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I was wondering if you could take a look at my stats and give me a brief evaluation.

* Male, 24 yrs

* GMAT score: 740 (Q:49, V:41)

* GPA <3.0 (63.25/100) from University of Delhi, India, Economics (honours)
- The low GPA is quite common in this course and in fact, I passed out among the top 5 in my class

* 4 years of full time work experience (by Mid-2009)
- 1 Year experience as a research analyst with one of the world's top strategic consultancies
- 3 years experience as an entrepreneur, started a firm (in partnership with a colleague) with zero capital and built it to 11 employees with a stable revenue base in two years. Extensive experience with business development (Mostly international clients) and marketing during this period, along with significant general management experience.

* Extracurriculars & Community Service: Nothing significant after school

* Am applying to Wharton, Kellogg, Tuck, among other schools.

My main concerns are the lack of significant extracurricular activities and absolutely no community service. Also, while I believe that the low GPA is quite common among people who have pursued the same course in the past, I am not sure whether this is an area I should be concerned about.

I would really appreciate your expert opinion.

Thank you.

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by wanderingbrains » Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:30 pm
I'm in the same boat (applying to schools) so not an expert.

As far as I understand, GPA is important but not of ultimate importance. Your other credentials seem very strong and a low GPA should be balanced by your high GMAT score.

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by walktall » Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:29 pm
Dear wanderingbrains,

Thank you very much for your opinion... much appreciated. I would appreciate it if I could get the opinion of an admission consultant as well.



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by Lisa Anderson » Fri Sep 26, 2008 12:15 pm
Dear walktall,

In these times of increasing application volumes, it will become much harder to be offered a seat at top programs like the ones you are considering. Likewise, as an international applicant it will be even tougher. While your GMAT will mitigate the GPA, I think it is important to point out you were in the top 5 if that is not on your transcript. I also think the lack of ECs might hurt you, but that varies by school as some value it more than others. The bottom line is: if an applicant with a similar profile looks even slightly better/more well-rounded than you, then you will probably lose the seat.

I would suggest spending lots of effort on your essays, resume and interview preparation to find a way to make you a compelling candidate. Also, take advantage of every opportunity to visit with school representatives when they come near you for MBA Tours and events.

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Lisa Anderson
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by walktall » Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:27 pm
Dear Lisa,

Thank you for taking the time out to evaluate my profile.