I just finished a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science (quant heavy major) from UC San Diego (top 10 public) with a 3.128 GPA. My short list of schools include Ross, Fuqua, McCombs, Johnson, Tepper, and Kenan-Flagler, with Ross and Fuqua being my top choices. I took the GMAT in February and scored a 710 (Q49, V36, IR2 – The 2 on integrative reasoning was the test nerves). I’m thinking of possibly retaking the GMAT, aiming for a 730 at least.
Currently, I work in a software engineering role at Hewlett-Packard and am hoping to eventually transition into Product Management/Corporate Strategy after my MBA. I have 1 year of work experience under my belt, and am looking to add 4-5 more before business school. Given that the average GPA at my top choices is around a 3.4-3.5 and my GMAT is right at the average, how would you think I fare at these schools? I am thinking of taking some extension classes at UCLA extension to boost my academic profile and show that my grades in undergrad were really because of my immaturity (and a very intense course load).
I was also wondering what else I could do to boost my chances at these schools. This fall, I will be serving as a Team Lead for Minds Matter (a nonprofit volunteer organization that helps inner-city high school kids), and am looking to possibly go to Rio de Janeiro next summer to volunteer at the Olympics. I am also an Eagle Scout, looking to help a local troop out as an assistant Scoutmaster or merit badge counselor, and am looking to get involved with the UCSD alumni association.
With this being said, where do I stand?
- anonymous Bump 10char
- Linda El Awar expert @Varun777, you should definitely consider taking some business courses such as Accounting and Finance. Given that you are also looking a few years into the future, soak up every leadership and teamwork opportunity that you can, inside and outside the workplace. Community involvement is always a huge plus and often gives people a chance to have major leadership experiences they would have had to wait years to achieve in the workforce.