a 4.0 scale than you think. Since your profile is highly represented in the global MBA applicant pool, ...”
June 14, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bschoolmania, I do think your application might benefit from an alternative transcript based on your academic performance in quant coursework in college. While a solid 700+ GMAT score will mitigate your GPA to some degree, earning an A in a quant course will demonstrate your motivation to ...”
June 14, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile. Filipino student for 2012 admit in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear baume7, I think your school list is appropriate for your profile. Be sure to submit a strong set of essays conveying your rationale for the MS degree as how compelling your rationale is can be a differentiator for you. Good luck, Lisa”
June 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation request : Insead in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear KT, I think you have a chance at INSEAD with a strong, compelling application package. You have a competitive profile, so now you must create an effective set of essays to make your case for a seat in the class. Likewise, you want to be sure each application piece adds value and none ...”
June 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for a Canadian, eh? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear tommycanuck, Based on your post, you seem to have all the pieces to create a compelling application for your schools. How effective your applications are will depend on the strength of your essays, resume, recommendations and interviews. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time, but try to ...”
June 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to INSEAD or ISB Admission in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Arnab, I think it will be quite difficult to overcome your GMAT score for INSEAD and ISB relative to the applicant pools at these schools. While I do not have all of the relevant information, it seems your background and work experience puts you in a large subset of the applicant pool where ...”
June 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Reapplication to HBS, GSB, Sloan with Changed Career Vision in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Eloquent Gent, Reapplicants are not viewed negatively or necessarily evaluated to a different standard. What you should be mindful of in writing your applications though is that your previous application could be pulled and compared to your new application. Thus you do not want to resubmit ...”
June 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Anything is possible--but your target schools will be more within reach the stronger your total application package is. It is always prudent to have a good mix of schools, so you might want to have 2-3 reasonable to safety options on your list as well. Regards, Lisa”
June 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Pawan, It is hard to comment on your chances with the limited information you provided. Admissions decisions are made on more than numbers. Your academic performance, GMAT score, and quantity of work experience are a solid foundation for a competitive application. However, you will need a ...”
June 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Where do I stand? 2012 aspirant in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You need to disclose all education at the undergraduate and graduate level, so you will include your post-grad diploma. You might also be required to submit a transcript for it; thus be sure to make arrangements for obtaining/sending an official transcript. The best way to mitigate a low GPA is ...”
June 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear labatmolso, Your GPA will not hold you back, but you do want to make sure your other application components are strengths for you. In other words, give the admissions committees plenty of reasons to want you in the class, but no reason to pass on you. I also encourage you to submit an ...”
June 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request: Insead in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear hardikm, You have the foundation for a competitive application to INSEAD. The ultimate decision will be based on the strength of the overall application package, so be sure to have a great set of essays and recommendations to complement your GMAT, GPA and work experience. With regard to ...”
June 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to INSEAD Profile Evaluation Request R2/Jan 2012 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear thedreamer, I think you have the pieces for a solid application package to INSEAD, but how competitive your overall package is will be based on the strength of the essays, recommendations, resume and (hopefully) interview. Your transcripts will be an advantage and demonstrate your ability ...”
June 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Where do I stand? 2012 aspirant in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Ankur, First, I highly encourage you to make sure you meet the requirements for the accelerated MBA programs (particularly in the US) as many specify you have completed undergraduate coursework to be eligible. If you do meet the prerequisites and are eligible to apply, then I think you do ...”
June 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Am I hard enough... am I rough enough... am I rich enough... in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear eloquentgent, You have the foundation and profile for a competitive application. The challenge is in creating the complete package to both distinguish you from the numerous similar applicants and make a compelling case for your admission over others. Your school list is full of the top ...”
June 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Very Low GMAT score - 490 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Sam, It is difficult to comment fully on your chances with the limited information you posted. However, I do think you should be concerned about your GMAT score. MBA programs look for applicants to score at a certain level on the GMAT, as well as on the individual sections, as your GMAT ...”
June 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Need advice on MBA program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Biju, If you want to make a significant career change, then a longer program could be helpful in that endeavor as it would give you an opportunity to do an internship and gain relevant experience. While it would not be impossible to make the change from a 1-yr program, you are correct that ...”
June 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Should i Retake the GMAT ! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear sohrabkalra, While your current 720 is competitive, a higher score might strengthen your application for the reasons you noted. Your essays and interview, not to mention recommendations, can mitigate the lower verbal score to some degree and demonstrate your command of English. However, ...”
June 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA aspirant without workexperience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear avi.agarwal89, If you want to go to business school, especially in the US, then you will need to take the GMAT. The higher the score, the better, but you definitely want to be in the upper 600''s or in the 700''s as an international applicant to be competitive. I encourage you to do some ...”
June 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Good GMAT Score and Average GPA, required guidance in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You want to target schools that make sense for your career goals. So, in your case, you want to apply to programs with supply chain concentrations and connections to companies in your desired industry(ies). Regards, Lisa”
June 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Good GMAT Score and Average GPA, required guidance in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Kunal, You have the foundation for a competitive application to your school list. At this point, I think the best action you can take is to spend considerable time on the remaining application components like your essays, resume and interview preparation. You want to have a strong package ...”
June 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to cost of MBA ,scholarship and funding in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear piku9290, Cost varies by school as tuition, fees, and living expenses are not the same from program to program. This type of information is usually accessible on the website for each program, so you should be able to see what the potential cost will be prior to applying to a school. ...”
June 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear cheesenchocolate, Top 10 b-schools are fiercely competitive as they have large applicant pools for a small number of seats. As such, you will want to have a strong application package that gives many reasons to admit you and no reason to pass on your application. You have a common profile ...”
June 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Need Direction -Please help! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear pushkarsikka30, If you want to enter business school directly from your undergraduate engineering studies, then you will need a high GMAT score (720+) along with a high GPA and your current track record of extracurriculars and part-time/intern work experience. Since you will not have any ...”
June 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Stern Part-time Langone Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear vagabond79, Formal meetings are tough to get, but you can usually meet with an admissions professional informally at an MBA forum event (i.e., World MBA Tour, The MBA Tour, etc.) or at information sessions. These events are opportunities you should take advantage of to both learn about the ...”
June 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear NYC493, For the best assessment of your profile and insight into how our services might help you, I encourage you to request a free consultation on our website at www.stacyblackman.com. During the consultation, you will have a more personalized and in-depth discussion regarding your ...”
May 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to MBA IN US WITH no work experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear UDITKTODI, Gaining admission without full-time work experience is not impossible, but it is challenging. Additionally, your degree might not be viewed as equivalent to a US 4-year degree by many US schools making you ineligible to apply. Thus you will need to verify your degree equivalency ...”
May 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Stern Part-time Langone Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Jim01234567890, I think your current profile is competitive for Langone. You are correct that your professional experience and CPA will demonstrate quantitative aptitude, along with your performance in college. I''m not sure you need to retake the GMAT--a higher score won''t hurt, but it ...”
May 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Help in Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“All schools accept applications from applicants who meet the requirements. Most schools do not have a requirement for work experience, but do prefer at least 2 years post-bachelor''s degree. Many schools have started to accept more applicants with 2-4 years experience as the global applicant pool ...”
May 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Help Need: Retake the GMAT, What else to do ? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“GMAT is not the only measure, nor the most important. You want to look at GMAT, GPA, work experience and other demographics. If you are above the average for GMAT & GPA that is good, but if you are in the majority for geography or undergraduate degree, then that means you might face greater ...”
May 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Undergrad Transcript Advice Needed in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ljordanf, A tough one...your 3.36 is a solid GPA, but you are right to be concerned with your performance in individual quantitative courses. Taking a calculus class and doing well (A) will certainly demonstrate your aptitude and assuage concerns. However, scoring 45+ on the quant section ...”
May 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Validity of TOEFL score in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Shankaran, Great question. TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years. The question is where the school draws the line on that 2 years. Is it at the date of entry? or is it at the date of application? Unfortunately, there is not consistency on that answer. I would suggest verifying with any ...”
May 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Part-Time NYU MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear NYC Texan, 1.) Any thoughts on my motiviations for the Langone program? 2.) Chances of admission given I will only have a couple years work experience at the time of my application? 3.) Chances of financial aid with GPA / GMAT? Your rationale for the Langone program is reasonable and in ...”
May 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Applying to NYU Langone PT MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Doing your research on the programs so you can tailor your essay answers is key in submitting a strong application. Be sure to ask someone you trust to read over anything before you submit so you don''t miss small errors. If you can afford it, you might consider working with a consultant as a ...”
May 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Help Need: Retake the GMAT, What else to do ? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mn2010, Congratulations on your new GMAT score! It does put you in a better position and more in range for top MBA programs. However, you are right to be concerned with your verbal score. Be sure your essays and recommendations, not to mention your interviews, are stellar and demonstrate ...”
May 23, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Waitlist Tips from Stacy in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear visitor13, If the school does not specifically state otherwise, I highly encourage you contact the admissions office regarding your application to determine why you were placed on the waitlist. That way, you can target your update materials to address the specific concerns and questions of ...”
May 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bschoolmania, Since your performance improved in your last 2 years and you earned a B or higher in your quant coursework, I''m not sure an alternative transcript is necessary. It depends on how strong the rest of your application package is, specifically your work experience and ...”
May 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Is EMBA worth the money in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear vmdb, There are differences in a traditional daytime (full-time) MBA and an executive MBA program in terms of curriculum and resources. The reason being is the student population is at a different point in its career (5 yrs v. 15 yrs avg experience). EMBA students are further along and ...”
May 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Expert opinion needed - Profile Help in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear maus, There are positives in your profile that are attractive to all business schools. You have a solid GPA, commendable volunteer work, and good work experience. For the tier 1 schools however, you must make a compelling case for your admission over other applicants as well as have a ...”
May 20, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to concern about GMAT score and work experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Piku, I encourage you to do some general research on business school and the admissions process. I think you will find it valuable in answering your questions on what admissions committees are looking for in applicants, as well as helpful as you craft your own application strategy. There ...”
May 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Suffolk University MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Hima, Congratulations on your 3 offers of admission! The best one is really more a question of which is the best one for YOU. You need to consider your career goals relative to the curricula and resources of each program, as well as geography, alumni connections, and culture/environment. I ...”
May 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Peace Corps volunteer needing desperate advice in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear zab002, All application components are equally important in your evaluation for MBA admissions. Thus your experience is as important as your GMAT. Where your Peace Corps experience might be helpful though is that it will lend your career goals in nonprofit management to seem more realistic ...”
May 16, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Recommendation from a family member in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear JJ, It is always best to avoid a family member if possible so as to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Most importantly, your recommendation might not be viewed with as much value coming from a family member. However, if your only professional references possible are from ...”
May 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“If you believe you can increase your score and have the time, then it would be worth retaking. However, you should not spend the resources on a retake if it will sacrifice other parts of your application or if you do not feel you can increase your score. Best of luck, Lisa”
May 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear alpha87, It is hard to comment fully with the limited information you posted. While you have solid work experience and a high GPA, your GMAT is below average for your target schools. That is not to say your GMAT score, on its own, will result in a rejected application, but it is something ...”
May 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - How can I stand out? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear havok, Figuring out how to differentiate your application from the thousands of others is the challenging, yet crucial part of the application process. For some applicants, it is their extracurricular/community activities; for others, it is personal experiences like living or traveling ...”
May 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Eval - Non-Traditional Applicant with 640 GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“There are many good options in not only the 11-40 range, but also outside the top 40 for you. Prior to doing more research and narrowing down your list, I do think you should determine what you seek in your program and prioritize that list. That way, when researching options, you can determine ...”
May 12, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to concern about GMAT score and work experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“To be in the best competitive position, your GMAT score needs to be above the average of the schools you are targeting. For a top 20 program, your GMAT score should be in the 700s and ideally 720+. Most business schools accept applications from those with less than 2 years of experience, but to ...”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Applying to NYU Langone PT MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Many schools do not require a recommendation from a supervisor, but it is highly preferred. I encourage you to verify each school''s requirements to ensure you are meeting any specific directives. Generally speaking, you are correct to ask those that can give the best, detailed information on you ...”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Applying to Sloan Master's Program - TOEFL in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Priyanka, It depends on the school and its policies regarding TOEFL waivers. Sloan might have its policy on its website regarding eligibility for a waiver, but if not, then I encourage you to contact the admissions office regarding your case. Regards, Lisa”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to NYU Stern Part-time Langone Program in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear rishi4you, You do have a chance with your profile; however, it will be the strength of your overall application that will determine how much of one. Your essays, recommendations, resume and interview are critical pieces in your evaluation and will be instrumental in the admissions ...”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Eval - Non-Traditional Applicant with 640 GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ls413, It is not impossible to gain admission to one of your target schools with your current profile, but you are right to have some concerns. You are also correct that there will be concern around your ability to handle the quantitative rigor of the program. Your A in statistics will be ...”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to New to GMAT....need word of suggestion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear arfat1706, I am not a GMAT instructor, so you might find better advice from other forums on this site. With your work schedule, you might find self-preparation to be your best option. Many of the GMAT prep companies do offer self-directed materials and services, so you might research those ...”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear gullubadshah, Pending your GMAT score, you have a competitive profile with many positives. Your school list is appropriate for your area of focus and is a good mix of reach to reasonable schools (assuming a 700+ GMAT). The critical factor for you to have the best chance at any of these ...”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to My Application in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Ray, Perhaps. It depends on what the average GMAT is for the program(s) you are targeting and how strong the rest of your profile is relative to the class profile of the program(s). If your profile is average or slightly below average on some measures, then a higher GMAT score will most ...”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to hi in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear vignesht0303, For tips on identifying schools that might be a match for you, please visit our sticky on school selection. Happy researching! Good luck, Lisa”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile eval - emerging PE in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Having alumni in your family will not be a significant advantage, but it usually means you receive a thorough review and indicates your familiarity with the program. So, you are right that it does not hurt your chances at all. Regards, Lisa”
May 9, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear dntdntdnt, Waiting a year to simply add quantity to your work experience will not strengthen your application based on the profile posted. If you will be taking on a leadership role in the office like managing a team or significant project--something that will add depth and accomplishments ...”
May 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile eval - emerging PE in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear PE Guy, Name recognition of your firm is not as important as what you have done in your career tenure, the quality of experience you have gained and accomplishments you can note. Applicants come from many industries and companies of all sizes, so evaluations are more on your actions in that ...”
May 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Dmitry, There are some strengths and some potential weaknesses to your profile. INSEAD is fiercely competitive, so it is a reach program for any applicant. Your GMAT score is strong, and I''m not sure a higher score will make a significant difference in your ultimate decisions. If you ...”
May 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to concern about GMAT score and work experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear piku9290, Admissions committees question every applicant about why s/he wants to go to business school and why now in relation to past experience and future career goals. So, you will want to incorporate a solid rationale for why you want an MBA and why when you are applying is the ...”
May 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Looking for advice... in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear areeves1221, You have the GMAT, GPA and amount of work experience to be competitive for a top 20. However, decisions are made on more than the numbers. To give yourself the best chance for admission, you want to submit a strong, overall package conveying why you want to go to business ...”
May 6, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Gmat_aspirant_2011, 1. What GMAT score should I aim for ? 2. I am planning to take GMAT test somewhere in early September 2011. Do you think, I will get sufficient time to prepare. I can devote around 2 hours on weekdays and 6-8 hours on weekends. Is that enough ? 3. Prep books: I have ...”
May 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Regarding GPA Conversion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Most business schools will accept a transcript evaluation from either World Evaluation Services or Global Credential Evaluators. If you do receive an evaluation and a translated GPA, I would not include the translated GPA in the applications of the schools that have instructed you not to do so. I ...”
May 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Round 1 vs. Round 2 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“What action you might or might not take if you are put on the waitlist will vary by the reason your application was waitlisted and the policy of the school for waitlisted applicants. Some schools will not allow waitlisted applicants to submit additional materials or updates, but many will. For ...”
May 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Abhishek, Based on the information in your post, you have the foundation for a competitive application to any school. However, admission decisions are made on more than a profile. Your essays, recommendations, resume, and interview are critical pieces of your evaluation and ones that you ...”
May 3, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Regarding GPA Conversion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear cheesenchocolate, Most business schools are familiar with the grading scales in other countries, and in particular, that the 10 point scales are usually not an exact conversion to the 4 point scale. For the most accurate conversion, you can pay a credentialing service to evaluate your ...”
April 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Round 1 vs. Round 2 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear cheesenchocolate, Yes, you have the gist. There is not a significant advantage to R1 over R2 in terms of being admitted. But if you can submit in R1 without rushing your app/sacrificing quality, it is best to do so as being in the first round will allow you to be amongst the first ...”
April 29, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Thinking About Getting My MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Fanatical, Significant scholarships to business school are rare, especially from top 20 programs. The competition to receive an award is fierce as it is from admitted candidates, not the entire pool. I do not recommend selecting schools based on likelihood of scholarship awards, but ...”
April 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Applying to NYU Langone PT MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear AliGhumman, First, you need to determine if you are eligible to apply to the Langone MBA since you already earned an MBA. If your MBA from Pakistan is viewed as equivalent to the MBA from NYU, then you will not be eligible as schools do not award an individual the same degree he already ...”
April 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mfell, GPA always matters--but it will not hold you back from attending business school in the future. Your GPA is a reflection of your academic aptitude and performance. However, you can also mitigate a below average GPA with a strong GMAT score, a successful professional record, and an ...”
April 27, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Letters of Rec Inquiry in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ljordanf, It is not unusual to have the same recommenders for 5,6 or even 8 programs. I agree though, that it is asking for much support and effort on their part and thus you must choose your recommenders wisely. You could split the load a bit if you feel it is too much by asking 1-2 ...”
April 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear victorypants, I hope the GMAT went well for you and you scored in the range you desired. Based on the other information in your post, I think you have a good mix of reach and reasonable programs (assuming you scored 680+ on the GMAT). Your self-assessment is on target in that your ...”
April 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear asnkewlboy, Whether or not you receive an interview invitation will depend on how strong your application is relative to the rest of the pool, particularly applicants with similar education and experience. Thus your essays and recommendations are as important as your GPA, GMAT, and resume. ...”
April 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear thebigkats, You must submit a transcript from your university. Most transcripts will note class rank if the school does rank the students. The transcript will also show your GPA on the scale of the school. For the most accurate GPA conversion, you could have it evaluated by a ...”
April 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my Profile : (top 10 US schools) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Sniper, Perhaps, but it will depend on how the admissions committee views it. I would suspect it will not be viewed as significant in terms of international exposure. However, if you aspire to work in the country whose language you are learning, then it will demonstrate your commitment to ...”
April 26, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Suffolk University MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Hima, Congratulations on your admission offer & scholarship! Only you can truly decide if Suffolk meets your needs and expectations for an MBA. You must have felt it was a potential fit when you decided to apply there. Think about what you are wanting from your business school ...”
April 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my Profile : (top 10 US schools) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear sniper, 1. Is my profile competitive enough for Top 10 US B Schools? What are the major loop holes in my candidacy? Your profile is competitive for a top 10 program; however, decisions are made on the entire application, not just a profile. Since you have a common profile in the global ...”
April 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to After Mca in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Pratik khamar, It is always best to pick a graduate program based on your career goals. Future employers in any industry or profession like to see candidates that have made rational, logical choices in their selection of education and career opportunities. Regards, Lisa”
April 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Statement of Purposes evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Zlati, Stacy Blackman Consulting is happy to review any essays or statements on an hourly basis. Please visit our website at www.stacyblackman.com for details on pricing and to request assistance. Thank you for your interest in our services. Regards, Lisa”
April 22, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Only one alternative-transcript course? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear hcueva, If you believe you can earn a B or higher in the accounting class, then I think you should stick it out and try to earn the highest grade possible. Admissions committees would prefer to see a more quantitative course. Additionally, it will not look bad to earn a B or better in the ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to phd in marketing admission- low gpa in Undergrad in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“PhD admissions is quite different from MBA admissions. My expertise is in MBA admissions, so I''m not sure I can be of much help to you. Your academic marks (GPA and GMAT) are high, so that is always an advantage. Beyond that, your area of research interest and reason for pursuing a PhD are ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please Help: Profile Evaluation & MBA College Shortlisti in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Iceman1294, Relative to the many other applicants from India, your GMAT score is on the low side. I think it is a potential weakness for you, especially if it is outside the mid-50% range of GMAT scores for the schools you are applying to for admission. Most top 25 programs have GMAT ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Admitted but having second thoughts in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You have to do what you feel is best for you. Business school is an expensive investment in you and your career. Scholarships are never something to expect from any school, so you must be prepared to pay for the entire cost. I hope you are able to secure your funding and attend business school, ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to profile verification for EMBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear A. Nair, It is tough to comment fully as you did not provide much information in your post. You certainly have enough experience for the EMBA program. I encourage you to compare your profile to the LBS EMBA class profile as a way to assess the strength of your profile. Your rationale for ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear clanasf3, You have a competitive profile for your target schools, but also a common one. Your lack of extracurricular activities is a potential weakness for you, so you might want to find 1-2 organizations to get involved with now at a significant level. While business schools understand ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Unemployed but 7 yrs of work experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear kendallrose, The best thing you can do at this point is to formulate a plan to stay current professionally--have something to put on your resume, (hopefully) make some money, and keep moving forward towards your goals. You can take some classes if you believe they will be helpful ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear spain55, You have many positives in your profile for a competitive application to your target schools. However, you are correct to be concerned with your GMAT score. It is hovering at or just outside the bottom of the competitive range for these schools. That is not to say you can''t be ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Bhargab, This is a tough decision. Unfortunately, we do not have all of the information necessary to make the best decision, namely the ability to see in the future to know if you will be accepted at a school and what the job market will look like in 2014. You have to weigh the risk of ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to how to use gmat score??? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear willies, The GMAT is a standardized exam used by most business schools in the admissions process. You should always verify each school''s specific requirements for admission to determine what you need to submit and have completed to qualify for the program. For more information on the GMAT ...”
April 19, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to phd in marketing admission- low gpa in Undergrad in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Phd guy, Your GMAT score is very high and does mitigate your undergraduate GPA. However, I''m not so sure your GPA is that low. For an Indian school, a 74% is usually above average. You might consider having your transcript evaluated for an accurate translation to the 4.0 scale. ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Admitted but having second thoughts in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear PassionOnSleeves, Forgoing your admission to SMU this year to apply to schools with larger applicant pools for the following year is quite risky, in my humble opinion. Business school admissions was highly competitive this year with many schools seeing an increase in both quality and ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to GMAT 700(Q48V38) - IT Prof 6.5yrs [MBA Focus: Consulting] in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Rb, Taking the GMAT multiple times is not a negative and will not affect your candidacy. What matters is your highest score. Your 700 is a strong score and in a competitive range for your target schools. However, you will need to think about whether or not you feel increasing the GMAT ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How my GPA is valued ? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Akirab, Your undergraduate GPA stands alone, as does your graduate GPA. Both are important in your evaluation as an applicant for business school. You will submit transcripts from both degrees as part of your application as the admissions committees will want to see your performance in ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Wharton EMBA vs Berkeley-Columbia in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear malpua, Congratulations on your two admission offers! You can''t make a wrong decision; the question is more which program is the best one for your needs. I would suggest thinking about what industry you plan to pursue for your entrepreneurial venture and then determining if one of these ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear BSchool1, You have the foundation for a competitive application to any business school. The tough part is putting together the application to both distinguish your application from similar applicants and make a compelling case for your admission. Based on the information in your post, no ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Duke - LSE - LBS comparison in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“If your goal is to work in the US when you graduate, then already being in the US will be an advantage. Likewise, if your goal is to be in the EU or the UK, then being in the EU is best. It is always helpful to be geographically desirable to recruiters and be in school near the city you want to ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Pepperdine or University of Miami in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear ddsmba, It depends on your goals and what you seek from your MBA experience. Where do you want to be post-MBA in your career? industry? functional area? geographically? Which program has a better curriculum for your career interest? stronger ties to your desired post-MBA industry? Which ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How Important are Extracurriculars? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear evanescentiz, Schools do vary on how much significance extracurricular activities have in the evaluation. However, all schools look for applicants to show that they do something outside of work. Thus I highly encourage you to find a couple/few activities to become involved in between now ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to How to deal with a low GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear daniel51, -What GMAT score should I aim for? How will my low GPA affect my admission chances and what can I do to help this situation? If my low GPA can be attributed to my focus being on my extra-curricular activity and internship rather than my academics, would this be something admissions ...”
April 18, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Round 1 Non traditional applicant in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear islandgurl918, I commend you on thinking and planning so far in advance; this level of preparation will pay off for you when you start to write your applications. There are many positives in your profile, but as you already know, the GMAT is a potential weakness for you at these schools. ...”
April 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear luckyfella, You have the foundation for a competitive application to Stanford GSB. The decision, however, is made on more than a profile and thus your essays, interview, and recommendations are critical pieces to your evaluation. In your case, you need to convey a solid rationale for why ...”
April 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to One year MBA for Social Entrepreneurship in USA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear arvindt, One year programs in the US are rare as most are about 22 months long. For those that are less, they range more in the 15-18 month timeframe and usually require specific undergraduate business coursework and/or an undergraduate business degree. You might do a search on mba.com for ...”
April 13, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation: 730, 6.5 yrs IT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You will want to verify the requirements of each school you apply to regarding the TOEFL. Many schools in the US do require the TOEFL of international applicants with bachelor''s degrees from India. Regards, Lisa”
April 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Evaluation/Advice regarding work experience in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear kris1441, While you will only have a year between your return and entering business school, it is enough time to work in a position that is meaningful to your future goals. Perhaps a one-year internship with an NGO in the US? or with a for-profit company that is related to the type of ...”
April 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Need help to evaluate my essay in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Lucent, Stacy Blackman Consulting does offer hourly consulting for essay reviews. Please visit our website at www.stacyblackman.com for details on pricing and to submit a request for services. Thank you for your interest. Regards, Lisa”
April 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Hirsan, To be competitive for a top 10 program, you need to have a GMAT close to or above the school''s average. Thus I encourage you to retake the GMAT and focus on the areas where you struggled this time to give yourself the best chance for increasing your score. Ideally, you need to ...”
April 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Master's Degree Before MBA asset? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear D, Having performed at a higher level in your graduate coursework will demonstrate your commitment and motivation to academically succeed. If you earned the master''s degree while working, it can also show your ability to manage your time. So, it will help mitigate your undergraduate GPA ...”
April 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Building an Alternative Transcript in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear kpurohit28, The best way to mitigate a low GPA is with a high GMAT score. After that, an alternative transcript can also be helpful if you have a pattern on your transcript of earning less than a B in quantitative courses or not doing well in semesters where you had other time commitments. ...”
April 11, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation: 730, 6.5 yrs IT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear bschaspire, 1. How would you rate my profile? What kind of schools should I target? Are global top-10 or top-20 a reasonable target? Admissions decisions are based on the total application, not just a profile. It is good to have a sense of how competitive you are for a program based on ...”
April 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Explaining Unemployment Phase in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear mothitbaid, It is possible that this period of unemployment will have a negative impact on your applications, but it is also possible it will not. The important thing for you to do is to explain the period of time in your applications and note what you were doing during this time. Perhaps ...”
April 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to my gmat score is 710 and UCONN's class's avg gmat is 604 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear suryapal, Vineesh is on target here--admissions decisions are not based on a GMAT score alone. Just because your GMAT is above average does not guarantee anything. I highly encourage you to reach out to UCONN for feedback on your waitlist status and what you can do to strengthen your ...”
April 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Profile Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Akra, To be in the competitive range for a top 10 program, your application needs to be stellar. When you already have a potential weakness, like a below-average GPA, then that means your other application components need to mitigate that weakness. Your graduate level coursework will help ...”
April 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Master's Degree Before MBA asset? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear John, Many MBA applicants hold other graduate degrees, so it is not uncommon. Having a master''s degree is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage in the admissions process; it is simply another piece of your application that will be included in your evaluation. The important thing for you ...”
April 7, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Warwick MBA Application Essays in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear tirshad, The most important thing to remember when answering any essay question is to thoroughly answer the question, first and foremost. A common mistake is to try and make an essay you want to write (or more than likely recycle) fit the question. Also, be sure to stay within any ...”
April 4, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Request for a brief profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear john.doe.hello.world, Without a complete profile, it is tough to comment on your chances at any school. However, from what you have posted, you appear to be building a competitive profile for many schools including top 20 programs. You have a high GPA from both your undergraduate and ...”
April 1, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Looking For your Opinion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Sohrab, There are some distinct differences between a MS degree and a MBA degree with regard to curriculum, cost, and program length. Whether or not to forgo your opportunity at Cranfield to apply for an MBA is not a decision to make lightly. I think you need to evaluate what you want from ...”
March 31, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to Need help with choosing a school - UNC or Gtown? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear shaselai, Congratulations on your offers! You can make a decision purely on placement statistics, but I don''t know that it is the best approach as placement statistics are not the best indicator of your future success. These statistics are helpful in terms of information about industry ...”
March 31, 2011
Lisa Anderson posted a reply to European Business Schools: Master in Management in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear enry90, Congratulations on your admission to 3 strong programs! It seems you do have a decisions to make--but unfortunately, only you can make this decision. Where to go to graduate school is truly a personal choice as many factors should be part of your evaluation. You need to determine ...”
March 31, 2011