Margaret Strother posted a reply to Yale Essay in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“I love the Yale Commitment Essay Question! It brings up such interesting stuff. And yes, we''ve seen great outcomes with personal stories for this essay, but the most effective ''commitment'' stories are commitments that can be tested and measured. Otherwise they can read more like New Year''s ...”
November 28, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation;which mba/masters program is fit for me? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Jeesa, There is a lot of information here, so I''m going to try to parse out a few key points: If you''re looking at full-time, two-year MBAs at top business schools, your test scores definitely impact your options. The GRE might be a better fit for your test-taking style -- it''s a very ...”
November 23, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please advise - 3.0/780 in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“The good news is that everything here looks great! Your MS GPA will do a lot to outweigh your undergraduate GPA, and top MBA programs will love that awesome GMAT. I agree with Michelle from Aringo that nothing is out of reach for you, if your essays are really well done -- deep, well-researched, ...”
November 8, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to LBS or HEC which one is better ? in the The Application Process forum
“Assuming you have offers from both and you''re not sure which to accept, we''d need to know more about your post-MBA goals. Both are excellent schools, but they differ not only in location, but also in size (LBS is more than double the incoming class size of HEC), focus and industry strengths. So ...”
September 30, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 660, is it good enough to apply to top business school? in the Ask ARINGO forum
“Hi Ralph, The answer is... maybe. Top business schools will be attracted to many aspects of your profile: your GPA, your global perspective and brand-name work experience. They might overlook your unspectacular Q & V scores, but then again, they might not: it depends on the competition, and ...”
September 29, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to INSEAD/LBS/Columbia/Booth - Profile evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Nick, Interesting profile! All four schools will love your professional international exposure and your clear career vision. As others have observed here, there are significant differences between what European schools such as LBS and INSEAD find attractive, vs what the US schools are looking ...”
September 28, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to How are my chances to get in? in the Ask Admissionado forum
“Top business schools will definitely be attracted to your background, and you''re right to suspect that the GMAT will be a key factor in bringing you into serious consideration. The move from IT Project Leadership to Finance is a good step as well -- shows that you''re serious about your post-MBA ...”
September 27, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Resume - where to put publications in the The Application Process forum
“That''s a tough one! I''d say, take it on a case-by-base basis. As a rule, you don''t want to bury the adcom with data, because the more you write, the less they read. I have certainly worked with clients where an extra page of publications was appropriate; sometimes applicants email the schools ...”
September 26, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Applying with less than average work experience in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi Mahammad, There are a lot of reasons why someone with ~3 years of work experience at matriculation would be an appealing candidate for top business schools. You''ve got a terrific story to tell, and you come from a relatively under-represented country; all you need is a strong GMAT (i.e. at or ...”
August 22, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Chance at Wharton with 700 GMAT/ 3.5 GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi there! The big challenge that I see in your post is that quant score -- we''d love to see it up around 48, 49 for most of these schools. Your chances aren''t absolutely hopeless with a 46Q, but the burden will be on you to prove your quant creds through your application, resume, and especially ...”
August 19, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Chance at Wharton with 700 GMAT/ 3.5 GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi there! The big challenge that I see in your post is that quant score -- we''d love to see it up around 48, 49 for most of these schools. Your chances aren''t absolutely hopeless with a 46Q, but the burden will be on you to prove your quant creds through your application, resume, and especially ...”
August 19, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Chance at Wharton with 700 GMAT/ 3.5 GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi there! The big challenge that I see in your post is that quant score -- we''d love to see it up around 48, 49 for most of these schools. Your chances aren''t absolutely hopeless with a 46Q, but the burden will be on you to prove your quant creds through your application, resume, and especially ...”
August 19, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Review GMAT waiver letter in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Exactly. As a rule, "the more you write, the less they read," so always interrogate your own sentences for urgency: you may want to tell them this, but do they need to know it in order to act on your request? If not, you might be cluttering up their decision-making process, hence working ...”
July 25, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to 710 Q47 V41 IR8 AWA5; good enough for Harvard / Stanford ? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Well, it COULD be enough for HBS/Stanford. It sounds like you bring some really good stuff to bring to your candidacy -- leadership, international exposure, career vision. My feeling is that if you think you can improve your GMAT, even slightly, with a retake, it''s worth doing. In my experience, ...”
July 18, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Do I need to include degrees that were not completed? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Yes, but not necessarily under the "education" section of the online application. Some schools'' applications leave a space for non-degree granting studies, and you should list these courses there. If this seems to require an explanation, use the optional essay space to explain what you ...”
June 30, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Executive MBA/ part time /online MBA queries in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“In some cases, yes -- you have to be employed in order to be eligible. You''d need to research them on a case-by-case basis. The same is true for EMBA programs; again, each school will have its own criteria. Interestingly, UCLA Anderson''s highly regarded FEMBA (Fully Employed MBA) states that ...”
June 24, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Relatively low Quant score an issue for INSEAD? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Good question, Will! I''m inclined to answer your question with more questions: 1) Do you believe that you underperformed on this test, given your own background and practice test performance? Or do you think that was the best you could do at that time? I find that most people can give an honest ...”
June 4, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Admissions- suggestions- gmat in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Not sure what your geographic target or goals might be, but given your background, top US schools would actually want to see a higher GMAT. It''s no sin to take it more than once; on the contrary, making maximum effort is always a positive quality. So unless your targets are schools where 700 is the ...”
May 30, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Siddhartha, Your questions are pretty specific, so the public board might not be the best place to explore them further at this stage. I recommend contacting our office for a free analysis: https://www.stacyblackman.com/ One of our specialists will sit down with your material and help you ...”
May 30, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to 750 GMAT - sufficient for merit based aid? in the Ask Veritas Prep Admissions Consulting forum
“Absolutely no need to retake the GMAT, IMO. I''ve seen lots of merit scholarships to top MBA programs with even lower GMATs than 750. However, HBS states that their fellowships are needs-based, so expect financial need to be a factor as well, alongside strong, impactful community service leadership. ...”
May 29, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation for multiple schools in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Lots of good stuff in your profile! Top b-schools will be attracted to your solid GPA and diverse work experience. Missing for me, however, is your GMAT score, which makes a huge difference in the schools you''re targeting. So first tip: 740 plus! Next tip: VC is a dream career for many ...”
May 25, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Evaluate my profile :) in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“Failing grades can be a real issue for b-school, so try to avoid them. If you do fail classes, repeat them and get As, and be prepared to write an optional essay explaining what went wrong. Undergraduate performance is considered a predictor of your ability to succeed in graduate school, especially ...”
May 21, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT score of 570...Which colleges will consider? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“I can''t weigh in on the Indian schools, but for US and UK schools, there are some programs that don''t absolutely require a GMAT score, and other schools that are very open-minded about scores. They probably won''t be in the Top 50, but you can take it on a case-by-base basis. For example, I was ...”
May 15, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Suggestion needed for good Canadian B Schools with scores in the Research MBA Programs forum
“You''re right that age can be a factor that can negatively impact admissions, but it''s not an automatic deal-breaker, esp. with your competitive GMAT scores. How to make it work for you: first, use each school''s stated incoming class profile to assess whether ANY of their class is currently in ...”
May 15, 2018
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Seeking help on Essays for Ivey (Canada) and ESMT Berlin in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, We certainly can help applicants with any such application essay through our services if you are interested: [url]https://www.mbamission.com/[/url] We can also provide a free 30 minute consultation if that is of interest: [url]https://www.mbamission.com/consult/[/url] Finally we ...”
May 12, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 570. Do I stand chance for top US B school? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Most schools post this information in their "incoming class profile", which is generally found in the admissions part of the website. It''s harder to find for EMBAs, however. An EMBA isn''t necessarily regarded differently in the business world, but it won''t help you build the same ...”
May 8, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Seeking help on Essays for Ivey (Canada) and ESMT Berlin in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“What interesting questions! In my opinion, they are actually targeting very different aspects of your profile. The first question is obviously deeper: while you don''t need to tie this directly to some kind of professional achievement, there are a lot of assets that you could bring into this ...”
May 3, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Nonprofit Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“I love your profile! Everything looks super here: career vision, numbers, experience, community service. We''ve had great success with applicants who have passed through Teach for America; it gives you leadership at an early age, and often drops you into some unusual urban environments as well; top ...”
May 2, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 570. Do I stand chance for top US B school? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“In the US, there are some one-year programs that will be interested in you, despite these numbers. If your goals are entrepreneurial, Babson might be worth looking into; Boston University or Hult might also be options for you (I''m only looking at "brand name" schools here). You can ...”
May 2, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“Your "numbers" are good -- great GPA, great GMAT. However, you seem a bit young for a program where the average work experience is five years. So you''ll need strong, well-defined goals and deep research into the school in order to convince them that you''re ready for the ISB experience. ...”
April 23, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to TOP INTERNATIONAL MBA PROGRAM FOR AN ENTREPRENEUR in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“MBA programs that specialize in entrepreneurship -- Babson is the name that comes most to mind -- help you develop a whole spectrum of relevant skills, while connecting you to seasoned entrepeneurs and incubators that can help you put your skills to work in real-time. I mention Babson rather than ...”
April 19, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Evaluate my profile :) in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“Hi, sorry this reply is getting to you late, but I hope it will still have value for you. You''ve got an interesting profile! Top business schools will love your eye-catching, unusual professional background with recognizable employers (NASA, Raytheon), combined with your strong community ...”
April 18, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Need info on Admission Consultants for European,Asian and Ca in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Stacy Blackman Consulting has many experts on these schools. I, for one, have over 15 years of experience with successful applicants for the European and Canadian schools, and many of my colleagues have as well. Feel free to reach out for more information. Thanks, Margaret Strother”
April 10, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (Non IT) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You''ve got a great profile here! Top business schools will love your awesome GPA and all that undergraduate leadership. Looks like you are in managerial roles at work as well, but I didn''t see a clear presentation of direct reports or sizes of project teams, so I can''t weigh in on that with any ...”
April 3, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Which b schools should I look at considering my profile? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“It would be helpful to know your post-MBA goals, since different b-schools specialize in different areas, both geographically and industry-wise; this would be a significant factor in your choice of schools. In general the European schools will require a GMAT of above 700, so that''s a pretty good ...”
March 26, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Need high-level career advice & suggested MBA Programs in the Research MBA Programs forum
“Very interesting set of information here. First, the good stuff: high GPA from India, realistic focus on a one-year program, and what appears to be a strong professional record. Unclear: approximate GMAT you’re expecting, how you will afford to transplant your family for one year, specific ...”
March 20, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Is my quant score high enough for top tier schools? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Judging by the date of your post, I''m guessing that you already made this decision, but this question comes up so often that it''s worth weighing in on for the benefit of the group. My experience supports the strategy of applying now with the score you have, and THEN going on to improve your GMAT ...”
March 14, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Advise for older candidates in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“This is always an interesting challenge: if you look at the age range posted by top business schools, most MBA programs appear to have a sprinkling of over-35s in their program, but possibly only one or two to balance out the bell curve. To approach this as a task, we need to think about actions you ...”
March 13, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Dinged Analysis in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Your numbers are great, so we are looking for other factors that might have caused these dings. Some of that information is not available here, so I am just going to make some educated guesses, and see if any of it resonates for you: First, essays: Columbia and Wharton both have research-heavy ...”
March 13, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Help choosing the right school(s). in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“I''m seeing some big issues that you will want to take on if you''re targeting top-tens like Harvard and Kellogg; fewer if you are targeting second-tens like Kelley or Ross. Nothing you can do at this point about your undergraduate GPA, although taking graded courses, as you have done, provides some ...”
March 13, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Can I consider an MBA after an MiM degree? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Absolutely! But I agree with my colleagues here that some schools will be more receptive than others, and that the key will be understanding the difference between the education you''ve had thus far and what you''ll need from an MBA. especially a top MBA with an international focus. From your note, ...”
March 8, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to DUKE Fuqua or UCLA Anderson MBA in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“It is indeed a happy dilemma. Because you don''t have a limited career direction, and the pros and cons seem to come out to a tie, I agree that it''s ultimately a subjective question. I like to do a kind of visualization exercise: imagine yourself ten years from now, sitting at your desk, and you ...”
February 28, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile/What GMAT would I need? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“You''ve got some great stuff here! Top MBA programs will like your military leadership experience and GPA, and the first-generation component is always an added value as well. I generally ignore the URM component in assessing chances, because it is hard to assess quantifiably. Does all this ...”
February 27, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Review GMAT waiver letter in the Admissions Success Stories forum
“Overall, you''ve hit all the points admissions would need you to hit, but it''s rather lengthy. If I had this letter to edit, I''d cut about 40% of the text, just to facilitate communication, and do a close read to be sure that your written English is 100% correct: if you''re writing a letter to ...”
February 18, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Should I resubmit my application essay? in the The Application Process forum
“I should add that I have seen reapplicants who got as far as the waitlist , whose essays had very little to do with the question they were asked. I am surprised by how far they got with material that I think is so far off target. So I agree that while essays are an important part of the process, ...”
February 18, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Alternative Transcript Course Suggestion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Opinions are mixed on this issue, both from the consulting side and from admissions conversations I''ve had or seen. But it sounds like you''ve already strengthened your stats knowledge and gotten the grades to support that, so calculus would be next on your list. You have multiple goals in taking ...”
February 16, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Urgent -Need guidance ( MSF vs MBA after 1 year) in the The Application Process forum
“Interesting set of questions here! First, between Masters of Finance or MBA, that depends on where you hope to be in a few years, and which program will get you there most effectively. I wouldn''t base that decision on your GMAT score; instead, I''d set your target GMAT based on the incoming class ...”
February 15, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Sending a cover letter to the AdCom prior applying? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hello, I am replying to your question rather too late for it to be useful to you in the short-term, but your question has value for the group so I will weigh in on it anyway: Sending cover letters to the adcom prior to application is not the "done thing" here in the US either. ...”
February 14, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Undergrad GPA and it's potential impact on application in the The Application Process forum
“I agree with my colleagues here that a higher GMAT might not be the most important thing for you to work on at this stage. Your GMAT is competitive for the PT programs at these schools, and your relatively strong masters GPA makes that lower undergrad GPA less relevant. You will want to use the ...”
February 14, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Is my quant score high enough for top tier schools? in the The Application Process forum
“This answer may come to you too late to act upon, but you’ve presented an interesting case, so I will weigh in on it anyway. The good news is that top business schools love applicants with non-typical backgrounds, such as a classics major in undergrad. On the other hand, a 43% Q is probably a ...”
February 12, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Fuqua waitlist advice. GMAT retake. in the The Application Process forum
“Hi – you sound like a terrific applicant! And waitlist is great – you’re still in the game, and they’re interested. But yes, you absolutely want to get that quant score up, not only because Duke is heading towards a 720 average in accepted GMATs over the last couple of years, but also ...”
February 12, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Should I resubmit my application essay? in the The Application Process forum
“That''s hard to say -- it really depends how effectively you answered the question, i.e. depicted yourself in a leadership role and showed valuable impact. I like to see a lot of Kellogg-specific research in the "growth" essay, because Kellogg doesn''t have a Why Kellogg essay elsewhere so ...”
February 12, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Could I get into a top MBA with a varied work profile? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Pretty impressive career you''ve had! It looks like you''ve done some truly amazing things, both professionally and in the community. Whether you will come off as "all over the place" or "diverse and super-interesting" will depend on your other application components, IMO: if ...”
February 1, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Looking for advice - torn between a retake or moving forward in the The Application Process forum
“I agree -- definitely retake! However, you haven''t told us which programs you''re considering. That''s also something to bear in mind: look at the incoming class profile for the schools on your list. If your GMAT score is at or above the median, you''re competitive for that school. But if it''s ...”
January 3, 2018
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation for HBS 2+2 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“A quick response to this would be: Fantastic!!! I just don''t see any weaknesses in your profile, and if you read the boards, you know that''s something I rarely say. The only issue I see is timing: you want to be sure you apply within the period of eligibility, which for HBS is April 10 2018. Your ...”
December 23, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to HEC Paris Admission chances in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Looks like you have some great stuff here, but I am missing a key stat: how much full-time work experience do you have? HEC tends to go for an older class, with an average age in the late 20s and six-plus years of work experience. Your GMAT and GPA are on target, and I love that you have such ...”
December 6, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Chances at NYU Part-Time? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“There are several questions in one here. Should you retake the GMAT? Sure -- you''re currently somewhat below the median for this program (I don''t think they post averages for the part-time program, but I''m speaking from experience), and you want to be maximally competitive. But another question ...”
December 6, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Regarding GMAT eligibility in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Good question -- that really depends which programs you''re applying to. Most top MBA programs traditionally have an expectation of three or more years of full-time professional experience at matriculation, and if you''re an unpaid intern, that may or may not count towards this expectation. In the ...”
December 6, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Need Advice-GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Wow, that''s a tough one, Ashley. Your GMAT scores aren''t in range for most of the schools on your list, even though you sound like a qualified candidate in other respects. Indiana, the lowest-ranked program on your list, doesn''t give evidence of accepting anything less than 500. So what should ...”
December 6, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to PROFILE REVIEW AGAIN in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hello again! Thanks for reaching out. Your updated information is helpful, but remember all the issues I posed for you the last time you posted in May: b-school admissions is a holistic process, so you''ll want to balance out your professional LEADERSHIP (hope that''s expanding!) with community ...”
November 15, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MBA profile review in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Tallboy, I can see that my response here is coming too late to be useful to you in your first-round applications, but I''d be interested to know how that played out for you. Your GPA is excellent, and I like the broad and varied professional experience you''re bringing to the table. Top ...”
October 30, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to 2.9 GPA, 720 GMAT; Need Advice in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“First, the good news: you''ve got some great stuff here -- professionally, in the community, and it looks like you''ve got a great personal story as well. Now, that GPA is a challenge: tough sell for numbers-driven schools like UCLA. It''s somewhat mitigated by your GMAT and the upward trajectory ...”
October 27, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Evaluate my profile for MBA in USA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi -- quick answer here. To be competitive within your famously high-performing demographic, you''ll want a GMAT of around 750. To increase your competitive profile, we''d want to see your leadership: in the workplace, in university, if you lead a team on the website you run (commerce etc), and ...”
October 27, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to What are my chances? 29 year old, female, URM in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Great self-analysis there! Your clear understanding of the strong and weak areas of your profile as an applicant will be an asset in creating your applications, and attractive to top business schools as well. It looks like you''re aiming to applying in fall 2018, which would give you time to ...”
October 27, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''ve got a lot of great experience here, but I think your numbers are a bit low for the schools you''re applying to. The GPA will be an issue, and coupled with a just-below-median GMAT, it could just barely push you out of the running. So my suggestion, after reviewing your profile, would be ...”
October 22, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Is it too late to take the GMAT? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi - sorry to be getting back to you relatively late on this question, but hopefully the topic will be of general interest. You can take the GMAT the day before a school''s deadline, if necessary, so taking it Oct 15 wouldn''t be "too late" for any school whose deadline is after Oct 15. ...”
October 4, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please, can you tell my chances of admittance? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Aripov, The good news here is that Uzbekistan is underrepresented in top MBA programs, so the diversity potential will be a terrific ''add'' for you. Your GPA is also excellent. Unclear for me is whether you do have any full-time work experience, or if you''re juggling a part-time job with ...”
October 4, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to NYU PT Candidacy in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi, Admissions for the Langone program can be a lot more forgiving about the GMAT, but 660 might be a bit low for them. My recommendation would be to take it one more time, just trying to get your quant over 70% (~48 raw score). If your verbal holds pretty much where it is now, you''ll be right ...”
October 2, 2017
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation ~690 Retake? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, You are in the ''ballpark'' so to speak for both the Haas EWMBA (avg gmat 700) and UCLA FEMBA (average 680), and have enough experience to bring a lot of perspective to the table... I don''t know as much about the details of your career and CV and leadership examples and accomplishments ...”
September 23, 2017
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Second MBA Canada Profile in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, As you may know, getting a 2nd MBA is pretty challenging, in that you need to convince the admissions committee that you deserve a place in the program over other applicants who do NOT already hold an MBA.. plus your experience level (and age, but they are more looking at experience/point ...”
August 19, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Strong background, but no admits. Any tips? in the The Application Process forum
“Interesting question here! For an American (I assume) applicant with your background, your GMAT isn''t all that lopsided. Not having seen your essays I couldn''t tell if there is a problem in your school research and self-presentation, but based on what you''ve laid out here, I''m inclined to agree ...”
June 19, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“I''d like to see your GMAT closer to 720, but if it''s possible for you to also be starting your application materials, that would be wise. September comes around faster than you think! Good luck, Margaret”
June 18, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“Hello, You have great stuff here! Top b-schools will appreciate your international exposure, both in study and work experience, and the leadership you have shown both in extracurriculars and in your career thus far. One weak area is that so-so GPA, so it will be particularly important for you to ...”
June 16, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to School selection. GMAT- 710. Surgeon. Entrepreneur. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Dr Shaurya, I responded to your query on the "Application Process" board, but I do want to be sure that you saw it: Good luck! Margaret Strother”
June 13, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to School selection. GMAT- 710. Unconventional profile. in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Dr Shaurya, Lots of great stuff in your background! I love that you are not only an MD, but also an entrepreneur. Obviously, the Wharton HCM track would be something to consider, but your fit for other schools will hinge on more information than we have in this email. Top business schools will ...”
June 7, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi there! In a nutshell, I''d say you''re "somewhat competitive". Should you have a higher GMAT? Probably yes, because a lot of applicants with your professional profile come in right about 720. But even more important, in my opinion, is LEADERSHIP: how much leadership have you been able ...”
June 3, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Medical Student Interested in MBA - Profile Eval/Advice in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Great question! Yes, there is a lot you can be doing right now. Leadership is the #1 task: even if you’re not exposed to business processes, team leadership is always valuable for b-school applicants. So your community service work, your training of others, your international exposure in the ...”
May 27, 2017
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi, Thanks for your post, and congrats to you for planning well in advance... it will only benefit you in the long run! Thanks for sharing all of the detail thus far. I like your international experiences, your internship, and I''m interested in your startup, congrats on getting that ...”
May 23, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Golden99! Lots of good stuff here: top business schools will definitely be attracted to your awesome GPA and the diversity-component of your LGBT profile. Given your demographic, however, I’d love to see a stronger GMAT – your quant is super, but the verbal should be a bit higher. Much as ...”
May 5, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request and Some Questions in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Onwards! There are some terrific, differentiating points in your profile. The thesis research at MIT and the startup make a nice balance with big-name experience in the Bay Area, great grades and strong analytics. You’ll probably need one recommender from your current company, since you will ...”
April 26, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Divsragha, It appears that you’ve got a lot of great stuff to bring to your MBA applications: experience/education in India and the US, strong community involvement, start-up leadership and employer brand-recognition. But you know what I’m going to say: for the schools you’re targeting, ...”
April 26, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to IE Business School Programmes in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Robin, You will most likely have an opportunity to discuss these funding concerns in your IE application. A good way to present "need" could be to discuss the way loans would impact your post-MBA career choices. For example, some applicants might prefer to choose a post-MBA role that ...”
April 20, 2017
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to sOP Editing in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there-- just a quick note that it looks like the original post was years ago.... additionally this board is dedicated to mbaMission staff; note that Sop editing is not affiliated with us.”
April 17, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation please! in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“You definitely have a shot! But there are also areas you can optimize. First: IMO, don’t switch companies again – you don’t want to appear to be a job-hopper. Keep going for promotions in the same company, and seek out LEADERSHIP roles. That’s one thing that’s not clear to me in your ...”
March 28, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a new topic called MBA Application Timing: Now is the perfect time to begin in the The Application Process forum
“Is it too early to start working on your fall 2017 applications? Not at all. You''re right, essay topics for top MBA programs probably won''t be released until mid-May or June in most cases. Nonetheless, there is already a lot you can be working on, and now is the ideal time to start strategizing ...”
March 28, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to IE Business School Programmes in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Robin, I''d need more information about you in order to weigh in on your question. Let''s start with your "fit": where do you align with IE''s incoming class in terms of demographics, GPA/GMAT, post-MBA goals, etc? If you''re a strong fit, why do you think you might not get financial ...”
March 27, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“It sounds like you have a good grasp of the admissions criteria for top MBA programs like HBS and Stanford. Remember, they''re also somewhat different: HBS casts a much wider net, and I see people every year get into HBS with lower GMATs, when they also bring a powerful leadership profile. Stanford ...”
March 27, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“What should you do next? That depends on what you hope to get from your studies. If you are committed to these specific programs, you might want to take the road most traveled and work for a couple of years before you apply. If you''re committed to starting your studies immediately, it''s best to ...”
March 27, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Higher rank or scholarship? in the The Application Process forum
“I have to agree -- go with Vanderbilt. The difference in price would evaporate very quickly after your first year of employment, but the difference in brand and quality would last forever. By the way, don''t forget to let Vanderbilt admissions know (tactfully!) that you have this dilemma. It ...”
March 24, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Great that you are getting started so early! I wish everyone did. Now, your data so far: GPA good, GMAT -- you''ll want to retake that. Since you have the time between now and your application, you''ll want to do everything you can to be in the 730-740 range. It doesn''t make you a shoo-in, it ...”
March 24, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Arjun, Top MiM programs are looking for well-rounded young applicants, and your resume and essays will give you opportunities to display your strengths in many different areas. I don''t have enough information about you to give you more than a quick summary -- your numbers are good, and of ...”
March 24, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Help! I just bombed my GMAT in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum
“As an admissions consultant, I hear this story a lot. Many applicants who go through "one size fits all" GMAT-prep courses seem to see a gap between their practice tests and their test-day results, often as much as 50 points! As others have said here, there is a big difference between the ...”
March 16, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Does part-time MBA program matter for a non-career switcher? in the Research MBA Programs forum
“That''s hard to say -- it depends on what is normative in the upper management in your field. A little sleuthing might be helpful here: if you''re intent on staying with the same company, have a look at the bios of the top people, starting at the levels where MBAs start appearing, and simply see ...”
March 15, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi, and first of all my apologies for getting back to you so late. Hopefully this feedback will be of some assistance. For many of the schools you''re targeting, a 690 GMAT is just fine. Simon, Marshall, Mendoza and several others have a lower average GMAT, so you''re in good shape there. It looks ...”
March 3, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Review Please? (Odd GPA Situation) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi there "Hmmm IDK" (love that name...) Interesting challenge you''re posing for us! The key, in my opinion, will be that GMAT -- 720 and up should be your target, and from what I''m seeing here, that''s probably realistic for you. The thing about a low GPA: it either results from ...”
March 3, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to profile evaluation ISB 2018 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Harsha, This goal seems like a good fit for you and for your MBA studies. Long term vision would be a strong addition as well. GMAT: 720 - 730 would be super, because it would put you slightly ahead of the median for many top schools. In my opinion, you don''t need to aim beyond that because ...”
March 3, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MBA Admission Profile Evaluation Help! Chances Assessment in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Great profile here! Top business schools will love your awesome GMAT and the intensity of your work experience. It''s also great that you got that Masters in Finance to compensate for the low undergrad GPA. Will it be enough to sway GPA-sensitive schools like Wharton or Stanford? Hard to say, but ...”
February 28, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile for Top B-Schools! in the The Application Process forum
“You have lots of great responses to your query, but I''d like to add a few thoughts as well. Your GMAT will certainly limit your competitiveness with top MBA programs, but this is something you have to weigh for yourself: can you get a higher score with more study? Or is it your believe that ...”
February 27, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to EMBA Applicant Profile Evaluation in the Ask Clear Admit forum
“As noted, a stronger GMAT would be an asset for your application, even though EMBA admissions at top business schools don''t require the same stratospheric test scores that Columbia and Wharton''s full-time programs do. Still, you want to be maximally competitive, so if you can crank up that score ...”
February 27, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Experience evaluation in the The Application Process forum
“This is an interesting challenge! In my experience, what makes teaching an effective background for an MBA is the leadership you''ve had. Front-facing classroom teaching is, in itself, a leadership role; however, many teachers, especially after a few years of experience, also do training, ...”
February 25, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Chances calculator by Aringo.com with 99 lines–predictive? in the The Application Process forum
“The Aringo chances calculator is an excellent tool. These kinds of calculators aren''t intended to be the last word on the subject, but more like a baseline reality check: if you are seeing a "stretch" for a school you are really in love with, that''s telling you that you have to go above ...”
February 25, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to profile evaluation ISB 2018 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“There is a lot of good stuff here! From my experience with previous clients in your industry, I know that you will have built a lot of team leadership, which you didn’t mention here but which will be a great asset for you. Also the international exposure of the maritime industry, working with ...”
February 9, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation !! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“What an interesting profile! Top business schools will be attracted to your diversity of experience and especially the international exposure from your work in the merchant navy, but will want to know why you made what appears to be a complete leap to another industry (healthcare investment and ...”
February 9, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please help with deciding whether or not to apply soon. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Sorry that your urgent message fell through the cracks here! I''d be interested to know what you decided to do, and whether you were able to get a higher GMAT score subsequently. Had I answered this message in time, my suggestion would have been to wait: a 640 would be a tough sell for NYU, and ...”
February 1, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In a word, yes! Top business schools will love your strong, differentiated work experience in the entertainment industry, your terrific GPA, and your involvements outside the classroom. Over the next two years you can help yourself be even more competitive by taking on a leadership role in one major ...”
February 1, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Requesting Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“What a great profile! You''d do well at many top business schools, except for the Round 3 liability. (Perhaps the GMAT slowed you down this year?) The good news is that most of the schools on your list, with the exception of Anderson, take a healthy percentage of Round 3 applicants. Just be sure ...”
February 1, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MBA Profile Fitment in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Not sure I understand precisely what you''re asking, but I''ll take a shot: do you have sufficient business experience to apply for an MBA? Yes, almost three years of experience is fine. In terms of which schools you might be competitive for, I''d need to know a lot more about your background, ...”
February 1, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MBA without work ex and good profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Great background so far! Your community service and strong numbers are an asset to you, and it will be interesting to see where you go professionally from here. Quick response to your question: without work experience, you will need to target programs that specifically encourage younger ...”
February 1, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Additional Courses in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Dave, Top business schools love to see applicants who strive to improve, even after submitting their applications. However, be sure you really need the courses you are taking. If you''re taking a course just for brand value, it might not be as effective as a course that you''ve identified to ...”
February 1, 2017
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Resume Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for sharing. Yes as you are aware, the undergrad GPA is your biggest challenge. In order to do a full resume review, I would invite you to sign up for one of our free 30 minute consultations at your convenience, at www.mbamission.com/consult. For more details and dialogue ...”
January 30, 2017
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to MBA Profile Fitment in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, So I think you have 2 main elements you are thinking about right now.... 1-- is the MBA a good option for me, career wise? and 2-- will I be able to get into the MBA programs I''m interested in? In terms of the 1st q.... that is quite personal, and the most important advice is to ...”
January 24, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Gabriel -- this is quite a complex profile! Top business schools will love your diverse experience and your first-in-family college degree, and Brazil is such a desirable region right now! That said, the 2.8 GPA will present a hurdle to some schools; you''ll need an above-median GMAT to ...”
January 23, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Accepted to School X but want to go to School Y in the The Application Process forum
“Your story is not that unusual -- many people get accepted to "safety" schools but save their application to dream schools for later. I always feel that it helps admissions in some way just having one acceptance in your files, like wind under your wings. You are under no obligation to tell ...”
January 23, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to M7 Profile Review. Story help in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Very interesting challenges here! Top business schools will love your GMAT and your proactive career engagements. Now, how to make this coherent in an application? Just briefly, two things might hold your candidacy together: First, a continuous theme that runs through all of your pursuits (HBS and ...”
January 18, 2017
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Requesting Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post! So on the positive side, your grades look very strong, your GMAT is solid, and you have obviously strong analytical and quantitative skills. What I don''t know much about are any activities or community involvement, as that is a plus, nor what your main goals or ...”
January 17, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GPA 2.55 ; GMAT 700 ; WP 2 Yrs 10 Months Prior to Submission in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''ve got an interesting set of data here. Your GPA will be a challenge for pretty much any top business program, but your GMAT is above the median for the schools on your list, so that could provide some balance. If your GPA trajectory tends up over time, or if you have some super-strong years to ...”
January 9, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation- School selection in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In terms of numbers, I think you''d be competitive for most of these schools! I''d love to see more information about your leadership roles, international exposure, experiential differentiation and goals, but in terms of metrics (GPA, GMAT, years of experience) you''re pretty much on the dartboard ...”
January 6, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation for Top 10 B-schools in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''ve got some terrific stuff here! The strengths are obvious: great professional exposure, super GPA, strong differentiating points in geography and industry. There are a few things I''d need to evaluate though: 1) Leadership, currently and as a student 2) Community engagement 3) International ...”
January 6, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Over-represented Applicants in the The Application Process forum
“I don''t think you need to worry so much about this, it''s kind of like looking over your shoulder when you''re sprinting...but let me give you a few hypotheticals to take into consideration: First, what is the average/median GMAT at the MiM programs you''re considering? This is not easy ...”
January 5, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Language Proficiency Requirement for Non natives in the The Application Process forum
“An interesting comparison would be the wording Chicago Booth uses, as opposed to, say Berkeley Haas. Booth would let an Indian student waive the TOEFL if his/her undergraduate studies (not high school) were entirely in English, Haas would not. Same background, different options. Indian applicants ...”
January 5, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Pre-Experience Programs in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Shah, Absolutely! You can sign for a completely free consultation with one of our all-star advisors at: http://www.stacyblackman.com/contact/. We can answer questions, provide advice and help set you up to make your MBA dreams come true in 2017. Best wishes, Margaret Strother”
January 5, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MS before MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I hesitate to speculate about how top MBA schools will respond to your academic background, but they will certainly understand the constraints of your situation. Probably best to revisit the question of school choices after you have a GMAT score, because admissions is such a holistic process: age, ...”
January 5, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Language Proficiency Requirement for Non natives in the The Application Process forum
“Most top business schools will permit this kind of university certification to replace the TOEFL, but not all. For example, the University of California system -- UCLA and Berkeley, among others -- require the TOEFL for applicants from India, regardless of the language of instruction in their ...”
January 1, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Over-represented Applicants in the The Application Process forum
“That''s kind of a gray area, but if you were my client we would certainly focus on emphasizing how Canadian you are. Of course it''s important that your numbers be high, not only because of the high GMATs and GPAs of applicants from China but also because it''s often the numbers that first get you ...”
January 1, 2017
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MS before MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“This is an interesting question, but leads me to more questions: what would the MS be in? Would the degree bear any relationship to the industry you are seeking to enter post-MBA/post-Military? Would the degree program be full-time? I feel that the MS grades would definitely help you target stronger ...”
December 29, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Assessment: 690 GMAT / 4.0 GPA. Help appreciated! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi -- I realize this advice is probably getting to you a bit late for the second round deadlines, but here are my thoughts in a nutshell: It''s actually really simple -- retake the GMAT! Your profile is excellent but also quite common, and while some applicants fear not differentiating enough, the ...”
December 29, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for Fall 2017 Prospective Applicant in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“A lot of great stuff here! Your fabulous GPA and brand-name undergrad, plus a projected 720 GMAT, will go far to raise the interest of top MBA programs. Now, the biggest question mark for me is leadership: what teams have you led, at work, in your university years, or in community service ...”
December 28, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Admission Consultation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Wow, what an interesting background! Top business schools will be attracted to your combination of leadership, internationalism and brand-name work experience. With your target GMAT, you''d be quite strong for the UK/European schools you''ve identified. Now, for H/S/W, we have a different array ...”
December 28, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Getting into Haas Part-Time MBA possible? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Interesting question -- your GMAT and GPA are on the low end of their spectrum, but they are at least on the spectrum, so I wouldn''t automatically see your application as a waste of time. However, it will be an uphill climb, so you need to think about what things you can improve. GMAT? You might ...”
December 26, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Pre-Experience Programs in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Shah, These are pretty diverse programs, and without knowing your goals from the experience and where you''re heading post-Masters, it would be hard for me to assess your "fit" with these programs. Strictly in terms of numbers, you look good -- great GMAT, solid GPA. So probably your ...”
December 26, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Admission Consult in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Raymond, Your GMAT is still a little low for the schools you''re targeting, but there''s no harm in trying; after all, admissions is a holistic process, and your MS GPA is pretty strong. Be sure to shed light on your extracurricular activities in your essays -- Fuqua in particular gives you a ...”
December 7, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to High verbal, low quant in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In my opinion, it''s always best to "take the bull" by the horns in situations like this. No point in hoping they won''t notice your quant score -- they will. So your optional essay should definitely point out the quant areas in which you have performed well, both university classes and ...”
December 7, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hello, Thanks for posting. Congrats on improving the Quant to a 51 which is an excellent, and more rare, quant score. But yes frustrating to not improve the overall given that! The school will focus on one overall score set, so I''d submit the version with the 51, if you don''t try again. ...”
November 23, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hello, Thanks for posting. Congrats on improving the Quant to a 51 which is an excellent, and more rare, quant score. But yes frustrating to not improve the overall given that! The school will focus on one overall score set, so I''d submit the version with the 51, if you don''t try again. ...”
November 23, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - Research heavy profile 780 GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Every step you take to increase your leadership and clarify your international exposure will help tilt the needle, yes. Teaching groups, like any other "presentation", is a leadership marker; collaborating with offshore teams, especially when you have to do manage video-conferencing or ...”
November 7, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Could You Evaluate My Profile. in the The Application Process forum
“There are a few issues to deal with here. First, I have found that the older the applicant, the more the GMAT has to be a stand-out, in relation to the median of the incoming class at schools you are applying to. So the first thing to do is pick some preliminary target schools, and look at how many ...”
November 5, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for 2017 Admit in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Grandmaster, You''ve got a lot of good stuff here -- strong professional experience, super GMAT, excellent GPA. Missing for me are a clearly-stated leadership path and any international exposure. I''d want to see both of these before I could assess your chances more clearly. Goals: frankly I''m ...”
November 5, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - Research heavy profile 780 GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Wow -- you certainly have some impressive stuff here! Top business schools will be attracted to your high levels of achievement and your clear analytical power. You guessed correctly that an absence of managerial experience could be a drawback, but that''s something you can work on in a community ...”
November 1, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the The Application Process forum
“I''m going to break from the pack on this one. Looking at Terry School of Business as an example (just because I am familiar with their application process), you''re above their median in GMAT and right at the median in GPA, so the only weak area you''d have would be your light work experience. That ...”
October 31, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval Request - 740 GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Savior2207, You''ve got some great stuff in your background -- your GPA, which you apologize for, is actually pretty high, and your GMAT is excellent. Three years of work experience at matriculation is on the slim side for top business schools, but the global employer can be a strong add if ...”
October 31, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for Harvard 2+2, ISB and Columbia in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Lots of great stuff here! Assuming you are a senior and have dealt with any potential visa issues, all that''s missing to be a top contender is an awesome GMAT. For HBS, that most likely means 720 and above -- 2+2 is a tough program to get into, so you will need to be maximally competitive. Good ...”
October 23, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Admission Consult in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“What I see here looks great, but to advise you about how to proceed I''d need a bit more information: extracurricular leadership in university and in the community, international exposure, goals... You''ll certainly want to get your GMAT above 700 in order to be maximally competitive for top ...”
October 23, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile for MS Finance or MIM in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“The best way to assess your chances, given that everything else in your profile looks strong, would be to review the average or median GMAT of the incoming class for each school you are considering, and see where numbers in the ~690 range start to show up. The tricky part here is that if you''re ...”
October 23, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to submit my GMAT, GRE or both? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Looks like your 620 GMAT is stronger than your GRE scores, so you should submit that one. But yes, do plan to discuss your relatively low score in an optional essay. Don''t make excuses for the low test scores, but focus on evidence of skills in the workplace and undergrad courses that you did well ...”
October 23, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation request (TIA) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“A target GMAT should be at or above the median for the schools you''re applying to. So for HBS, that means 730 or above. However, that''s only one component of the application. You will also want to build up some differentiation, particularly in the areas of community leadership and international ...”
October 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval: 700 GMAT, 3.9 GPA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Love the GPA, and your work profile looks solid. But HBS? I''m not seeing it at this stage. You''ll be competitive for schools such as Ross and Cornell, but some of the top MBA programs on your list will want to see a higher GMAT and more dramatic, current community leadership. Therefore my ...”
October 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Appreciate an Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“What an interesting background, Mosa! Top business schools will appreciate the diversity and intensity of your professional and personal experience. For HBS and Columbia, your age (based on your chronology, I''m assuming you''re around 30...?) and middle-range GMAT might present more of a ...”
October 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Open Interview Period: UNC & Emory in the The Application Process forum
“The advice you received about UNC is pretty relevant to any school that has an "open interview" option. Yes, if you can take advantage of it, it''s very helpful, both for you and for the schools. But you are right to do an official school visit as soon as you can, and be sure that your ...”
October 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Send GMAT scores before getting offers of admission? in the The Application Process forum
“Yes, that''s the best approach: just send the scores to the schools right away, regardless of admission. It gets so complicated trying to think through every strategic possibility, and you need your brain for other aspects of the application process. Good luck! Margaret Strother”
October 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (700, Indian IT Male, 11.5 Years.) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I''m not a big fan of mass applications -- four to six per round is the most anyone can do well, in my experience. Most schools want to see you investing time and research in their program, so picking a few schools -- choosing wisely and immersing yourself in that school''s offerings -- is likely to ...”
October 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Aiming for entry into H/S/W 5 years from now in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“2+2 might be more problematic because of your GPA issues. Probably best to stick with the longer-term plan, which will give you more space to build positive data that can outweigh the GPA. Margaret”
October 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Admissions in the The Application Process forum
“The vast majority of applicants to any top MBA program are going to get dinged; that''s just the way the numbers fall. In my experience, I''ve never seen admissions committees show a preference for US versus international applicants, although my experience is empirical, not statistical -- I leave ...”
September 24, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to A low Gmat score. Should I still go ahead and apply? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Biji, Yes, you''ll want to take the GMAT again and hold off on applying with that score. It''s relatively unbalanced, and I''m sure you can do better on the verbal section than you did here. Often your scores will get better simply by having the experience of taking the application in "real ...”
September 24, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for HBS 2+2 and Yale Silver Scholar in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You sound like a terrific applicant! And no, there is no significant difference in my experience between admits in Round 1 and Round 2. It''s always best to give applications the time they need, even if that pushes you into a January deadline: a strong application in Round 2 is better than a hasty ...”
September 24, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Essays... in the The Application Process forum
“Hi MBA23, Your family may or may not be relevant in an essay, depending on the question you are answering. As others have mentioned, it will not be a turn-off for top business schools, but you do want to show that you will play an active role in the school community despite bringing a family with ...”
September 24, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request (much appreciated!) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Yes, you should retake the GMAT, just to be sure you''re giving top business schools your absolute best in your application. Sounds like you''re confident that you can get that quant score up where it needs to be, so why not give it another shot? Assuming you''re applying next year, it''s super ...”
September 24, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MBA CV/Resume question in the The Application Process forum
“I concur with the advisors below: one page is the standard for b-school resumes. The focus is different than a job-seeker resume, with more emphasis on team leadership and activity in university, making for a more well-rounded profile. You can certainly highlight top awards, although I would avoid ...”
September 24, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Re: Requirement to take the English Proficiency Test in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“It will not affect your chances of admission if the school stipulates that you can waive the TOEFL under these circumstances. This would be true of most top business schools; however, check the "rules" on a case by case basis. Some schools, such as UCLA and UC Berkeley, do not accept the ...”
September 24, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to GMAT 770... Professional Advice sought before moving ahead.. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sounds good! You likely want to spread out your school choices (in terms of selectivity and how your profile stacks up), and see how things fall! And of course, research the schools in depth to ensure you could see a good fit wherever you apply! Keep us posted on how we can help.”
September 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Frankly, that GPA could be a deal-breaker for you. There are no top-tier business schools who typically accept applicants with a 2.7 GPA and no work experience. So where you go from here depends on how much risk you want to take on: if you apply to top-ten schools such ash HBS or Stanford, your ...”
September 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Does a 710 GMAT score, but with a Q45 look bad? in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Depending on the school, I think this might be a "holistic" question: if you can submit both tests on your application, some schools may be inclined to look at the best score in each category, particularly if they are already inclined to want to accept you (see what I mean by holistic?). ...”
September 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Need Help in the The Application Process forum
“Given your seniority and the fact that you''re going for an EMBA, I do not think your low undergraduate grades will be as much of an issue as you think. The main things you need to show will be your clear need for the EMBA at this point in your career, and some demonstration that you have the ...”
September 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 770... Professional Advice sought before moving ahead.. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“First of all, congratulations on your GMAT! It''s high enough, you don''t need to take it again. Now, the tough part: scholarships to top MBA programs tend to be merit-based and awarded at the time of acceptance. Because you don''t really know who your competition is, it''s hard to "hedge your ...”
September 17, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to GMAT 770... Professional Advice sought before moving ahead.. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Congrats on the great test scores! The GMAT is exceptional, and I don''t feel a 780/790 will be worth trying for over a 770, fyi. The GMAT is already going to be a strength or plus to your profile. Of course the GMAT is not everything and the schools will also assess your leadership ...”
September 16, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hey Sommya-- just replied on the Manhattan Prep thread, to this same post, thanks!”
September 10, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to How do you respond to in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hiya, I know it can be challenging! ;) The best advice I have is to FIRST identify what the most important elements of YOU are that you want Booth or schools to know... that list might be a mixture of strengths, life experiences, accomplishments, interests, passions, influences etc. THEN see ...”
September 2, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Need help & guidance in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“These questions are actually best researched on your own -- reaching out to alumni to discuss the details of their experience in light of your own interests will help you get the answers you need.”
September 1, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Need help & guidance in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Some of your questions can''t really be addressed in this limited format, but I can weigh in on the question of timelines: if you''re applying to a top MBA program, the deadlines will either be in early fall (September-October) or, second round, early January (as an international applicant, you ...”
August 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Vanada, Lots of great stuff here! Top business schools will love your balance of work and community engagement, your GPA and your work with a large, global company. Now, let''s talk about what I don''t see: leadership per se, international exposure, and the breakdown between Q and V on your ...”
August 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Aiming for entry into H/S/W 5 years from now in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“What a great question! I wish everyone would plan this far ahead. First thing you need to do is get rid of those Fs. HBS, Stanford and Wharton will be less likely to look at you if you have a GPA below, say, 3.5, so before you graduate, do absolutely everything in your power to re-take any courses ...”
August 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Stanford GSB reapplication in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“This is a tough question: Stanford''s famous What Matters Most essay is so personal, it''s hard to imagine writing about something ELSE only a few months later. It''s also hard to write a reapplicant essay showing growth after such a short period of time. This is one of those cases where I would ...”
August 17, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Eval Request - 740 GMAT in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi, Thanks for sharing your story. You''ve got some interesting professional experience, as well as involvement outside of work, and a solid GMAT if slightly lower grades than some. To your questions: Q : Due to my deferred admission, I am in a situation where I need to apply for top US ...”
August 4, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sure thing, you are most welcome. At the tougher/more selective schools, the 2 years at matriculation could be a deal-breaker even with a higher GMAT, really just depends upon your fellow applicants and how you compare. You can check out class profiles on each school''s website though and you ...”
August 4, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Please evaluate my profile in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post. Your GMAT looks solid for many of the schools, but agree with your reach options especially McCombs. You can look up average GMAT scores, and of course being ABOVE a school''s average will be an extra plus, whereas much below it would be a weakness. And of ...”
August 3, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Admission advice - Schulich School of Business in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, So you''re saying you have the admit to Schulich India MBA, but were admitted to the Business Analytics masters in the past?? Overall, I think the most important thing to focus on is what your long term career vision looks like, and then work backwards and determine what degree will ...”
July 19, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation MiM in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your thorough post. It sounds like you have a LOT of interests, activities, and experiences to bring to a potential graduate school program, and future career. In fact, your challenge in that regard may be to focus on quality rather than quantity, and emphasize a few key ...”
July 19, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Planning Schools list- GMAT 720 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Pretz, You''ve got a lot of great stuff here! Your GMAT is above the median for most of the top European MBA programs, and your age/seniority is not too high for INSEAD and other European schools. Some top US b-schools do tend younger, but your age would not be a deal-breaker there either. I am ...”
June 30, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Maddy, You have a lot of great things going for you here, and some material I need to understand better in order to assess your profile for the top MBA schools on your list. International exposure and GMAT are excellent, and it sounds like you have a lot of front-facing leadership in the ...”
June 29, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval Request - 740 GMAT, 3 Yrs Work in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Sailing! You look like a terrific candidate. I''d like to see more information about your current leadership in the workplace and in your community service, but it looks like university leadership was strong. I''d also like to see what international exposure, either in university or in the ...”
June 29, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile review request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi LXP -- This looks pretty good so far. It would be helpful to see your Q/V breakdown on the GMAT, your age, and what leadership roles you''ve had, both at Cornell and in your current community service engagements. International exposure is also a missing piece here, as is your post-MBA ...”
June 29, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MBA ambitions after graduating with a second degree in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Joe, Interesting dilemma! You’re right that a 2.6 wouldn’t get you into most top MBA programs, and IMO it was a good move to get a second Bachelor’s – some people opt for a light Master''s to address the same sort of issue -- but I have no reason, drawing on my experience, to think this ...”
June 26, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Military Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Running, You’ve certainly got some great leadership here! Top MBA programs will appreciate your awards and honors, your combat service, and your terrific international exposure. That said, we should talk numbers: 31 is still okay for military people, who tend to be a little older than other ...”
June 25, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation, Fall'17 admit, GMAT 740, 4 yrs WorkEx in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Sunny, You''ve got a lot of great stuff in your profile -- strong GMAT, high undergraduate performance, CFA, and brand-name employment. I''m seeing you as competitive for your target schools. I also like your honest assessment ("aspirational" vs "realistic"). A few things ...”
June 25, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to How many years of formal education ? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, The MBA programs are looking for a 4-year degree OR EQUIVALENT bachelors degrees; they do realize that in some countries it only takes 3 years... it depends a bit on the university etc; you can contact the admissions office at schools you''d be interested in to ask them but in most ...”
June 25, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Rey, Perhaps you want to look at Darden perhaps? and while it may look a bit out of reach GMAT-wise, Columbia has several different types of executive schedule options and programs you can apply to, so you may want to look into it.... or if part-time (not exec), could look at Georgetown, ...”
May 24, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called Harvard''s Essay Question is Out! Tips and Analysis.... in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Calling all who are interested in applying to HBS for the 2016-17 application season! Harvard has posted the essay question for this fall, and it is DIFFERENT from last year''s and extremely open-ended. Check out our full HBS Essay Analysis for tons of helpful tips and things to think ...”
May 20, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Architect MBA ? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Quick response here: it''s hard to say! You''re both an "Indian applicant" and a "Non-traditional applicant"... but I think your concern is whether your GMAT is too low for the "Indian Engineer" bucket. I could be wrong, but I don''t see an issue. Just reviewing the ...”
May 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for PT Programs in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Quick response here: most part-time MBA programs post their GMAT range, and you''re at the tail-end of that range. However, the imbalance, that low quant, could disproportionately hurt your chances. Everyone SAYS their low quant score is not representative of their abilities, but how can you prove ...”
May 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation Request (Apply this year or not) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''ve got some great stuff here! Top business schools will be attracted to your GMAT, your stellar academic performance and your brand-name work experience. Quick answer to your question: my recommendation would be to take one more year and invest it in growth at work; apply in 2017. Why? There ...”
May 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to If I can go for mba with a low GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“The best way to assess chances based entirely on the GMAT is to review the average or median GMAT of each school''s incoming class, and see where your score starts to appear (not the top 80%, but literally the average/median GMAT). The breakdown between Q and V is also significant. There are lots ...”
May 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MiF/MFE Profile Review Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Jaqenhghar, Great that you''re working on getting this information now! You will have a year to crank up any weak areas and to get to know each program better. Quick response here: "minimum" work experience is probably not going to be your strongest approach. LBS''s MiF, for ...”
May 17, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 610, what are the best colleges that I can get? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Ankur, Thanks for the clarifications! I''m not a specialist on these particular schools, so my response here is more general: your GMAT is rather below the median for schools like HKUST and Nanyang, so if you want to be competitive for these programs you should definitely retake it. For ...”
May 8, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 610, what are the best colleges that I can get? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“There are a lot of MBA programs that will accept you with this score, but the question is, are these thes schools you really want to attend? Without a sense of your career goals and perhaps also a geographic focus (US, Europe, Asia?), I don''t really have enough material to advise you ...”
May 6, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please evaluate for profile for a top MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Without a GMAT it''s hard to make a strong determination about chances, so I''ll work with what you have so far: Your university performance, both academically and socially, looks strong. However, I''m seeing you as maybe a year premature for application to top MBA programs. Three years of ...”
May 6, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Good Colleges for General Management in the Ask mbaMission forum
“You can check out the US News Rankings, if that is what you are interested in, at: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools”
April 14, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to USC Marshall Part Time - GMAT 560 (Q47,V21) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“That''s really a gamble that you have to decide on for yourself: a strong TOEFL and good grades won''t over-ride a sub-median GMAT, but you also might get lucky, depending on who else applies in a given season. My advice is aimed at getting you out of the "get lucky" zone and into the ...”
April 1, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“There are a lot of good points in your profile: top schools will like your academic performance and management experience. However, I agree that a slightly higher GMAT would contribute immensely to your chances: 700 is a tricky number because it''s below the median for most top MBA programs, but ...”
March 30, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to USC Marshall Part Time - GMAT 560 (Q47,V21) in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hi GPM, Your professional experience and undergraduate performance are strong, so it looks like the verbal on your GMAT is your big challenge. Except for that low GMAT you look competitive for the USC Marshall part-time MBA, so if you can get your GMAT verbal up a bit that will really help your ...”
March 30, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Review in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“I agree with the other experts here that you sound competitive for the schools you''re targeting, although I would want to see your GMAT at a minimum of 700 for these schools, to balance out your slightly-lower GPA. On recommendations, someone ought to speak for your current employer: you have more ...”
March 30, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please review profile in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Jayanth, I don''t see any red flags in the data you''ve posted her; according to what I see, you should be a statistically strong candidate for these programs. So I have to guess that the problem lay in your application materials -- perhaps the essays, recommendations, clarity of goals or ...”
March 29, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please Evaluate in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Amenon, I am happy to weigh in on the US schools, but I don''t have enough experience with the programs in India or Singapore to add value there. Top US schools will love your work at Deloitte and your clear commitment to the community. However, one crucial piece of information is missing: what ...”
March 28, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Review request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Quick response -- you''re quite right, you are very competitive for the Kellogg PT MBA, particularly as you have a clear reason for applying to that program as opposed to the full-time program. While low extracurriculars would normally be an issue, I do not think this will be a deal-breaker in your ...”
March 25, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, I do believe you should be a solid/strong candidate for the Kellogg PT program.... your GMAT and grades are solid, you''ve been promoted and recognized at work and certainly developed leadership and teamwork skills, and have the international experiences as well and explanation of how ...”
March 24, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval Request - Career Pivot in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“A good place to start is to see where you line up with the incoming class profile, and work outwards from there -- use the median, not the 80% spread, as your guide. Just following the numbers, I see you as competitive for USC, but a bit of a stretch for UCLA because your GPA and GMAT are slightly ...”
March 22, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation request For MSF programs in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“My area of expertise is MBA programs, so I can only weigh in on your question by analyzing the class profiles for these schools'' MSF programs. Everything seems to align well, assuming your GMAT will be in the 700 range; I can''t say for sure how your GPA would translate into the 4 point US system, ...”
March 22, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 680. Should i apply or retake it? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Easy answer: retake it. You want your GMAT to be above 700 for these schools, an your 59% verbal (think percentages, not score numbers) may concern the adcom. A more balanced score would make you more competitive for top MBA programs, even if your quant dips a bit. Good luck! Margaret Strother”
March 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (GMAT Score Aspiration) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Most top MBA programs are highly receptive to reapplicants. HBS has a reputation for being less receptive, but other schools definitely encourage it, and some even help reapplicants assess the weaknesses in their application before they reapply. For many people, the entire MBA application process is ...”
March 14, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (GMAT Score Aspiration) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“This is actually an easy question to answer. Regardless of your background, you should aspire to be at or above the GMAT median for the schools you apply to. That way, you won''t have to waste space apologizing for low numbers, and you can focus your application materials on your strengths. In ...”
March 13, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Rory, There is a lot to like in your profile: your GPA, GMAT and work experience place you in the running for top business schools. However, none of these key factors are in themselves spectacular, and at age 28 you run the risk of disappearing into the mass of applicants with similar assets. ...”
March 13, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post; you''ve shared a lot of useful information and it sounds like you have a lot to bring to the table for a potential business school, and that you''ve started putting a decent amount of thought into the process and decision points. You have quite a few strengths ...”
March 10, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Cornell Johnson or UNC KF? Both with full scholarships in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“First of all, congratulations on your highly desirable quandary. You must have put together some terrific applications! So many of the attributes of the two schools are equal -- ranking, class size etc -- that you may want to start exploring the subjective side of the issue: Ithaca and Chapel Hill ...”
March 7, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Very impressive numbers! Top business schools will love your GMAT, GPA, CFA and professional experience. Now, what makes an applicant "Harvard-y"? Leadership, leadership, leadership. Your leadership/impact history was not clear to me in the information you presented here, so it might ...”
March 7, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Sayan, Thanks for posting. It sounds like you have some solid work experience in brand management and respectable grades, and the NGO experience is also a plus. I''m not sure if you mentioned what geographical region you are interested in for b-school, but Europe has many quality 1-year MBA ...”
February 22, 2016
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to MBA from Europe in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Well I would say first of all you cannot really lump all ''MBAs from Europe'', just as you cannot lump all ''MBAs from the US'' or from India etc together... there is a ton of variance and tons of programs, so salaries, length of program, experience, recruiting etc all vary. The ...”
February 22, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hello Sayan, Whether you need to retake the GMAT will depend on which program you choose. Since you are looking at one-year MBAs, you have a choice to make between the European schools, many of which have one-year programs but often have high GMAT expectations, and one-year programs from US schools ...”
February 21, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Thanks for your long and honest self-evaluation! There are several good themes in your story: top MBA programs will be attracted to your background and your entrepreneurial spirit, and they will be looking for leadership in the professional and extracurricular roles you have held thus far. (If you ...”
January 31, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Siddharth, Not quite sure what you''re asking here, but since you''ve gotten the interview invite at McCombs, I say go for it. McCombs sounds like a perfect fit for your goals, and it''s a terrific program. Yes, you could theoretically apply to other programs in the future, and you might retake ...”
January 31, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation - GMAT 700 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Not all of the schools on your list have a one-year full-time MBA, so you will need to research that before you can assess your own chances for them. Seems to me that you are just at the beginning of a research process here. Margaret Strother”
January 20, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request - low undergrad gpa, high gmat in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Welett, Unfortunately I don''t have enough knowledge of the Sloan MSMS to advise you on that one. Stanford is simply a long-shot for everyone, even with the best numbers possible. Margaret Strother”
January 20, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to What are my chances at GMAT 680? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You look good for Arizona State and strong for Buffalo but slightly older than the rest of the class. I can''t weigh in on Singapore because I''ve never worked on that school''s applications. So the numbers are in your favor, but now, to really maximize your chances, I recommend that you fly out to ...”
January 20, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Pre MBA Course Recommendations in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“This is an old thread but since the topic comes up so much, I''m happy to weigh in on it here. Taking additional graded coursework is a good idea, but I''m not sure I''d see that as an "alternative transcript", since it doesn''t blot out any earlier sins, but more like an additional piece ...”
January 20, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation - GMAT 700 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“For a one-year full-time MBA, your GMAT should be about right. However, these kinds of programs differ a lot at different schools, so you''ll want to take your research to the next level and identify which schools on your list really do have one-year full-time MBAs, as opposed to EMBAs, and then ...”
January 20, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request - low undergrad gpa, high gmat in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Welett, Lots of good stuff here! You don''t discuss community leadership, volunteer work, so if you haven''t been doing that you''ll want to start to engage, because this is important to top business schools. Your biggest challenge, as you know, is that low GPA. Given your awesome GMAT, this ...”
January 20, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please evaluate: GMAT 690, consulting in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Alex, Thanks for your response. So having applied, you are looking for information to manage your own expectations as you wait for responses? Perfectly understandable -- this waiting period is really, really nerve-wracking. In any case, it sounds like we''ll know soon how effective this package ...”
January 14, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Madhav, Wish I could add more value here, but this program is simply outside of my field of experience. Looking at your stats and the school''s incoming class profile, you seem eligible but not at the top of their range. It''s a very competitive program, with a relatively low acceptance rate and ...”
January 14, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MBA Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Vareesh, That GMAT is going to be a tough issue for you, as it is well below the median for some of the schools on your short-list. But since top MBA programs assess applicants holistically, it''s just one of several things I''d want to see you work on. First, international exposure: your work ...”
January 14, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please evaluate: GMAT 690, consulting in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I don''t have enough information to assess fit, particularly in areas like leadership, international exposure, campus visits or community engagement, plus I can''t tell if you are applying now or considering applying in the fall, so I can''t give you an overall "chances" guesstimate yet. ...”
January 14, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Wow, this is a complex question! My instinct here -- and there are good arguments either way -- would be to finish your undergrad ASAP and get that behind you. It''s easier to write an optional essay about your grades than to delay for two years and then have to explain why you want an MBA at 35 ...”
January 6, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“It''s always a good idea to retake the GMAT, if you think you can get a higher score. You''ve got a lot of good stuff here, and the international assignment will be a nice addition; however, you want to be sure you''re giving yourself the best chance for success, and in this case, I think a slightly ...”
January 6, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile assessment in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Well, you certainly have a clear sense of your strengths and weaknesses -- I''m impressed! Top MBA programs will be attracted to those numbers and your strong professional experience. However, you''re right to guess that this may be a problem for you as well. For European schools, I don''t worry so ...”
January 6, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evolution in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“My feeling is that you are a bit early in your career for a Masters in Management, particularly with potentially low undergraduate grades. I recommend that you keep these programs in focus over the next two years after you graduate, and get some strong, relevant professional experience in the field ...”
January 6, 2016
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Recommendation Question in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Frankly, my response here is based mostly on accumulated experience rather than solid fact, but I will try to help you view this in context: MBA applications are generally assessed holistically; each component is just one piece of the puzzle. Certain pieces, such as a totally non-competitive GMAT or ...”
December 29, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evolution in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Satyaki, I don''t really see enough information to assess your chances, so I just have a few questions and comments here: do you have full-time post-university work experience, or just an internship? Which schools are you applying to? Your GPA looks like a hurdle you''ll have to overcome; having ...”
December 29, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to VERY weak academic background. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Richard, I don''t see your profile as "weak" academically at all, unless your undergraduate GPA is low (you only mention your Masters) or your undergraduate institution is considered too light-weight. Actually, lots of successful applicants to top MBA programs have liberal arts ...”
December 29, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Age 33 Woman. Cornell Tech MBA doable? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Sweta, For a small program like this, I really think your best bet here is to reach out to the admissions head for this particular program and ask them to talk to you about it. Cornell is very friendly and they will appreciate your interest; just be straightforward about your issues, be ...”
December 29, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Need help with explanation of low master's GPA in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, You should definitely explain the situation in the optional essay. Help the admissions committee to understand vs just wonder. Good luck to you and congrats on the GMAT !!”
December 29, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Age 33 Woman. Cornell Tech MBA doable? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“This is a very interesting question! Since we don''t really have a class profile for the Cornell Tech MBA, I couldn''t really assess your statistical chances, and there is enough mixed information in your profile that we might not get a clear answer anyway. Is it doable? Possibly -- but you''ll want ...”
December 28, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Alternate Transcript for admissions + pre-mba internship? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Good question! And how smart of you to start thinking about this now, instead of at the last minute. In my opinion, you don''t need to pursue a certification program, but it is excellent to start building key skills through coursework. Many applicants use UCLA''s highly regarded online business ...”
December 28, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT Score Breakdown Concern in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''re right, your quant score is a bit low. However, with your background, there is unlikely to be any doubt that you can handle the coursework. You''ll need to address this in an optional essay for each school (HBS doesn''t give you much space, but the other schools do), that simply acknowledges ...”
December 28, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Ivtec, The biggest challenge I see in your profile is that it is very similar to your competition, but with slightly lower numbers -- GMAT, GPA. At ISB, you probably just got bumped out by someone who is virtually your twin, only with a 720 or higher GMAT. So your task here is to clarify your ...”
December 28, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“With a GMAT of 700, you''re on the dart-board for McCombs or Tepper, but just barely; so your goals and your research about each school will become very important in order to push you over the finish line. Invest well in getting to know the programs you''re applying to, and really make a strong case ...”
December 16, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Help Required in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Second MBAs are a tough sell! In my experience, many schools are simply not going to be open to it. That said, you can make a strong case for your need for this experience, and hope for the best. One thing I would suggest: assess your need for this degree and location carefully, and think about ...”
December 16, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to URM Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''ve got some great stuff here! GMAT is a bit low for the schools on your list, but everything else looks promising. I''d certainly recommend retaking the GMAT to get up around 710, 720, just so that you don''t have to worry about it -- with that GPA, I''m sure you can score higher. Your ...”
December 16, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Hi in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Your ambition is admirable, but it doesn''t sound like you''ve got all your ducks in a row quite yet: most MBA programs require the GMAT or GRE, plus several years of work experience. So you may need to slow down a bit, assess your goals and where you hope to study, and analyze the profiles of ...”
December 16, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Interesting profile! Top MBA programs will be attracted to your hands-on experience and the career change that seems to be rooted in that experience. That said, you might want to be more strategic about your school choices: Age and GMAT are a bit off the center of the target for HBS and Stanford, so ...”
December 16, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Help Required in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, So you definitely have a solid profile in terms of professional experience, involvement, awards and recognition, international exposure, GMAT etc. The biggest challenge will likely be the fact that you DO already have an MBA... it will be vital that you make a case for really NEEDING ...”
December 15, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to URM Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post. Great GPA by the way! And solid community experience... if you are able to explaining that service time and your passion for it or reasons for it in a compelling way that will be a plus as well. With your GMAT and a strong but somewhat-similar-to-others profile, ...”
December 10, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to work experience and second option. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“In general I''d suggest having at least 3 years before matriculating (so 2 years before applying), and of course quality of experience is even more important, so getting some leadership experience, people and project management experiences, exposure to diverse problems and situations, developing ...”
December 10, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to work experience and second option. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Good for you for doing some research and planning now... I suggest getting that GMAT under your belt soon no matter what as statistically people do better the sooner they take it after undergrad. And scores are valid for 5 years. That said, average admitted applicants have 5 years ...”
December 8, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Please :) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hello Bet4232, You’re still on the young side for top MBA programs, so I’d definitely suggest investing another year or two in building your resume. Your numbers are great, so no issues there. You definitely get some points on diversity: Thai/New Zealand is not a combo I see every day. Now, ...”
December 4, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (730 GMAT, Entrep. ex.) School suggestion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Soolu, My quick response here is that I''d love to see you gain more work experience before applying for the MBA. It sounds like you only have one year of full-time work at CapGemini and four months running your own startup. Typically, top business programs are looking for applicants with at ...”
December 4, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 650. Shooting for top US Bschools. Need advice. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Now you''re talking! 720 is right where you need to be. Your age might be a factor for Harvard, which in my experience seems to favor the 26-27 age group, but other schools may be much more open-minded. given the interesting perspective you bring to the mix. Good luck! Margaret Strother”
December 4, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Retake GMAT or take Community College math classes? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Pacific2014, You''ve got a few different issues going on here, so let''s untangle them a bit. Yes, your numbers -- GPA and GMAT -- may be low for the program you''re targeting, although FEMBA programs typically have lower expectations in this area than full-time MBAs. However, FEMBA applicants ...”
December 4, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to to which bschools should i apply with this profile in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hiya-- you could aim for Kellogg as your reach school if desired, but know it would not be easy... yes it''s a top US school so better chances on the US News rankings would be outside say 10-15.... no matter what do some in-depth research and aim to show how you fit with each program you apply to. ...”
December 3, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (730 GMAT, Entrep. ex.) School suggestion in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post. So your GMAT looks solid... but I''m trying to identify why NOW is the best time for you to get the MBA? And likely schools would wonder that as well? So did I read it correctly, you have 1 year full time then 4 months with your own company? How is that going? ...”
December 1, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to to which bschools should i apply with this profile in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Ashish, Congrats on your solid GMAT score. Your grades sound like one of your bigger weaknesses, compared to many applicants with similar backgrounds. And you would want to explain and connect with your post-MBA goals more to help make a stronger case for the fact that you know what you are ...”
December 1, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Should I retake the GMAT? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Prachi, Well it sounds like you''ve gotten a better quant percentile and better ''balance'' as you describe it... that said, there''s not a lot to LOSE by just fitting in one more ''shot''.... even if you don''t prep much, see what happens... and if it does not go well, you can cancel and ...”
November 24, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (12+ Years) in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Raj, Thanks for posting, though I don''t feel there is a ton of info to assess from what I know thus far... your grades in your Masters look good; have you researched Exec and/or Part time programs? Sometimes those are a good option for those with 10+ years of experience... if you''d like to ...”
November 16, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation and School Suggestion in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Gotcha. If you really do a great job on the applications/essays/recs/interview, I would still think UNC is in reach and potentially Tepper too. Good luck, let us know how we can help!”
November 16, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation and School Suggestion in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hello, So it sounds like the schools you are targeting are appropriate based upon the limited info I have here; are you saying you have an acceptance from Simon or?? I think Tepper and UNC are decent options thus far... it will be important to demonstrate leadership where possible; community ...”
November 12, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation - Future MBA Aspirant in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Harii, I like your focus on the people side of the organization. Of course you''re quite young, so you have a couple of years to crank up your profile even further. How to do that? International exposure, MAJOR community service leadership, and an awesome GMAT. If you''re working for a ...”
November 12, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. I like a lot of the accomplishments and initiatives you''ve made during your work experience, though your total experience is fairly ''short''.... top 40 or so schools in the US will be challenging though with your current GMAT score... have you taken it more than ...”
November 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation- Urgent! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Dhaval, Interesting community involvements there! This will definitely add value for your application. You don''t mention leadership per se, but I''m assuming that you have some team leadership in your resume. Now, consulting is a pretty broad goal, and many top business schools can get you ...”
November 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Frank Stein, I think a list of schools is premature here. It appears that you''re moving towards a career redirection, from a mixed engineering/data background to finance consulting. This is a bit of a leap, and your GMAT is on the low side for top MBA programs. So I''d want to see you learn ...”
November 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“At this point, you''re best moving from a public board to a private consultation with a professional admissions consultant -- many companies, including ours, offer a free preliminary conversation so that you can determine whether you''re a good fit with the working style of that company. I try to ...”
November 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Dear Sad and Desperate, That GPA is a bit of a challenge, but you can try to work around it by showing that it was a maturity issue and that you have grown out of it. The best way to show that is by taking some challenging courses now, particularly those that will be relevant to the MBA, and ...”
November 1, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to US Business Schools for GMAT Score 650 in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. It sounds like the GMAT has been a bit of a frustrating challenge for you, but that said at this point as I''m sure you''d agree, it sounds like it makes sense to call it on the GMAT, focus your efforts on the rest of your applications, and your school list sounds ...”
October 27, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hello Super Desperate! First of all, don''t be super-desperate: you have great stuff here. GMAT? I wouldn''t advise taking it again. 730 is good enough; I have never really seen any added value in having a higher GMAT than the school''s median. Instead, focus your energies on leadership and school ...”
October 22, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Quick response here: for admission to top MBA programs such as Tuck and Ross, you definitely need to retake the GMAT. If you were up around 690-700, it would be more of a gray area, but here you''re so far below each school''s average/median GMAT that you''re asking admissions to take too big of a ...”
October 22, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation --- from the Philippines in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''ve got some great stuff here! Top business schools will be attracted to your strong professional history, strong community engagement, differentiating demographic and big-name employers. Goals will be important, particularly long-term -- how you will add value to the school''s brand by having ...”
October 22, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please help IN a fix GMAT 680 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Your GMAT is strong overall for these MBA programs. In my opinion, it''s better to focus on acceptance, and deal with scholarships later; otherwise it becomes overwhelming, and you still have all those essays to write and all that school research to do! I recommend narrowing it down to no more than ...”
October 22, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Low GMAT Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“PS-- just realized you are signed up for the free consult so we''ll discuss all in more depth tomorrow certainly! ;)”
October 20, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Low GMAT Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Those are all good things to hear! With a GMAT score in that range you would have a much better shot yes... the process and decision is a holistic one, so there is no set weighting or formula for each aspect or GMAT etc; there is always an element of subjectivity so I cannot say for certain and ...”
October 20, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Low GMAT Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post; overall you have a lot of positives within your profile, and I like your management experience, accomplishments, community efforts and academics for example. Yes the GMAT would be your main weakness at this point, and if you could bump it up by 40+ points or so ...”
October 15, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Should I wait a year? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Keep us posted on anything we can do to help!”
October 12, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Evauation of my profile in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, I wouldn''t worry too much about AWA and wouldn''t change my admission round simply due to that... schools are still primarily interested in your overall score, and your Q/V performances. In terms of assessing your overall profile, I don''t know much about you thus far but the ...”
October 12, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hello, Thanks for your post. What I would advise is that you research the class profile and admissions stats at the specific programs you are interested in. Then you''ll be able to see how you stack up in terms of GMAT, grades, work experience or not, major, background and goals etc. The GMAT ...”
October 12, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Should I wait a year? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. I wouldn''t be overly focused on age-for-the-sake-of-age... as the schools will likely say that they will not select on or against the basis of age... that said make sure you are comfortable going to study with those who would be on average a bit younger than you ...”
October 8, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation- GMAT 660, 2 years work exp. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“There are a couple of numbers that are unclear to me: your work experience is still fairly light, and your verbal GMAT score (~55%) shows that this area also needs work. Your overall GMAT is pretty much at the median for the schools you''re applying to, but it''s imbalanced; your goals seem vague as ...”
September 25, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation- GMAT 660, 2 years work exp. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Parv, Thanks for visiting and posting. Your grades sound solid and you have a less common professional background/industry overall, but with just 2 years of experience now, you''ll want to ensure you demonstrate that you are ready, that you have perspective to contribute, that you have ...”
September 24, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Help!!!Please evaluate my Profile:Indian Female, 26,GMAT 690 in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for the update, and congrats on the strengths and improvements to your work experience, leadership and resume. All you''ve accomplished in the past 2 years will certainly benefit you. I''m assuming the GMAT is the 690 unless anything changed; I''d still say outside top 10 ...”
September 24, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Nirali, Thanks for posting. You have a variety of strengths to your profile, including your GMAT, demonstrated initiative, management experience, recognition and awards, volunteering experience. Your undergrad grades are a potential weakness, but obviously limited to what you can do about ...”
September 24, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Hanksa, This is a tough one -- you''re a bit senior for many of the one-year MBA programs, and while your GMAT is competitive with the class profile at Emory, among others, a low GPA might worry top business schools. I recommend leaving the issue of financial aid aside for now, and focus first ...”
September 20, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval/How to Increase chance a year out in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Great that you are asking this question early! All other things being equal, leadership, particularly in the community, is where I''d love to see you work the most. Marathon-running is good up to a point, but top business schools are looking for impact: how do you, as a leader, impact OTHERS? ...”
September 20, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to G690 Taiwanese Applicant w/ a hybrid background in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''ve got some attractive experience here, including an international stint, and most of your target schools seem about right. I''m not "seeing" INSEAD for some reason, but the other schools may go for you. Each of these schools is very different, as you can tell from their application ...”
September 20, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 650. Shooting for top US Bschools. Need advice. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Being a "not typical" applicant certainly has its advantages, but sometimes that makes the weight of the GMAT even higher. I am not saying that nobody gets in who is below the median; I''m just saying that the top 80% is too broad a range to give you a sense of the difference between ...”
September 20, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Pepperdine Online MBA or Part-time MBA GMAT Waiver in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Sorry I am not familiar with the Pepperdine GMAT waiver option; you''d have to contact that school or staff or students there for more info. GMAT waivers are not particularly common across the board. As for a course not sure if you mean a GMAT prep course in which case I would ...”
September 15, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request. Please suggest some schools(R2) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''ve got a lot of great stuff here, but without a GMAT score, it''s hard to know what schools would be "safe" for you in the spectrum of top MBA programs. Your international exposure could be a huge asset, especially if you have gone to overseas sites to lead multi-national teams. ...”
September 8, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Question about switching jobs? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Normally I wouldn''t recommend changing jobs right before you apply for business school, but if the new job is taking you one step closer to your post-MBA goals, it can be a good strategic move. You wouldn''t add it to your resume, because you haven''t done anything in that role yet. However, the ...”
September 8, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation and which college to fill after GMAT exam in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In my opinion, it''s a bit late to do effective applications for Round 1. The difference in chances between Round 1 and Round 2 isn''t large enough to overshadow the power of a strong, well-researched application, so in my opinion you should aim for Round 2. This is not a license to procrastinate: ...”
September 8, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to 550 bschool admissions in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Sujith, I don''t mean to dodge the question here, but there are too many variables for me to give rapid recommendations on a public forum. There are literally hundreds of programs, in several continents, that might be right for you. To analyze which top business schools fit with your background, ...”
September 8, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 650. Shooting for top US Bschools. Need advice. in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Alex, I concur with the other responses you''ve gotten on this post. It depends what schools you are targeting, and how much risk you feel comfortable with. You''ve got great international perspective to add, so your first task here is to narrow your target and then take the appropriate steps. ...”
September 8, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for Retake/Shortlisting target B-schools in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Well it really depends upon where you DO want to go, and how much you feel you could possibly improve if you re-took the GMAT... if you''ve scored quite a bit higher on practice tests I''d say give it another shot, not a lot to lose... worse case you can cancel and nowadays your ...”
September 3, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Luke, For most first-round applications, you''re probably starting too late in the season to deliver the most effective application. It''s your choice, of course; I''m just giving you my opinion based on my experience. You could definitely do second round, if you start now. Any more specific ...”
September 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for Retake/Shortlisting target B-schools in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“School choice is tricky in this case: I don''t have a clear idea of what your short-list is, or even your long-list, nor do I see your post-MBA goals or the country or region you hope to study in, so I couldn''t really help you narrow that down. This is something you should work on in a private ...”
September 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Chances of getting in with 660 GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Fortunately, there is a lot more to getting into a top business school than the GMAT alone, and you''ve got a lot of great stuff here. However, you want to be sure you''re putting together your strongest, most competitive package in every area. I would never say any score is a ...”
September 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Luke, This looks great for the schools you''re targeting! Top MBA programs will be attracted to your internationalism, your independence, and your excellent numbers. I''d love to see more community service, outside of your work with your former boarding school; ideally we''d like to see you in a ...”
September 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation and which college to fill after GMAT exam in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Bazingaa, Given your GMAT, experience and industry profile, I see you starting with top MBA programs such as Duke and Ross (these would be your "stretch" schools) and then down to maybe #25 on the lists of top schools, making sure that you focus on schools that place a large segment of ...”
September 2, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post. Based on what you''ve shared, you have the following strengths in my view.. -GMAT -GPA -determination & drive, and your story of wanting to move to the US and making it happen -international experiences -small factor- the EC involvements; though during ...”
September 1, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to My chances of getting into PT NYU or other top PT programs in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Keep us posted; ''need'' is a strong word but it would greatly help of course! Doing a prep course or working with a tutor can help! Keep us posted.”
September 1, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please HELP: GMAT 680 NON-TRADITIONAL PROFILE Indian in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In my opinion, you''ll want to take this on a case by case basis. Apply to schools where your numbers place you above the median, and which have a recorded history of providing financial aid packages to "foreign" students. When you''re slightly above their median, schools will often throw ...”
August 30, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Review in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Travis, Thanks for the comprehensive overview! I do see the MBA here, but I don''t see as clearly why you want to do the JD/MBA in particular -- this is a tough program to get into, so you will need to have the JD part as clear as the Why MBA part. You would also (in my experience) need a higher ...”
August 30, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - Second MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You''re right, EMBAs are generally for the over-35 crowd, but there are also other forms of "accelerated" MBAs for you to explore.I am not speaking here of EMBAs,but rather of one-year or part-time programs such as NYU Langone, Kellogg''s one-year program or Columbia''s J-Term. Many US ...”
August 28, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - Second MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“This is a question that you''ll need to research on a school-by-school basis. Many schools simply will not even look at you if you already have an MBA, so you''ll need to reach out to each admissions office on your list and ask them directly. Once you have short-listed some programs that will ...”
August 27, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to My chances of getting into PT NYU or other top PT programs in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, It does sound like your GPA is one of your biggest weaknesses! Part-time would be somewhat less challenging to gain admission to, so that may be the way to go, and yes a strong GMAT is still going to be necessary. On the plus side through your work experience you have demonstrated ...”
August 27, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Alternative Transcript Worth It? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In my opinion, absolutely! They won''t necessarily be seen as an additional transcript, unless the courses were taken as part of a degree-granting program. However, anything you can do to allay the admissions peoples'' concerns about poor academic performance is definitely worth doing. This will be ...”
August 26, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation : South East Asian Female in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Jan, Your profile is very impressive! Of course as an admissions consultant, I would never advise anyone NOT to use our services -- we provide a lot of value for the money. However, I concur with your perception, rather than the advice you were given by a local consultant: with a 690 and age ...”
August 26, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Pls advise me on career goal strategy in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hello, Your background certainly is interesting! I think the variation alone will be an asset for you as an applicant. I have actually worked with people with a similar background, and they have done very well. Now, to your question of goals: it''s always good to align your goals with what MBAs ...”
August 26, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation : South East Asian Female in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Jan, Thanks for your post and for sharing. You definitely have a solid work experience profile, complete with recognition and increasing responsibility, and examples of impact made as well as some leadership exposure. Your academics are quite strong, and it''s good that you have some ...”
August 25, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I see a lot of good things in your profile, but we would also need to have a final GMAT score and clearer sense of your reasons for applying to a US MBA program at this time, in order to help you narrow down your chances for top business schools. Leadership is important, so you''ll want to show your ...”
August 20, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Career goal evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. Your background and experience are more unique among b-school applicants, which should hopefully help you to at least ''be remembered'' so to speak; your focus should be showing the perspective you bring to the class through all of your experiences, and how that is ...”
August 20, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Low Quant in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Gotcha; your overall score is pretty strong generally but the quant percentile being that low could be a weakness as mentioned. The only options in terms of addressing it would be a- try once more, knowing you can cancel and it won''t be reported worse-case; or b- enroll in some quant courses and ...”
August 20, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Low Quant in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Was your percentile 57th? Just verifying, for quant specifically. If so that could be a weakness in the eyes of those top schools you''ve mentioned. Would you be up for doing some tutoring (often most helpful approach), or other prep and giving it one more shot? The most recent GMAT ...”
August 17, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation- GMAT 660(V31,Q49) and 9 yrs exp in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Sarat, With 9 years of experience you''re a little senior for many top-20 programs, so you''ll want to make sure your GMAT is at or above the median for the schools you''re applying to. I find that the farther a candidate is from their undergrad years, the more that GMAT needs to be above the ...”
August 14, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation-Help Needed in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Saurabh, I can''t weigh in on scholarships, which is relatively complex for overseas students, but in terms of your chances of acceptance at top 30 MBA programs, the best way to assess this is on a school-by-school basis. Look at the class profile for the incoming class of school X, and see ...”
August 13, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request. Thank you! in the Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant forum
“Hello, Thanks for your post and extensive info you have shared. I agree that it is your multi-faceted startup experience that helps to set you apart from others with similar backgrounds, so yes I would emphasize all that you have experienced and learned from those experiences in the start ups ...”
August 11, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Essay strategy for a personal essay in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“This essay is similar to the Haas "song" essay and other creative-style essays that NYU and Booth have used in the past. I''d recommend a combination of leadership and personal moments, so that the school gets a sense of who you are outside of the workplace as well as your achievements as ...”
August 11, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to MBA profile eval in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Thank you for the additional info. Overall what you have shared in your last post likely further strengthens what I understand of your profile somewhat, and I would say those top tier schools will still be a challenge, but not completely out of reach. If you want the BEST chances of definitely ...”
August 10, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to PROFILE EVALUATION in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Yes, this is starting to move from material that would benefit the group in a public board to a conversation that would be best done through a one-on-one consultation, such as those offered by our company, Stacy Blackman Consulting. Feel free to reach out through our website ...”
August 10, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to PROFILE EVALUATION in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In my opinion, you should retake. Especially when you are over 28, having a GMAT score that is at or above the median for your target schools is essential when applying to top MBA programs. You can also support your application by using your resume to highlight the leadership in your professional ...”
August 9, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation (700, Indian IT Male, 11.5 Years.) in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In my experience, you may be a bit too senior for INSEAD, and your GMAT is also a bit low for them. Judge or Said might be a better bet. You can also target US schools that are ideal for people in your space (too old for 2-year MBA, too young for EMBA), such as Columbia''s J-Term or Kellogg''s one ...”
August 9, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Luke, Look for schools where your GMAT is at or above the median (Bloomberg will have this information), and which also have strong hiring ties to the investment banking industry. Georgetown, for example, has a strong financial services reputation and average GMAT in the 685 range, so that would ...”
August 6, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to MBA profile eval in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. So your GRE quant score is excellent, verbal is alright. Schools will consider each score in context and with percentiles as well. Your grades/academics are strong, and your involvement and community commitment is solid as well. At this point with limited info ...”
August 6, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to profile eval in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Tom, I know many top business schools are telling people the GRE is just as good as the GMAT in their eyes, but I can only speak from experience: I''m not yet seeing the same track record for acceptance with applicants whose GRE is comparable to a high GMAT. This could be coincidental, but until ...”
August 5, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 690, evaluating choices in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Naveen, Very comprehensive profile here! Yes, getting a GMAT in the 710+ range would definitely improve your chances at the top business schools on your list, particularly as your undergraduate grades are not totally stellar; and you''re young enough that you can afford to take the time to take ...”
August 4, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to profile eval in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Tom, Not sure we have quite enough information here to evaluate your candidacy: I''d want to see your professional and community leadership roles, and a strong sense of your post-MBA goals. Not a lot of differentiation here in the consulting/engineering profile, so you''ll want to be thinking ...”
August 4, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Luke, You''ve got a great amd rather unique personal history here, but that GMAT is a bit low for the top business schools on your list. You''re also quite young, so while you could take a shot at some top MBA programs this year, you might invest another year in building up your professional ...”
August 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Urgent, Please Advise Me on Round Selection in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Ben, The difference between Round 1 and Round 2 isn''t so great that it is worth submitting an under-prepared GMAT score. It sounds like you have built a habit of studying that has been very effective for you, so you may be able to earn a strong score, if you give yourself enough time. Expect to ...”
July 30, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Taking GMAT day before application deadline? in the The Application Process forum
“You will probably want to double-check with the admissions office at each MBA program you''re applying to, but according to a recent update I received on this topic, you should be able to submit your "instant" unofficial score in your application. So your timing, while stressful, will be ...”
July 26, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Doppel, Great profile here. Only thing that I''m wondering about is your GMAT, which is low for your demographic. You didn''t post the Q/V breakdown: is there a balance between the two, or is one of the two a weak area? For your choice of schools, you''re running a bit behind the competition in ...”
July 23, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Siddhartha, Your overall profile looks solid and professional, but without a GMAT score, or a clear sense of your international exposure and your leadership history, it''s hard to make an accurate determination about which top business schools you are most competitive for. We''ll want to see ...”
July 22, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Evaluation of career goals in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, I think it sounds like you''ve put some thought into your post-MBA goals, certainly. It is important to be able to speak passionately about your goals and it sounds like you can do that. I would think about how you feel the MBA will help get you to those goals, and include that ...”
July 21, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Soumik, Thanks for sharing/posting. You are part of large applicant pool-- Indian engineering/technical applicants, who often have high GMAT scores by the way. This applicant group tends to be great with the quant and analytical and technical portions of the application and of b-school, but ...”
July 21, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called FREE \"Ding\" Review to the first 15 respondents! in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi all-- This is definitely too good to pass up... if you are planning to re-apply, mbaMission is offering FREE "Ding" reviews of your prior application to the first 15 respondents! This is a service that usually costs $650 per school, and you''ll have your application reviewed by one ...”
July 17, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Evaluation of ST and LT goals in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi VinceNM, Your goals are plausible as far as they go. The big challenge for you as an engineer in an already over-represented demographic will be to differentiate yourself from others in your field. What unique exposure -- international, company or technology -- do you bring to the top MBA ...”
July 17, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to CBS ED vs. RD in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Thor5517, It''s a good question, and a complex one. Part of my answer has to be vague, drawing on experience: whether you''ll get a rapid response or a slow response from Columbia seems to be a matter of luck. If there''s a pattern there, I''ve never been able to discern it, and I''ve been ...”
July 16, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to CBS Question in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Columbia''s admissions process is rolling, so it IS always advisable to apply early (as early as you are comfortable... you don''t want to rush too much and submit something you aren''t happy with). Whether you do early decision or regular, earlier is better generally. The school ...”
July 16, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Help regarding choosing a consultant in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Abhirox, I''d like to raise another idea for you: maybe you don''t need a consultant who has such comprehensive, in-depth understanding of the intricacies of the Indian educational system, unless you are applying to MBA programs in India; maybe what you need is a consultant who understands the ...”
July 14, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“You sound like a strong applicant! Top MBA programs will like your great GMAT and dual international exposure. I''d love to see a clearer pattern of leadership, both in the workplace and in your current/university extracurricular involvements - I''m guessing there is more in your background than you ...”
July 12, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 660 V 33 Q 49 and 10 + years in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Ravi, It sounds like you are a bit senior for a standard MBA, so your best bet will be to target condensed or EMBAs. Without knowing your career goals, it would be hard for me to give you specific school recommendations, and in any case this is a public board so I am always looking for ways my ...”
July 6, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Kumaran, You have a lot of great things in your profile -- super GMAT, strong undergraduate institution, and your involvement in the community is commendable. Now, to make you truly competitive for top MBA programs, we need to see more leadership of others, more differentiation from other ...”
July 6, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation- GMAT 660 Q49 V 33 in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Ravi, Thanks for posting. It sounds like you have established a long career in management consulting, and your Masters GPA is a plus. Your undergrad GPA and GMAT are potential weaknesses, but I think the biggest thing that schools will want to thoroughly understand is your ''WHY''.... so be ...”
July 2, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to URGENT Profile evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post. Wondering about the urgency? Feel free to let us know if you have specific questions you''d like answered! So it sounds like you have some solid experience and likely particularly-strong project management and analytical skills, and you''ve handled some ...”
June 30, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to MBA Admissions Strategy / Profile Review in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Matt, Great profile here! Your choice of top business schools seems about right given your numbers. I wouldn''t say Yale is a "safe" school anymore, it''s a really hot program these days; Ross might be a good round 2 backup. Three in the first round and two in the second round is an ...”
June 27, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to URGENT: Profile evaluation & guidance on school selectio in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Hmm, what practice tests (i.e. GMAT Prep, Kaplan, Manhattan GMAT etc) were you scoring 700-740?? As someone who taught/tutored GMAT prep for almost a decade, in my experience if you were scoring in that range on reputable/quality practice tests, then that would indicate that you CAN do ...”
June 24, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Shout out to Team Stacy Blackman in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Sacman123, Thanks for your interest! Top business schools look at a lot of factors in an applicant aside from the numbers, so while your numbers seem to indicate a mixed bag (great GMAT, iffy GPA), I''d want to focus more on your professional experience and focus. Rather than a general post-MBA ...”
June 22, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation / GMAT 710 in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Anshuman, You have a very diverse and interesting profile, and I think many top business schools will be interested in getting to know you! Academically, you seem potentially vulnerable -- not sure about that GPA but it looks to be a bit neutral, and your GMAT is also a little low for some ...”
June 17, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval: Urgent . in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi HopeforHarvard, After a quick review of your profile, I think you should definitely take a shot at the 2+2-type programs for top business schools. These schools will be familiar with the grading system in India, because they admit candidates from Indian universities all the time. All of the top ...”
June 14, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval! Please and Thanks! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I like the personal connection between your own experience (your father''s illness) and your goals in pharma, and I like the sports coaching angle as well. I''m seeing a lot of personal connection in your profile, just in these brief lines, and personal connection, passion, is one of the drivers of ...”
June 11, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval! Please and Thanks! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Thor5517, Not sure this is something that numbers can really quantify. The "unfriendly to reapplicants" rumor is simply one piece of information to take into consideration when you''re weighing your school choices for top MBA programs: how much risk is too much? That''s ultimately a ...”
June 10, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Eval! Please and Thanks! in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Thor5517, Interesting profile here -- I don''t see any obvious reason why you''d have trouble getting accepted to a top business school. HBS is always a bit of a wild card, but the fact that Wharton interviewed you and you are reapplying implies that you may have some self-presentation issues ...”
June 9, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Partheban, Top business schools are looking for a very broad spectrum of qualities and experiences, so your application will rest on more than is visible here. Your GMAT, of course, will be crucial in identifying your strengths as an applicant, but for you as an India-based engineer, we will ...”
June 9, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Chandan Badhan, You''ve got a lot of great stuff here! Your chances at top business schools will depend to some degree on the people-leadership in your background, not all of which is visible in the data you''ve given us. Your GMAT, particularly the verbal, is somewhat low for your target ...”
June 7, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi EC2646! Quick feedback on your profile: I like your professional background, and your choice of target MBA programs is refreshing. GPA/undergrad institution: not mind-blowing, but should be good enough for your school choices. I''d love to know more about your international exposure, especially ...”
June 5, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation: Low undergrad, but great extras/recs in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Byte, Sounds like a great profile! Top business schools should be very attracted to your terrific community involvements and your clear career vision. The only warning I should add is that HBS has a pattern of being really narrow about undergraduate GPA and school brand. I strongly recommend ...”
June 3, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile evaluation: Low undergrad, but great extras/recs in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Byte, Interesting background! Before I can weigh in on your competitiveness for top MBA programs such as Harvard and Stanford, I need to clarify a few details: are you 48 years old? or is the non-profit you work with 48 years old? How big is the staff you personally manage at the summer camps ...”
June 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 690 Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Harvey, School choices are a very individual, complex and crucial part of your MBA application strategy, whereas this public forum is a better fit for high-level feedback and knowledge-sharing that will be valuable to a broad spectrum of readers. In my opinion, your best bet is to reach out to a ...”
June 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request - Puneet Grover in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Puneet, It''s tricky to evaluate your candidacy for top business schools before you have a GMAT score to add to the mix, but looking at what I see here, I am seeing Darden and perhaps Tuck as your top "reach" schools. I''m not really "feeling" Harvard or Booth. For Tuck, you ...”
June 2, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 690 Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Harvy, You have some strong leadership and internationalism here, which should help you compete for a spot in a top business school. However, that GMAT will certainly impact your school choices. If you think you can get your score up over 700, particularly the verbal part, take it again. You''re ...”
May 28, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Interesting profile, Son of Pegasus! I think many top business schools will be very interested in you. Love the education focus, strong community service and clear leadership trajectory in your career. GMAT: For the top MBA programs you''re targeting, you''ll want to get that Quant up over 70%. ...”
May 26, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to 680 GMAT, 3.4 GPA. Retake GMAT in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“In a word: yes. For applications to top business schools, it''s always advisable to be the strongest applicant you can be in every area. If your GMAT is below the school''s median, that places you at a competitive disadvantage relative to other applicants. I sense from your email, however, that ...”
May 24, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to What are my chances? NYU Stern part time MBA in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi -- everything looks good here, as far as I can see, except for that GMAT... but you knew that. Stern''s part-time program doesn''t post an average GMAT, but while I have seen successful candidates whose GMATs are in the 600s,it''s taking quite a risk to apply with a GMAT that is below 600. What ...”
May 23, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Sounds excellent! You''ll want to choose a lane here, between sustainable energy versus an NGO to help homeless families, but it''s great that you''ve already got experience to give your goals credibility. So really drill down on that GMAT -- everything else lines up nicely, so this one number ...”
May 14, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Which admission cycle should I look forward to? in the The Application Process forum
“Hi Roy, Looks like you have a lot of good answers to your question. Mine will follow along the same lines: yes, Round 2 is tougher than Round 1, but frankly, timing is just one of many quantifiables that go into a successful graduate application for business school. The most important thing is to ...”
May 14, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Great stuff here! I like your community leadership, your academic background sounds like it will support you, and you have a name-brand employer. Missing information: your post-MBA goals (industry, impact desired) and your long-term “how I want to change the world” goal – rather crucial for ...”
May 14, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 740. Low Work-Ex. National level football player in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Vipul, It''s not so much that the schools are too highly ranked, but that there are simply too many schools on your list. I recommend narrowing it by at least 50%. Most top MBA applications require extensive research, ideally including school visits, outreach to students and conversations with ...”
May 14, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Increased Responsibiltiy at work with no promotion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Justin, Given those short jobs in your past, this sounds like a good plan -- stay where you are and really seek for impact/leadership roles. I always think the sooner you discuss your MBA goals with your boss, the better, so long as it''s safe for your career growth. And who knows? He might help ...”
May 13, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Increased Responsibiltiy at work with no promotion in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi jaw5XS Great question! To fill in the blanks, I need to ask you a few more questions in return: first, who is below you in the food chain? How many employees are there? Do you supervise any of them, train them, or lead project-specific teams? More questions: How long have you been with this ...”
May 13, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Supplemental Quant classes in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Yes, supplemental quant courses sound like a great idea in your case. For top business schools, it''s crucial to show that you will be able to "hit the ground running" with the rest of the incoming class, so if your GMAT is bogging you down, an online course in Calc or Stats would be a ...”
May 13, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“I don''t really have added value in this evaluation based on personal experience, but I''d be happy to help you parse other top business schools. Margaret Strother”
May 13, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hello LN1988, You sound like an honest and serious applicant, and top business schools will be lucky to have you! Now, many of these are programs I can''t weigh in on from my own experience, but drawing on my extensive experience with other European/Asian schools, I think that for you, ...”
May 11, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 740. Low Work-Ex. National level football player in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Vipul, Because I won''t have all the information I would need to drill down on specific strengths and weaknesses, this streamlined public-board format isn''t the most useful way to explore your candidacy in depth. My recommendation is for you to reach out to an admissions consulting firm such as ...”
May 10, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Harsha, You have some unique experiences here that will add value to application essays for top business schools. Your numbers (GPA, GMAT) are solid enough, although not spectacular, and the international nature of your work will be valuable. We will want to learn more about your leadership and ...”
May 9, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to GMAT 740. Low Work-Ex. National level football player in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Vipul, You sound like a very high-achieving guy! In my opinion, your GMAT is already high enough for top MBA programs, especially if the quant/verbal scores are balanced. Your strategic focus from here on could be on expanding your leadership roles, at work and in community service, as well as ...”
May 7, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Please Help Me, Third Time GMAT Taker, Big Dreams in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Ponkibhera, Congratulations on an impressive life-trajectory! Your question is a good one: at this stage, studying for the GMAT is starting to eat into your application-prep time. Still, in my opinion it would be really helpful to your chances of admission to top MBA programs if you could get ...”
May 5, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Need Guidance - Planning for MS in Data Analytics education in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi JBGMAT, Unfortunately, the MS in Data Analytics is a bit out of our line, so I don''t have any expert advice to share on this topic. Good luck with your search, Margaret”
May 5, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for Career Advice in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Satyajit, You''ve got some good stuff there, but you also have some vulnerable areas. Good GMAT, good work history, good grades. You''re also right about the challenges: age, second MBA, lack of international exposure. My feeling, and this is to a large extent instinctive, is that your options ...”
May 5, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Viren, You''ve got some great stuff here! Love the IIT and the GMAT. To help you succeed in your MBA admissions goals, your focus, of course, will be on differentiating yourself from others in your same demographic bracket. Leadership, Impact, Internationalism, Initiative, smart school targets ...”
May 4, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Advice Needed - just got a 710, retake? in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Gmatzadeh1234, 710 is great for a first score! However, I agree with your GMAT tutor. 44 on your quant places you just at the 70% level, which is a minimum for the schools you''re targeting, especially for you as an over-30 applicant. In my experience, even getting that GMAT up over 720 will ...”
May 1, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Admission Notification in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi Prasenjit, First of all, my apologies that you''ve had to wait for an answer to your question. For your benefit and the benefit of others facing a similar dilemma, just some quick feedback based on my experience: in general, I am a fan of proactivity on the waitlist, so your energies might be ...”
May 1, 2015
Margaret Strother posted a reply to Request for Profile Evaluation in the Ask Stacy Blackman forum
“Hi there, Surging_Ahead! I love that you have researched top mba programs so thoroughly, and you are so honest about the issues. Here are few quick points of feedback: 1. GMAT: 750 is super – a higher score won’t make as much difference as you might think. 2. You’re right about the ...”
May 1, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Which schools got most tough & intense 2 year MBA ? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Well that is an interesting, and potentially impossible-to-answer ;) question.... here are some thoughts to consider... 1) Very broadly, it can be the case that top-tier schools are more academically challenging/rigorous than lower-tier or less competitive programs. However there ...”
April 1, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Advice needed, retake after 710? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“You are most welcome, good luck and keep us posted!”
March 18, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Columbia Admission in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hello-- There are many factors that go into business school admissions.... your academics (including prior grades, school, and GMAT scores); your professional and life experiences; leadership experience and potential; your personal strengths and passions; volunteering/extracurricular involvement; ...”
March 16, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Advice needed, retake after 710? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi, Thanks for your post. You have a lot of really strong facets to your profile (leading such a cross functional team; contributing to growth of a business; starting your own real estate firm and investments; CFA; strong academics; obviously strong quant and analytical experience and likely ...”
March 16, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile analysis-(IT 3yr in 2016, 25 yr, Indian) in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there-- As answered in another forum: Thanks for posting. Your GMAT is strong for sure, and you have a lot of varied experiences to draw from and to share in your application certainly; the start-up experience could be a plus depending upon what you''ve accomplished, learned from it, etc. ...”
March 6, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Crossroad in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hello, Thanks for your post. I would agree with giving the GMAT one more shot... especially since you were doing better on practice tests, plus schools take the highest score and it''s not uncommon to take it more than once. Congrats on the offer at Rotman! Sounds like you are pretty set ...”
February 26, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called Wharton Team Based Discussions Simulations now available in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hey all! Just a heads up that we''re offering simulated Wharton TBD''s again in prep for this round! Round 1 participants found them very useful. It’s an excellent way to experience the group dynamics before the real thing. They’ve been going fast (we limit the capacity so that the ...”
February 12, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile eval :-) in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Vishal, Sure thing..... I wouldn''t say that you are too old per se... you WILL be older than the average accepted applicants at many schools, which just means you really need to show a) that you know this IS the right next step for you and have a clear explanation for the MBA, and b) why NOW ...”
February 4, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile eval :-) in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Vishal, Thanks for posting. I like your international experience, and it sounds like you have decent communication skills via your blogging etc, which can be a nice plus for an IT professional. I don''t know much more about your professional and personal accomplishments and any progression ...”
January 25, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Business School with Online Degree in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Ok, well having full-time work experience makes a big difference I would say; and as low as your undergrad grades were, at least you did work hard on that online degree and achieve strong grades. It''s all relative... would be better if the original grades were not what they were... or if the later ...”
January 13, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Second MBA from a Top School in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Sounds like you are working on doing your research which is important in a decision like this; I''d encourage you to also research the post-MBA scenarios... for example set up informational interviews with HR at companies you are interested in and ask what a difference certain degrees ...”
January 11, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: 730 GMAT + 25 months experience in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. Nice job on the GMAT, and nice mix of the ''random trivia'' as you call it. ;) That said, your academics do sound pretty low compared to applicants at the schools you''ve mentioned, and your work experience is shorter than average, so it will be important to ...”
January 11, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to ASU vs Georgia Tech in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Congrats! Well it''s a pretty personal choice... some things to consider might include... -specific location, how urban/suburban/rural it is etc -class size; university size; city size -recruitment stats, placements, companies that recruit there -curriculum differences -class ...”
January 10, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Managing Waitlist in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Prasenjit, Being waitlisted is not a bad scenario in that there was something in your profile the schools liked certainly. ;) And they often re-evaluate early-round wait list candidates along with later round candidates. You need to research each school''s wait-list policies carefully as ...”
January 10, 2015
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to School Selection - USD vs UNCC in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sure thing, best wishes!”
December 27, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Need Help in Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sounds reasonable based upon what you''ve shared here. Good luck, let us know how we can help!”
December 27, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Business School with Online Degree in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Hmm, not sure I''m completely following; do you have any/much full-time work experience? Generally b-schools would prefer that you have 3-5 years of full time work experience after undergrad...perhaps you can work a couple of years first and then apply? Still finish that GMAT prep and ...”
December 27, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi, Thanks for posting. So your GRE Quant is in what, the 70th percentiles somewhere? Is that right or am I referencing an older scale? ;) If so that''s pretty respectable; certainly if you bump it up further that''s great too. It sounds like you have a lot of strengths to your profile... ...”
December 24, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to School Selection - USD vs UNCC in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Already replied elsewhere, copying here... Hi there, Tough decision, and sounds like pros on either side/with either option. If you would prefer to work in CA afterwards, it is true that you''ll be able to make connections there even more easily while studying there, so that is a ...”
December 24, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Appreciate guidance. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. It sounds like you''ve accomplished a lot in your business, congrats, and no doubt have gained invaluable experience in a wide range of areas. Schools will likely appreciate that perspective you''ll have to contribute. It sounds as though your GMAT is a touch ...”
December 24, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“(already responded; duplicate copy)”
December 11, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Request for profile evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“As posted in a different forum: Hello, Thanks for sharing.... you''ve accomplished quite a lot, particularly outside the workplace, and all that you''ve overcome and those whom you''ve mentored and inspired is quite an accomplishment. You have a strong personal story to share and be sure to ...”
December 11, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Request in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, I believe I answered you as follows on another board: Hi, Thanks for posting. So you have a lot of info to share in your background/profile... let''s see if we can break it down to strengths/weaknesses roughly. Strengths: -Sounds like very strong professional work experience; ...”
December 11, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Credit/No Credit Option - Bad for MBA Admissions? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, If the rest of your transcript & academic performance was strong I wouldn''t see this as any potential issue, and it''s not a large # of credits etc.”
November 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to URGENT: Profile evaluation & guidance on school selectio in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sure thing; well I think at present then your best chances will be in the 15-25 range approximately. If you are determined to add a school above that do it for one reach option for example. Otherwise see what you can do and know that your essays will make a big difference so be sure to put a lot ...”
November 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Please Evaluate my profile. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi again, I would say that depends upon when you did most recently prep for and take the GMAT; if it was recent I would take it again sooner rather than later to continue that immersion and keep it fresh. If not, the date may not matter so much. As you know you have until the deadline to take ...”
November 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation Needed Pls... in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for sharing all the info about your background. The team lead experience and international exposure are strengths in your profile. However, there are a lot of Indian software engineering applicants and to be honest they tend to have quite high GMAT scores. That is definitely ...”
November 26, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Please Evaluate my profile. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. You have some solid analytical/engineering/project management experience plus recognition/promotions. It IS a competitive environment for engineering applicants though, and many in similar positions have much higher GMAT scores. To boost your chances at the ...”
November 26, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to URGENT: Profile evaluation & guidance on school selectio in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hello, Thanks for posting. It sounds like you have some solid work experience to draw from, and a great undergrad performance. As far as the GRE scores, what was the quant/verbal split, as that tends to matter even more on GRE since they don''t often add the 2 scores together as often... and a ...”
November 23, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Admission in US B School in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;)”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to MBA Profile Eval in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;)”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: 26, Indian, IT Industry-4 years, GMAT720 in the Ask mbaMission forum
“[Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission]”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;)”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to E MBA VS MBA in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;) Also note that many E-MBAs ARE designed to be part-time in nature in that students continue their work during the program and many are in fact sponsored by their companies to do so, ...”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Need Help in Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;)”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Which MBA program should I choose..? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;)”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Admissions help in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;)”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Suggestions for b schools in the US !!! in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission.”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Age factor in MBA Admission as well during MBA placement in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;)”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile evalutation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Just a note that manyaabroadtpr is not associated with mbaMission; this is the ''Ask mbaMission'' board fyi. ;)”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile evaluation for targeted schools in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, CONGRATS on that GMAT, excellent job. You have a lot of strengths in your profile, including what sounds like some good experience managing people and projects, strong academics, undergrad involvement, etc. The flip side is the fact that there are a lot of fairly similar applicants ...”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to need some advice on school selection in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sounds good.”
November 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called Wharton Team Based Discussions in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Calling all Wharton applicants prepping for the Team-Based Discussions! We’re offering simulated Wharton Team-Based Discussions in an online format with peer and moderator feedback. It’s an excellent way to experience the group dynamics before the real thing. We’ve just added sessions on ...”
November 5, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Should I apply this year? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hiya, Thanks for posting. Nice GMAT and grades and such, and not bad work experience.... as you have acknowledged, possibly lacking in some leadership and real accomplishments in your professional experience and just started this newer job. So would your app be stronger in another year? Quite ...”
November 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile evalutation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Pretty sure I answered this already in another forum ;) but can''t locate that response right now.... anyway your academics sounds strong and GMAT is respectable, and it''s good that you''ve had some team-lead experience, but overall your experience is a bit lighter than many successful ...”
November 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, A few thoughts.... yes I''d encourage a GMAT re-take... schools take the highest score and it''s fairly common to take it more than once. Ideally you''d like to get closer to the schools'' average scores, which you can find on their websites, on rankings like US News, or on profiles ...”
October 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to MBA Profile Eval in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Yes it sounds like a GMAT re-take would be a good plan; schools take the highest score and it''s not uncommon to take it more than once, and you''re in a place score-wise where many do see improvements. Otherwise it sounds like you''ve got some solid work experience and skills and ...”
October 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Admissions help in the Ask mbaMission forum
“You are most welcome!”
October 22, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to E MBA VS MBA in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, The executive MBA is generally designed for a more-experienced individual... varies by school but usually 7-12 years at a minimum; who will be continuing to work while completing the MBA. Many are sponsored by their companies. At the end of the program, you''d receive an MBA from ...”
October 21, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Need Help in Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“As posted on another board... Thanks for posting. You''ve got some solid work experience, and the team lead experience is a plus certainly. That said, as I''ve just posted to others ;), there are so many Indian IT and engineering applicants to b-school.... it can be challenging to stand out ...”
October 21, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Which MBA program should I choose..? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“(just responded, duplicate post)”
October 21, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Which MBA program should I choose..? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, As responded on another board... Thanks for sharing your thoughts and dilemmas. It sounds like you do have a lot of challenges to address within potential grad school applications, and it will be important to be able to tell your ''story'' cohesively in a way that makes sense and ...”
October 21, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to MBA journey begins...looking for help/advice! in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for all the info! I may have responded to this in another forum (?) but just in case happy to respond here as well. So one of your biggest unknowns which does make it pretty tough to best assess chances etc, is that GMAT... it''s tough to take for granted a 700-720+ score... ...”
October 21, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Please suggest in the Ask mbaMission forum
“(just replied to you below, thanks!)”
October 3, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Development in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hello, Good for you for planning ahead. ;) Often people either go for the MiM, earlier in their career... OR the MBA after 3-6 years of full time experience. Not that you can''t do both, but there is some overlap and similarities so if you''re early in your career making that assessment you ...”
October 3, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile evaluation- Chinese/Male IT/Military Officer GMAT650 in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hiya, I believe I actually wrote back to you on another forum; pasting here. Hi there, Thanks for posting. So you''ve certainly got a lot of experience to share; as you mentioned you''re on the upper range of the spectrum in terms of age and years of experience, so it will be quite ...”
October 3, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to need some advice on school selection in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Happy to help as best as I can! Though... you are specifically asking about your chances of specific jobs at specific companies in specific regions.... that''s not really something I can definitively assess! I can''t claim personal expertise in the RE industry; my primary expertise is ...”
September 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to regarding regn on gamc site in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Rohit, I wouldn''t stress over it; if you can leave it blank or put n/a or something go for that.... you could call or email GMAC as well... and another option is there are many international converters out there... can''t guarantee what you''d find online will be exactly equivalent to what a ...”
September 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Admissions help in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Lakhan, Thanks for your post. I actually thought I had responded to you, possibly elsewhere/another board?? ;) But I don''t see it now, so in any case-- I''m not quite sure what your position was exactly, but in general you have some solid experience including international exposure... keep ...”
September 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to need some advice on school selection in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Certainly it can be even EASIER to make connections right there locally during b-school, but that said it is super common to move around to various regions after graduating for specific jobs! The best thing to do is really do your research by school-- look at where grads do go and what ...”
September 23, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Admission in US B School in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there-- Am I understanding correctly that you have an Executive MBA?? If so, it could be quite challenging to apply for yet another MBA??”
September 23, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to NYU Stern and Harvard, please evaluate my profile. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. How did the test go yesterday?? Without know the GMAT, it does sound like you have a lot of experience to offer and bring to a b-school program... it will require some explaining!! Given your less typical timeline and path, but I think you could make a case for it. ...”
September 23, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Low GPA from a good school, high GMAT - where to apply? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Congrats on the 730! You are right in that your GPA is lower than average for Wharton and other top schools. The GMAT is more recent though and that''s a strong score. Certainly the undergrad institution is still considered (though others apply from Wharton and similar with strong ...”
September 18, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Should I retake the GMAT all else considered? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, For best chances at top schools, I''d probably lean towards one more try... and since you performed higher on recent PT''s I''d take it sooner rather than later. There''s a certain margin of error or variance on any given day anyway; hopefully you could bump it up. ;) Good luck!”
September 18, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation 690(Q50,V31)- Indian- IT Male- 21 Months in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi again Mohamed-- As written in other forums... Hi there, Thanks for posting and sharing your background. One of your overall challenges is that there are so many applicants with fairly similar profiles... Indian male IT/software engineers. It can be quite competitive, and side note that ...”
September 18, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to experience for MBA in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, It''s most common to work for 4-6 years before starting the MBA, so applying when you have 3-5 years of experience. In terms of what path -- the best thing is to focus on what you think will most help you with your future, post-MBA career goals... and that will come across best to the ...”
September 18, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Suggestions for b schools in the US !!! in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, The best thing I can do is point you to a few resources.... for example, each school will have a page on their website with employment statistics, so you can get great info there. The US News & World Report Business School ranking does include a column about % of grads employed ...”
September 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Admision to MIS program in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there-- As I just posted to another poster-- My expertise is definitely MBA and to a lesser degree MiM (as opposed to MIS); but generally I''d say work experience; extracurricular activities and strong academics will all help. As for GMAT you''d want to compare with the average scores at ...”
September 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for MIS in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi-- sorry, wish I could help more, but as posted on another board to your query.... My expertise is definitely MBA and to a lesser degree MiM; but generally I''d say your work experience at Accenture; extracurricular activities and strong academics will all help. As for GMAT you''d want to ...”
September 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to North American with low GPA - NA & EAME Work Experience in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. Well, you''ve got some solid work experience and great international experience, and some volunteering on your resume.... but that said, with that GPA and the point you are at in your career, I can''t see aiming for a top 10 school. With a stand-out GMAT and some ...”
September 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Age factor in MBA Admission as well during MBA placement in the Ask mbaMission forum
“You are most welcome!”
September 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation: 26, Indian, IT Industry-4 years, GMAT720 in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. You have a lot of strong points to your profile, including: -solid GMAT & academics -respectable work experience; evidenced analytical & project management skills; experience as a senior team lead; experience managing others in other countries -the way ...”
September 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Concerns about H1B visas in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there-- I understand your concerns about finding employment in the US after graduation, and how that may be important to many international students who come to the US to study. It is definitely difficult to predict as so much can change even in 2 years.... specific companies are more or less ...”
August 28, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Age factor in MBA Admission as well during MBA placement in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Age can be a factor; it shouldn''t usually be the one and only factor, but yes you would be older than the average applicant as well as older than the average job applicant post-MBA. It may depend upon where you want to work and how realistic those aspirations are. Employers hiring in ...”
August 20, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Avg Work Experience required.. for top 10 Bschool.. in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Yes the average overall is about 5 years by the time students start b-school. You can check out the ranges on the school websites. I''d say a minimum of 3 years if the experience has been high quality, with some good responsibilities and accomplishments and ideally some leadership ...”
August 20, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Indian, 3.5 years diverse exp., GPA 2.6, GMAT 770 (Q50,V46) in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Anish, Thanks for posting. CONGRATS on that GMAT, that really helps... that said, in a way you ''need'' that given your GPA. :( At least the GMAT is more recent though, so you may want to work to share why you feel THAT is a better indicator of how you''ll handle the academics of b-school ...”
August 20, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Indian, 3.5 years diverse exp., GPA 2.6, GMAT 770 (Q50,V46) in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Anish, Thanks for posting. CONGRATS on that GMAT, that really helps... that said, in a way you ''need'' that given your GPA. :( At least the GMAT is more recent though, so you may want to work to share why you feel THAT is a better indicator of how you''ll handle the academics of b-school ...”
August 20, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation - GMAT - 680, 2.5 years work ex in KPMG in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. Sounds like you have the following strengths from what I can assess here: -solid risk analyst & auditing experience at KPMG; some exposure to many industries and M&A etc -evident quant and analytical skills -some volunteering and involvement in the ...”
August 11, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to New to the GMAT world in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting and good for you for planning ahead! Sure thing, scores are valid for 5 years, you are correct, and statistically people actually perform better right out of school than if they wait and do the GMAT a few years later, so sounds like a good option to prep now and get ...”
August 5, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Kindly evaluate my profile in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting, and good luck on that GMAT this September! That will likely play a role in terms of how within- reach these schools are, but generally you have a lot going for you in your profile so you''re off to a strong start. Some noted strengths thus far... -graduate ...”
August 5, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to 690 GMAT, High Verbal Low Quant!! RETAKE? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hiya-- sounds like a more reasonable plan in terms of # of schools. ;) When you say would this score be ''more of an application killer than retaking and achieving the score...'' do you just mean that taking it 5 times could be a negative? If you are considering giving it one more shot and feel ...”
August 1, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called Upcoming free mbaMission events in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Lots of great events coming up in the next month for applicants! Check out the list and links below. July 30: Essay Writing Workshop (NYC) http://www.manhattangmat.com/Classes/Details/14084 Aug 7: MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed (Online) ...”
July 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to 690 GMAT, High Verbal Low Quant!! RETAKE? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, So the 42 in quant is the highest you''ve achieved? That''s probably the biggest drawback, more so than the overall score of 690, given you have some other strengths in your profile. It''s a bit of a catch-22 in that, yes, your very strong quantitative skills and experiences should ...”
July 29, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to HEC Paris Ms Finance: To CFA or not to CFA? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Congrats on that GMAT, nice job! The CFA can be a plus for your profile, yes. If you definitely won''t have results until after the entire process (interview too), it will not impact it much, obviously (though you can still mention you are awaiting results/expect xyz in an interview, ...”
July 25, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to profile evaluation.need help in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hiya-- Believe I just answered this on another board :) will re-post here: Thanks for your post. Overall you have a solid GMAT, and some respectable work experience. As you said, lots of autonomy in the role with goals and responsibility, and I like that you have been able to truly do some ...”
July 16, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, I agree, 4 apps is a good amount, more than that is quite difficult to manage and you don''t want to sacrifice quality for quantity of applications. However-- the ''which ones'' is very personal. Yes there is the element of ''where will I get in''... and that can vary and be ...”
July 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Non IT with low work ex, insights plz in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the 740 GMAT! Overall you have a respectable profile, if a bit typical for an Indian engineering applicant. Try to think about how you are DIFFERENT from others with similar profiles... perhaps the interests and activities you are involved with ...”
July 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. Congrats on a solid GMAT showing and some interesting achievements and personal and professional experiences and accomplishments. When all is considered within your profile, I believe you have a lot of layers to your past experiences, which could be very ...”
July 2, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Effectiveness of alternative transcript in the Ask mbaMission forum
“You''re welcome! ;) (haha maybe I thought I replied!)”
June 30, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Effectiveness of alternative transcript in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there-- Thanks for your post; somehow I thought I''d already responded, perhaps on another board?? ;) No worries-- in any case, yes an alternate transcript can assist with admissions in certain cases. As you indicated, if there are questions related to academics (due to lower than average ...”
June 27, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to When & How to plan my MBA application? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Thanks Varung; you will receive follow up shortly if you have not already. I will also PM you. Thanks!”
June 26, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to When & How to plan my MBA application? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sure thing, you can register for the 30 min consult at http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php. Feel free to ask for me if you''d like, and you can check out my availability or ask and we can schedule something if nothing listed works. I look forward to chatting further, good luck!”
June 26, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to When & How to plan my MBA application? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sure thing, it''s a great time to work on school research and selection, and there are many factors to consider (length of program; geographic location; class size; curriculum strengths; employment statistics; class culture, etc). I do recommend that you check out our free download on choosing ...”
June 25, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to When & How to plan my MBA application? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Are you asking about overall application strategy I assume? Or GMAT prep? Certainly I encourage you to consider a reputable GMAT prep program. ;) Otherwise it''s time RESEARCH and BRAINSTORM in prep for applying. Know your own reasons for applying and your post-MBA goals... ...”
June 22, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to GMAT Score 680- Retake? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, For best chances I would certainly encourage it. ;) Plus schools take the highest score, and a second try is quite common, so not a lot to lose if you are up for it! If you did better on practice tests, too, that is just another reason to try once more. Good luck!”
June 19, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Need profile evaluation and some tips for improvement in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for your post. It sounds like you have a solid GMAT and grades; strong international experience; some leadership and accomplishments you can likely cite, including the event management and leading a team. Your biggest challenge is likely just that there are a lot of ...”
June 19, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to need clarification on Age before applying to US Schools in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Feel free to sign up for a free 30 minute consult with us at any point if you''d like to dig deeper into your profile, at http://www.mbamission.com/consult.php, or let me know if you have further q''s. Thanks!”
June 18, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to GMAT and GRE score in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, You could go either way, but with the GRE percentiles that much stronger I''d be sure to include those. ;)”
June 17, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to need clarification on Age before applying to US Schools in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Well there are no guarantees of course ;), but let''s say you''re a year older than the average accepted applicants... remember that is an average, so there are those above and below. ;) I wouldn''t worry too much about it. You can often see the range of ages in accepted classes if ...”
June 17, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to need clarification on Age before applying to US Schools in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, I wouldn''t stress too much about being 29 when applying; most accepted applicants at top schools have about 5 years of experience, so likely are 27 give or take if from the US system, but you''re not too far off from that. Just keep in mind that the QUALITY of your experience will be ...”
June 13, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to GMAT and GRE score in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Congrats on you scores. Yes generally with 95th percentiles in both areas, as demonstrated on the GRE, I would feel confident that you''ve shown you can handle the academic rigour of the programs, and the rest of the decisions would likely be made on the rest of your profile and ...”
June 13, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to My Admission chances ?? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Sure thing, keep us posted on other q''s!”
June 9, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called FREE b-school admissions events for June in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Check out our upcoming events for the month of June! Now is the time to start prepping your application strategy for this fall! ONLINE: June 5, 2014: Writing A Standout HBS Application Essay, ONLINE, 12pm EDT http://www.manhattangmat.com/Classes/Details/13889 June 10, 2014: Choosing ...”
June 5, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called Harvard 2014 Essays: Tips & Analysis in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Last year, Harvard Business School (HBS) took a new approach to its application essay questions, moving from multiple queries to one very open-ended prompt with no clear word limit. This year, HBS Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Dee Leopold seems to have surprised even herself, judging from ...”
June 5, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to My Admission chances ?? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“You could look into online courses, preferably at reputable US or other global universities, or do any of the regular universities in India allow people to enroll in just a few courses or no (ie does not need to be a community college?). But for best advice I''d actually reach out to the admissions ...”
June 5, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Psychiatrist here! in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting/sharing. Overall a medical background can lend a unique perspective to a b-school classroom, and healthcare is a hot field currently, so there is the potential for that being a plus and working for you, and of course yes a strong GMAT would help. Your biggest ...”
June 5, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to My Admission chances ?? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. I believe your concern is about your low marks during certain years you battled depression, and how that might affect you and what to do about it. Generally there are 3 main things you can do.... first-- score high on the GMAT. Second-- you could consider ...”
June 5, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to This year or next year? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting; based on the info you shared, if you bump up that GMAT it sounds like you would be in pretty good shape, with the Deloitte consulting experience, international travel, strong academics, extracurricular involvement, etc. I don''t see a major reason to hold off ...”
June 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Help in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, That''s a tough call, and somewhat personal... my suggestion would be to really assess the potential/theoretical job opportunities after each, and work the numbers on the investment, as certainly Memphis saves a ton of $$, but it just depends on how you see your long term career looking ...”
June 4, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. Congrats on the GMAT! There are a lot of Indian applicants with IT/computer science backgrounds, but given your professional experience is in strategy consulting, that sets you apart from that group. It sounds like you''ve got some good positives to your ...”
June 3, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to GPA conversion issues ( Indian Applicant) in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Each school assesses your academics within the context of your own country and institution; they do not even necessarily translate it directly to a US GPA as they can look at it within context, and if they do it''s generally not a straightforward % translation. So bottom line is do not ...”
May 28, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Eval for 3.95/720 with investment banking and private equity in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. I think you have done a good job self-assessing thus far ;) and have hit the nail on the head-- when reading your profile I thought you have a lot of great positives for the application, but at the moment may just be missing that extra ''something'' to help you ...”
May 28, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to LOW GMAT SCORE 490 in second attempt - Please Help !! in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Rohit, If you feel you can perform better on the GRE, and you have the time etc to invest, then I would say go for it and see how you do. It''s ok if you''ve had the scores automatically sent to schools... it''s basically just digitally filed away until if/when needed, but you indicate your ...”
May 23, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called STANFORD 2014-2015 Essay Analysis & Tips in the Ask mbaMission forum
“The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) became the second top MBA program to release its essay questions this year, and the school follows a trend in application essays—“less is more.” Stanford has dropped its third essay question this season and stuck with two standbys, which we can ...”
May 20, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a new topic called Columbia first school to release this year''s essay q''s in the Ask mbaMission forum
“For the second year in a row, Columbia Business School (CBS) has kicked off the MBA application season. During an online event with mbaMission, Manhattan Prep and Poets & Quants, CBS’s director of admissions, Christina Shelby, told the audience that the school has added urgency in releasing ...”
May 20, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Toastmasters International beneficial or a waste of time? in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi Kendall, I would say it would be a small plus; and if the rest of your profile did not show evidence of strong communication skills then it could help a bit more. Overall I''d recommend deciding if you want to do it for YOU, either professionally or personally, and go from there (vs making ...”
May 20, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation for 3rd Attempt at Top Business Schools in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting here too; just answered on another board. ;) Pasting answer here as well. Hi there, Thanks for posting, and sorry to hear the application process has not been going as you''d hoped. It''s pretty difficult to do a thorough analysis of what may have gone ...”
May 18, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Thanks for posting. Here are my thoughts and questions that come to mind in reading what you''ve shared: -not sure WHEN you aiming for? i.e. how much time you have ? -holding each job for 1 year or so could raise some questions.... so if not applying yet and you have more time ...”
May 13, 2014
mbaMissionJenK posted a reply to Profile Evaluation after ding from Mannheim Business School in the Ask mbaMission forum
“Hi there, Sorry to hear it did not work out with Mannheim. Congrats on the solid GMAT, side note. Tough to assess your ding fully without a lot more context and info... but potential concerns that could have been raised, that come to me just with reading your brief info here include: ...”
May 9, 2014