Queens vs Ivey

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Queens vs Ivey

by mbafan » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:57 am
Hi Ms. Blackman,

I've applied to both Queens and Ivey in Ontario, Canada.

I've decided both schools to be excellent schools but I would be slightly happier at Ivey because the case-based method of learning seems to be more engaging.

This is the situation:

Queens: starts in May 2009, admitted (I probably have a week or less to decide, receiving letter sometime tomorrow)

Ivey: starts in September 2009, waiting for 1 more reference letter (from a very busy person) to come in; after which there is at least 2 interviews sometimes spread apart by a few days.

***bottom line...i either have to accept Queens or risk it all by waiting for my app to be processed at Ivey.

***why I'm not confident about my app at Ivey: they seem to emphasize full-time work experience, while I've only worked part-time (albeit quality work for over 6 years, while dealing with family issues on the side).

The rest of my app is strong: 3.3 GPA last 2 years (the years they focus on), 680 GMAT (6.0 AWA) taken once, strong/unique extracurrics, and I'm guessing good references based on my admit to Queens.

Ivey class profile averages: 4.6 years work experience, 650 GMAT (middle 80%; 590 to 720), 3.0 GPA

***Comments on my situation please.

Thank you!

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by Lisa Anderson » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:03 pm
Dear mbafan,

While you do have a chance for admission at Ivey, there is no way to know definitively until Ivey makes a decision on you. You need to decide if it is worth the risk to turn down Queens to wait on a decision from Ivey. If you feel either school can provide you the education you seek, then it might not be worth the risk of turning down Queens. However, you are the only one who can make that determination.

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