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Dear ajnagdev, Congratulations on your admission offers from two great programs! A tough choice... I think it comes down to which program you feel is the best match for you and your goals, which one will best meet your expectations. While it is tough to make a career change during/immediately after ...

by Lisa Anderson

Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:03 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: USC.PM or Kelley
Replies: 1
Views: 732

Dear Dbz425, While you have many positives aspects to your profile and will have your essays and recommendations to strengthen your application, you are targeting highly selective schools where each application piece is scrutinized. Your GMAT score will be a telling sign as you will need to be in th...

by Lisa Anderson

Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Profile Evaluation
Replies: 1
Views: 731

Dear Ryan, I do think it is possible you can be a successful applicant to an MS program, especially if you increase your GMAT score. It is a matter of targeting the right programs and having a great essay addressing your GPA. Be sure to make a compelling case for how your academic performance in the...

by Lisa Anderson

Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Profile Evaluation [apply to MSFE]
Replies: 1
Views: 811

Dear switters, 1. Should I work for a private company to broaden my experience base and skills, or if I stay federal will it negatively impact my application? 2. Would an excellent military career (5.5 years) and recommendations help make up for the undergrad GPA, or should the essay focus on the un...

by Lisa Anderson

Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:54 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school?
Replies: 251
Views: 214363

Dear transfer9858, First, you must decide on timing--if you want to enter business school in August 2013 or in a couple of years. The HBS 2+2 and Yale Silver Scholars are both designed for high achieving college seniors to apply now, but not enter business school until after they have worked for 2 y...

by Lisa Anderson

Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:30 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Profile Evaluation for HBS 2+2 and others
Replies: 1
Views: 876

Dear jcandelaria, You have some positives in your profile, but your GPA and GMAT might raise a concern. Increasing your GMAT score would strengthen your application while also helping to mitigate your GPA. There are many schools that would welcome an application from you; the key is to identify and ...

by Lisa Anderson

Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Profile Evaluation & School Suggestion (GMAT 650)
Replies: 1
Views: 795

Dear DC, Congratulations on your admission offers! Outside of Canada, McGill and HEC are the most known. So, if you are wanting a school with global recognition, then those two programs would meet that criteria. Likewise, you want to go with the program that is the best match for your career goals. ...

by Lisa Anderson

Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Please evaluate this profile
Replies: 1
Views: 826

Dear Darshil, It is hard to comment on your chances at any program with the minimal information provided; however, what you did post is very competitive for all of the MS programs on your list. Before you spend time and money on those applications, I do encourage you to think about whether or not pu...

by Lisa Anderson

Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Profile Evaluation for MSc courses
Replies: 6
Views: 4118

Dear ayashlaha, It always make sense to visit--you need to have the experience for your own decision on where you want to go. Perhaps you can visit in conjunction with interview invitations? Look at your schedule and see what makes sense for you; then when scheduling your campus visit, you can alway...

by Lisa Anderson

Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: How does not visiting schools affect your chances?
Replies: 6
Views: 1339

Dear DWBHLW, You are currently doing all of the right things to build the foundation for a competitive future MBA application. After graduating from your bachelor's program, you want to continue on the same track by earning high marks in the graduate real estate program, continuing to perform well i...

by Lisa Anderson

Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school?
Replies: 251
Views: 214363

Dear Aki, I think you have the building blocks for a competitive foundation. It is important to highlight your leadership experiences, so seek out opportunities with student or community organizations. You also want to present a solid plan for what you plan to do between your bachelor's degree and H...

by Lisa Anderson

Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Profile analysis- YTP/Silverscholar/2+2
Replies: 1
Views: 727

Dear tanyaindia, Errors do happen...we are all human. However, I certainly understand your apprehension. I would encourage you to email the HBS admissions office that there is typo on your resume. While HBS has generally not allowed you to update your application after it has been submitted, I do th...

by Lisa Anderson

Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: HBS R2 Error in application - please suggest
Replies: 1
Views: 986

Dear Beatbox-Bandit, Your quant score could be an issue; it depends on the schools you are targeting and how the rest of your application looks (i.e., how much & how you did in quant courses in college, how much analytical/quant work in your professional experience, etc.). Increasing your GMAT quant...


Dear dddanny2006, It is impossible to say based on the minimal information you posted. Your GMAT score is certainly competitive, as it is above the average for most MBA programs. Your GPA is low, but the GMAT will help mitigate it to some degree, but you do want to utilize an optional essay or addit...

by Lisa Anderson

Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: Low Gpa High GMAT
Replies: 3
Views: 1557

Dear keepmeposted, A higher GMAT score will never hurt you, but it is hard to say if it is necessary in your case as I don't know what your entire app package will look like relative to the applicant pools of your target schools. If you have the time and it won't sacrifice the quality of your essays...

by Lisa Anderson

Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: Ask Stacy Blackman
Topic: What GPA/GMAT is needed to get into a top 5 school?
Replies: 251
Views: 214363