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  • in reply to: Inquiry #26232

    Hi Mike. I’m guessing you are seeking my advice, but I’m not sure. Kindly post future inquiries for AdmissionsConsultants on the Ask AdmissionsConsultants thread.

    I am Second Officer in Merchant Navy working on Oil Tankers. My company is a leading shipping company in the oil business and carrieas oil for all the major oil companies like Shell, Mobil, Chevron Texaco, Caltex etc. I have a 3 year Degree in B.Sc. In Nautical Sciences (Which includes subjects like Maritime Law, Marine Management, Maritime Commerce, besides the technical courses).
    Could you advise me whether with my backgrounds will good business schools be accepting me. And after passing out from a good institute what will be the opportunities available and could I look to apply in fields other than shipping. Is it compulsory to have a 4 year degree course to apply to any US Business Schools. Are there any business schools in US accepting a 3 year graduate course for admission. Could you advise me such schools in Us and outside US

    There is no reason why a merchant navy officer can’t be accepted into a top b-school and I know for a fact that there are students with such backgrounds in top b-schools. The key is to come up with a different story than what will work successfully for the more ‘traditional’ banker or consultant applicant.

    Each business school has its own policy on prerequisites and all schools have been known to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. We have helped applicants with 3 year degrees (generally from India) gain admission into top US schools. You will find schools in Canada and the UK a bit more accommodating though. Don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you would like professional assistance with the school selection process.

    If you graduate with an MBA and apply yourself hard at the recruiting process, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make a career switch. Your “odds” of making the switch depend on numerous factors such as the economy, your job interview skills, network, assistance from the school’s career placement office, etc.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26221

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hi Julie,

    Julie is not currently accepting new clients; she is at full capacity. Therefore, I will be glad to answer your questions.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I took the GMAT, and got a 610 overall, and I am looking to apply to St. John’s, Fordham, Pace and Baruch for my MBA. I have some concerns, however, as to some of my application components. First off, I am 23 and have about 2 years of full time work experience, and the past 6 months of my employment has been with Citigroup, doing computer programming. My undergrad GPA was 3.62 overall, and 3.75 in my major. My writing ability is great, so I am not worried about my essays, and my recommendations are from people I trust will speak of my abilities in a positive light. My concerns do lie in my short work experience, and my AWA score, which was a dismal 3.5. With my GMAT score, undergrad GPA, short work experience and low AWA, will these raise any alarms in adcomm’s heads as to my ability to pursue graduate study? My first choice is Fordham, but I feel my age and work experience may hinder my chances of getting in. Please let me know what you think of my chances in the schools I listed. Thanks in advance!!!

    In addition to the factors you mentioned above, the admissions committees will also care deeply about your extracurricular activities and career progression. (The ‘quality’ of your work experience is even more important than its quantity.) When all of these factors are presented, a more clear picture of your best story and the ‘wow’ factor in your candidacy will emerge.

    In short, with good extracurriculars, a good career progression, and well-prepared applications, you would be competitive at the schools you mentioned right now. Unfortunately, I have inadequate information from your post to give you an accurate assessment of your chances.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me directly at the email address or telephone number below to schedule an appointment with one of our consultants.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26211

    I am ‘bumping’ this thread and I kindly ask you to post any questions for Sara 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

    AdmissionsConsultants
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    in reply to: UK Applicant #26210

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry. If you have posts for me, kindly put them on the Ask AdmissionsConsultants thread in the future.

    I am a UK applicant applying to only US schools (Top 10). Do you think that the fact that I am from the UK will help my application? Do US schools want to attract more European applicants? Also do US schools differentiate between international undergraduate universities?

    The US schools want to attract as many applicants as possible from all demographic groups. They do differentiate between different international undergraduate universities and most admissions committees have ‘specialists’ (for this one area only) who have country focuses and are expected to be familiar with a country’s schools and those schools’ selectivities and grade inflation patterns.

    Also on a slightly different tack, I have recently been made redundant. Is this something that I should go into detail in my application? Surely admissions see this all the time with people from the financial services industry.

    It needs to be addressed in your application and there are certainly right and wrong ways to spin it. While each situation is unique and will, therefore, require a different approach, a good rule of thumb is to succinctly address it and then move on and highlight your various applicant strengths.

    My background is Oxford University and investment banking.

    I wouldn’t worry about any American admissions officers being unfamiliar with your undergraduate university.

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26208

    Hi Melanie and thanks for your inquiry.

    Hello,

    Not sure if I am on the right board but I am trying to find out the best part-time MBA program in and around the Philadelphia area. I currently work at a major pharmaceutical company and plan to stay in the industry after I complete a part-time MBA program.

    I believe you’ve come to the right place. We do work with part-time MBA applicants and we can certainly assist you. I’m hesitant to use the word “best” in a general manner since the best program for one applicant may not be ideal for someone else.

    I think it’s safe to say that Wharton is widely considered the best MBA program in the Philadelphia area and, depending on your career progression, you just might qualify for their EMBA program. In terms of pure part-time programs, you have some local schools and the Langone program at NYU Stern may be a tolerable commute for you.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you would like professional assistance with the school selection and application completion process.

    Any insight would be appreciated.
    Thanks.

    Melanie Mattie

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
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    in reply to: Ask AdmissionsConsultants #26206

    Hi and thanks for your inquiry.

    I recently completed my interview at HBS. It went well! Not that many questions from the admissions person. Given your experience, what are my chances of being accepted?

    That’s a rather difficult question to answer and without having reviewed your application or being a ‘fly on the wall’ during your interview, it’s admittedly difficult to judge.

    This said, if you received an invite and if the interview did indeed go well, your chances should be pretty good right now.

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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    in reply to: Query #26205

    Hi Charlie and thanks for your inquiry. If you can kindly post future inquiries meant for me to the Ask AdmissionsConsultants thread, it would be most helpful and save me the time of reading through all the threads.

    I gave GMAT in january and got a score of 640 with Q49 and V28. Not satisfied, I gave GMAT again and got Q45 and V42(700 in all). I have a GPA of 3.52. I have a 4 yrs work ex.

    Congratulations!

    Here are my questions:

    1) I want to know if there are colleges where they can consider the best of the two scores for admission. For example, can they consider my Quant score from first try and Verbal from second instead of considering only the latest score? Can you provide the name of these colleges?

    Yes, there are b-school admissions committees that look at the highest individual section scores from across multiple GMAT exams. School selection is certainly one of the many services we offer to our clients.

    2) Also, can you tell me how much importance does essays have for the top schools like Kelloggs, Maryland, London Bus Sch.

    It’s extremely important. Particularly since the vast majority of applicants to these schools have solid academic qualifications, good work experience and good extracurricular involvement. Your story and how you run that through your essays, letters of reference, resume, and interview is what will make or break your candidacy.

    3) I sent the documents at the last moment. I think I missed the second deadline for UNC. What are the chances in third deadline?

    It’s always best to apply earlier than later to top schools to show you are sincerely interested in that program and that you are organized. Kenan-Flagler will admit applicants in all rounds.

    4) Do applicants from first deadline also compete with applicants from second deadline?

    Generally, yes because the admissions committees have a good feel for who will be applying and when. Specifically, no unless your application is waitlisted or deferred into a later round.

    I will be glad to get some answers.

    Thanks
    Charlie

    Best of luck with your applications!

    Sincerely,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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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
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
    703.242.5885

    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
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

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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
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    AdmissionsConsultants
    703.242.5885

    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
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
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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
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
    703.242.5885

    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
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    Admissions committee experience from the top b-schools

    AdmissionsConsultants
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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,

    David Petersam
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

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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
    DPetersam@admissionsconsultants.com

    AdmissionsConsultants
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