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  • in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26196

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hi,

    I am a re-applicant from last year, and I was on the waitlist at HBS until the final days. I am in the first round but have not gotten an interview yet.

    First of all, I hope you took an informed and objective look at your previous application and determined how your story could be tightened, weaknesses mitigated, and strengths highlighted before reapplying.

    I am wondering whether HBS will re-interview me or just use the interview from last year? Does anyone know what HBS does in terms of re-interviewing people who were on the waitlist from the previous year?

    Good question. About 99% of the time HBS will re-interview re-applicants. This year, HBS is not reviewing previous applications, so I hope you highlighted that you are a re-applicant who was interviewed and waitlisted the previous year. Interview invites go out on a continual basis with HBS so I wouldn’t necessarily be worried if you have not yet received an invite.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26191

    Hi Jim and thanks for your inquiry.

    David,

    I am currently an undergraduate (this usually sounds the alarm) at Drexel University. I have a GPA of 3.6 and a GMAT score of 710, and am heavily involved on campus in leadership activities. However, I only have 1 year of work experience through co-ops, and realize that I’m at a great disadvantage in this area. For this reason, I was going to wait 2-3 years, and then apply to top MBA programs. However, I know that what they are looking for is high-quality work exp., not just work exp. For this, I would obviosly need to find a high-quality job, and I have nothing surely lined up yet (I graduate in May 2004).

    You are correct that the admissions committees care far more about the quality of the work experience than the quantity. In fact, 4% of the entering class at HBS this year came directly from undergraduate. Granted, they had some huge ‘wow’ factors in terms of military leadership, running a business out of a dorm room, etc., but, nonetheless, 4% is a material number of incoming students and it is indeed possible to gain admission to a top b-school without full-time, post-undergraduate work experience.

    My question is: Should I reduce my targeted schools, and apply to schools in the 20-30 range that I would have a better chance of getting in at? Or holdout for a high-quality position (risking having no job for a while)? Or take the best job I can find?

    This is going to be a personal decision for you. If you go to a top 30 school now, you won’t be able to attend a top 10 school down the road.

    As an up-front disclaimer, I’m going to wear my ‘admissions hat’ as I answer your jobs question. (Read: there are other things to consider such as happiness, fulfillment, etc.) This said, a high-quality position to an admissions committee gives you a lot of opportunity for personal development and experience in leadership and teamwork situations. They also love to see a good career progression so if you join a small company, try to select one where you may be able to create your own position if the only level above you is the owner.

    You don’t have to secure employment in a business-related field, but it will probably make demonstrating the need for an MBA a bit easier if your work experience is in management, finance, operations, etc. Finally, there are a ton of IT applicants out there and differentiation amongst them is not always easy to achieve.

    I’m confident in my essays, and letters of rec., the only hinderance I see is my lack of work exp.

    Understood. However, that lack of work experience is likely to disrupt your story and this story is what you are trying to convey in your essays and recommendations.

    Sorry for the long post, thanks for taking the time.

    No problem. [:)] Don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you would like to schedule a pre admissions consultation to determine if you should apply now or later. If you and your consultant decide you should apply later, we will provide you with a detailed action plan to ensure you optimize your positioning for those future applications.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Holland

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: I want to know if i have been accepted to TexasA&M #26188

    Dear Stefaney,

    You will have to contact Texas A&M to determine if you’ve been accepted. I wouldn’t contact them until after the published notification deadline has passed for the program to which you applied. You certainly don’t want to be perceived as a pest.

    Best of luck with your application!

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: 91% of Harvard Students Graduate with Honors #26187

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    David:

    I have good recs, great extracurricular, pretty good work experience, a 700 GMAT, but my grades are a little low (2.75) I had hard majors and went to a tier 1 school.

    My question is: Out of MIT, Northwestern, Tuck, Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, and Stanford what 3 schools do you think are most likely to overlook my lower GPA and which absolutely won’t overlook it? Thanks in advance.

    Good question. Your GPA can be mitigated at any of these schools, particularly if you have a balanced GMAT score and you are not a member of an extremely competitive demographic. Many admissions officers believe that your GMAT quantitative score is an accurate predictor of your success handling the first year b-school curriculum.

    Given that HBS and Stanford are the two most selective schools, depending on the particular fit of your candidacy, these are probably the two least likely to overlook the GPA. That said, we have placed many applicants at both these schools with lower GPAs and GMAT scores than yours.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26186

    Hi Ray and thanks for your inquiry.

    Dear David,

    Your advice is very good. Thanks! :-) I would like to ask you a quick question.

    Go right ahead…

    HOw important is the AWA score of the GMAT? If I did well on V, should I even care about the AWA?

    Good question. It is becoming more popular amongst admissions officers and some schools (the best known is probably Yale SOM) scrutinize it rather closely due to concerns about applicants getting outside help with essays.

    Since we don’t ghostwrite essays and we leave them in the applicants’ own voices, we’re not very concerned about this new development and we don’t anticipate it having any effect on our success rate.

    Thanks,

    Ray

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: 91% of Harvard Students Graduate with Honors #26181

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    Dear David,

    I do not understand your comment. Are you saying employer brand name is not impotrant to admissions offices?

    Unfortunately, this seems to be one of the most pervasive myths about MBA admissions and it just refuses to die.

    The admissions officers care far more about the ‘quality’ of your work experience, i.e. your career progression, responsibility level, leadership and teamwork experiences, etc.

    Yes, it is true that a very large share of admissions officers are made to applicants from these brand name companies. There are two reasons for this:
    1. These companies tend to recruit the best students out of college
    2. Many applicants from smaller companies try unsuccessfully to use the same admissions strategies their colleagues at the brand name/blue chip companies.

    We have helped numerous business school applicants over the years from non brand name company backgrounds. If anything, these applicants are even easier to help as they already have some good grounds for differentiating their candidacies. (Yes, we do get many applicants from brand name companies admitted into the top schools each year too.)

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: 91% of Harvard Students Graduate with Honors #26177

    quote:


    Originally posted by sunshinedc

    This might be slightly misleading. I’m fairly certain that the quote in the Globe refers to undergraduate students at Harvard, not Harvard students at the graduate schools such as the Medical and Law Schools. There is different a grading system at each school.


    Yes, you are correct. The Boston Globe article refers to the undergraduates.

    Sincerely,

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    in reply to: deadline #26169

    Hi Gail and thanks for your inquiry.

    hi!
    I am an international student.I intend to do my post-graduation (MS in computers).I havn’t given my GRE yet.I will writing it on Jan 20th.I wanted to know the deadline (spring 2004) for sending applications to universities in United States.And if it is to be send by post or mail as I am already late.Please reply at the earliest.

    The deadlines vary from school to school. As a result, you will want to check with the particular programs you are targeting to learn what their particular deadlines. Unfortunately, most schools are moving up deadlines for international applicants due to visa issues.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you would like professional assistance with your applications.

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: GSB admissions wall of shame – hilarious! :-) #26165

    After reading this post, I asked some of our consultants about some of their favorite (or not so favorite) applications from their admissions committee experiences.

    Naming the wrong school in the application (e.g. mentioning why you really want to attend Kellogg in the Chicago application) and vain self promotion (read: being perceived as vain instead of healthily aggressive) are fairly commonplace.

    Here are some of the responses I received:

    A letter of reference that cited the applicant’s experiences organizing office birthday parties and showers as evidence of leadership.

    “When I was a child, all I could dream about was killing my little sister.”

    “I always knew that I wanted to go to business school after watching the movie BABY BOOM.”

    “I would literally kill to get into your school.”

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26164

    Dear Preeti,

    While we appreciate your questions, we are unable to answer them here. This is a medical school admissions thread. We answer brief questions to help admissionsboards.com’s members, display our expertise, and provide members with an idea of our capabilities should they be interested in securing our comprehensive services to maximize their admissions chances.

    Your questions are about dental school admissions and they are outside Dr. Workman’s area of expertise.

    Best regards,

    David Petersam

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    in reply to: Engineering Admissions #26138

    Hi Simon and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hi, I have question regarding the use of GRE score for Engineering Graduate admissions. Do they mostly look at just the Quantitative sections? how much do they weigh the verbal? I just finished my Gre and I got 800 for Quantitative and 550 for Verbal, haven’t received my AWA marks just yet. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    All graduate programs want to see strong scores in all test sections of course. However, the engineering programs will be far more lenient towards a lower verbal GRE than, say, a school of journalism.

    SImon

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Re-applying #26135

    Hi and thanks for your follow-up inquiry.

    I prepared to apply to many schools in 2002, but in the end, I have applied to one school only in 2002 and was rejected. Now, I am having some delimma…..

    1. If I had send my GMAT scores over to schools in 2002, will they retain my record until I apply in 2004? (Btw, I sent scores to schools everytime I write the test, and it showed improving trend untiol I screwed up my 3rd time!)

    Generally, schools archive applications for 1 year. However, they will see all your GMAT scores when you apply.

    Schools normally aren’t concerned with how many times you take the GMAT. There are different opinions amongst admissions officers at the various schools though and some really do not like to see applicants who have taken the GMAT multiple times. They interpret the multiple tests as a sign the applicant certainly tried to “game” the exam and they will expect a higher score from you than they may have otherwise accepted. This is an additional reason why it is so important to adequately study for the GMAT and try to do well the first time you take the test. There are plenty of practice tests out there that contain questions actually used on previous GMATs. Feel free to visit our book review for more information about these GMAT prep books.

    2. If I had phone interviewed with a school in 2002, but I decide to apply in 2004, will the old record be retained and cross – compared with the new interview results?

    Once again, the applications are normally only retained for one year. The fact you are a reapplicant shouldn’t be a concern though if:
    1. You identify the specific reasons why you were dinged in your previous application and
    2. You correct those items in your current application (essays, letters of reference, resume, interview, etc.)

    Depending on how far you live from campus, your phone interview may have been held against you as they may have doubted your sincere interest in their b-school. (If you live on another continent, this not a relevant point to your particular situation.)

    3. If I had requested the transcript from my school’s registar and they signed it in 2002, can those filled transcript forms be used in my 2004 application?

    Resubmit the transcript again each time you apply.

    4. Will re-applying to schools (with slightly better qualification and career enhancement) be viewed as positive in admission committee’s view?

    With few exceptions, re-applicants are admitted on a fairly regular basis at the top b-schools. See my list of the two items you need to thoroughly address.

    In general, re-applying seems to complicate things -> not only you have to provide extra recommendation letter, but you also have to show tremendous progress (in terms of career progression and gmat stats), or do you hold a different view on re-applying?

    This is sometimes the case. Other times, applicants just put together a very poor story, i.e. reasons why they want an MBA, attend XYZ b-school, etc. Most rejected applicants have very similar grades, GMAT scores, and career progressions as admitted applicants.

    5. If I have dual citizenship ( ie, Taiwan and Canada), how should I classify myself as in order to get better chances of getting in?

    This is something with which we do help our clients. I don’t have enough information about you or the schools you are targeting to give you a definitive answer here.

    Thank you !! Appreciate your advise!

    No problem. We do ask though that future questions that you want us to answer be posted on the Ask AdmissionsConsultants thread. This helps us save valuable time as we help moderate this website.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you would like professional assistance with your b-school applications and don’t reapply if you don’t believe you have very good answers to the 2 points I made above. Otherwise, you will be wasting a lot of time and money and possibly stalling your career for at least another year.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Admission Consultants: Mission Impossible? #26123

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    If you would like a law school admissions consultant to answer your query, kindly post it on the Ask AdmissionsConsultants thread. When all these new threads get created, it becomes very time intensive for our consultants.

    Best of luck with your future law school applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26117

    I am ‘bumping’ this thread and I kindly ask you to post any questions for Renee here. This will help her quickly identify when her expertise is being requested and save her from reading through the many other topics in this section.

    Thanks,

    David Petersam

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    in reply to: Texas Admission #26107

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    I have a few questions about admission to University of Texas’ MBA program, and I would appreciate some insight. I went to undergrad at UT and had a modest GPA 2.95, not great I realize. By time I matriculate, I will have 6 years of consulting experience at Big 4. Strong extracurricular and leadership experiences, GMAT to be taken next week. I have been scoring in the mid to upper 600’s and was curious to know what you think the minimum I would need to get so as not to take the test again. UT has rolling admissions, so I want to get my application in ASAP, but want to have the best possible application. Also, I am from Texas, but now live in New York, which classifies me as an out of stater. Any suggestions on how to get around that? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated, as the stress of the test is starting to freak me out a bit.

    You will need a slightly higher GMAT than most other applicants to help mitigate your GPA. If you have good work experience and extracurriculars and you submit a well-prepared application (good reasons for why you want an MBA, highlight some good ‘wow’ factors, etc.), you should be competitive with a 700 GMAT.

    If you have any more questions about MBA admissions, kindly post them in the MBA section of this site. This will ensure the most prompt response.

    We have some GMAT prep tips at http://www.admissionsconsultants.com/gmat/ that you are free to peruse.

    Best of luck with your GMAT and applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
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