MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19309 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3804 times:
I've been thinking about going to business school in about two years. I graduated from an Ivy League school in 2002 and I've been working with the same company since, in a fairly high profile position for my age. What do the top business schools look for in applicants? What wins you points? Should I push my gay-latino heritage? Kidding....kinda. I'm also looking at changing jobs--would that help or hinder my profile? Should I stay w/ my current employer? My ideal timeline is to get a new job for two years and then apply to biz school.
RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3786 times:
Maverick, aside from grades, etc, it is my understanding that work experience is the most important factor. And they don't just want financial types looking to become investment bankers...So if you have an offbeat job (you work for an airline, right?), that will probably work in your favor.
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Quoting BA (Reply 1): High-school GPA and SAT/ACT scores are important, but they also look a lot at personality and usually they determine this by the essay they make you write.
For an MBA program? Don't you mean GRE and college grades?
Quoting BA (Reply 1): Some business schools like the Daniels College of Business in DU require a personal one-on-one interview. I had to do it, it was relatively simple.
VSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1904 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3785 times:
the change of job is only regarded as a positive should you move into a position that offers an advancement for personal growth and development--ie you have to have a well rationed argument as to why.
top GMAT scores are as important as is experience. being able to prove success at whatever you chose to do with bonus points for acheiving said success under adverse conditions. there really is no set formula. i have 6 very close friends who started their MBA's this past fall of those 6:
3 got into harvard and not stanford
1 got into stanford but not harvard
1 got into MIT and stanford but not harvard
1 got into MIT, stanford and harvard and chose harvard
they all had very similar work experience, and very similar grades. because i know them very well, i could conjecture that the ones at harvard had excellent essays ok grades and GMAT scores in the meaty part of the curve. you just have to prove beyond a doubt that you could undertake the degree program, which in itself is very challenging.
also, your geographic location helps you out too. yay states with right angles!
BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11198 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3759 times:
Quoting RJpieces (Reply 5): I don't think #8 on a list of regional schools can be considered a top school. Read VSLovers post for what most people think of as top schools.
Top is a relative term. That page allows you to find what you are looking whether you are looking at the top 10 international schools, top 10 national schools, or top 10 regional schools.
I never claimed the Daniels College of Business was a top international school along the lines of Harvard, Yale, and Oxford.
But it's a good school, it's close to where he lives, and I gave him an idea of what to expect should he wish to apply there and that way he can make a rough prediction of what to at least expect should he wish to apply at even better schools.
How about we return to the original topic instead of debating what is a top school and what isn't?
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Ibhayi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3742 times:
Wharton is a fantastic buss school at Penn.
Harvard offer a number of week-month long courses that would most definitely open doors. A few friends have attended some of them, although purely for interest sake.
One of the easiest ways to get in, contrary to popular belief, ur family making a donation to the school or having come from a successfull background. Although whats the fun in that?
That you have come from an Ivy League school hass already opened many many doors for u.
Your reasoning for wanting to attend, where you currently work and how long you have been working for is the ultimate determinant unless you are a brilliant salesman and can talk on ur feet and sell yourself to them.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19309 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3689 times:
Quoting Pope (Reply 10): What's the use of an Ivy League education if you can't figure out how to get into grad school by yourself?
Well if you didn't already know Ivy League undergrad is a sham. You don't learn anything you couldn't find out at the library, Devry, or your local community college. But for the low low price of $30K+/year you have a piece of paper that says you went there and that does open up a lot more doors than Devry.
I had no idea you are a gay latino; I hope this isn't some kind of joke...
Schools are interested in unique personal characteristics; I would emphasize this if it has been relevant in your professional career.
I graduated from the Graduate School of Business at The University of Chicago eight years ago. I absolutely loved my experience at the school and developed very strong friendships while there. The academic experience is unbeatable, especially if you are interested in pursuing a career in finance [corporate finance, wealth management, investment management, investment research, corporate advisory, equity or fixed income sales, etc.]
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7896 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3680 times:
From the sounds of it I think you are on the right track and doing the right things now as opposed to doing this stuff in September when you should be filling out apps.
Start writing a personal statement now. A strong statement can only help you. The more focused and goal-oriented you are the better.
Make sure you have people that can write a strong letter of support. Hopefully you have a supervisor, maybe a mentor or two, that can write on your behalf. and can say more than you are a good worker and a bright kid. It wouldn't hurt if some of your letter writers were alums of the particular school/program you are applying for.
and obviously a strong undergrad GPA and high GMAT scores will help, but everyone applying to top tier schools will have that. Which is why the above stuff is so important.
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VSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1904 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3669 times:
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 9): What kind of GPAs did they have in undergrad? I gotta admit I slacked off in undergrad primarily for reasons I absolutely don't regret but I can understand if b-schools aren't interested.
with the exception of one guy, we all had graduated with honors of some type--some were magna, some were summa, and some plain old cum laude. the cutoffs the year i graduated were a GPA of 3.82 and above to graduate summa cum laude, between 3.67 to 3.81 to graduate magna cum laude and between 3.47 and 3.66 to graduate cum laude.
so again they were all applying with A- to B+ averages and one guy had a 3.2 but four years out of school, a low GPA wont necessarily keep you out. a bad GPA and bad GMAT will...but with a weak GPA your scores, and especially experience will make up a lot.
and i dont agree with you fully on the ivy-sham. i think aside from the many open doors resulting from graduating from my ivy the sheer resources available make the academic experience vastly superior to many non-ivy school that arent as highly funded. not to say you cant get a better experience at some schools, i'm just saying in general--because this could be debated ad naseum dependent on specialties, research, sciences, arts blah blah blah blah
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3642 times:
Most ivy league schools, Stanford, MIT, Duke, et al., groom their undergrads for top business schools. I'm sure that many of your classmates have gone on to top tier business schools. Ask them, or ask the placement office of your school. They're in the business of putting their graduates into top professional schools. A decent GPA from an ivy (3.3+), high GMAT scores, great recommendations and a good reason to get the MBA (starting your own airline seems like a winner since most MBA candidates just want to go work for McKinsey or Bain Consulting or the like) will win the admissions committee over.
StevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3638 times:
Quoting Jaysit (Reply 18): (starting your own airline seems like a winner since most MBA candidates just want to go work for McKinsey or Bain Consulting or the like) will win the admissions committee over.
Either that or they'll call the mental institution and have you hauled away in a straight-jacket! Starting an airline...not something I would ever want to do.
Well commercial aviation is obviously my passion (duh, look at where we are), and starting an airline is a dream but not necessarily one that I'll be upset if I don't achieve. It at least puts me on a track, in a direction, with some drive, and I know a lot of jobs and schools appreciate that in applicants. On the other hand, the school I went to for undergrad completely missed it, and I literally fell over myself trying to get their attention, taking classes for no credit, emails galore, interviews, etc., to no avail and that really irritated me.