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What schools to be targeting

kROCK91kROCK91 Registered User Posts: 307 Member
I've been doing research on MBA programs I think would fit my interests. I'm concerned since I don't exactly know what would be realistic. I like Yale SOM's focus on nonprofits and Kellogg's strength in marketing, but I know these are incredibly tough programs to get into.

I graduated in 2013 with a combination neuroscience/social science major from a top 15 university and a 3.5 GPA. I'm not sure it matters, but I had a pretty bad freshman year grades wise and a great upward trend after that. Would it make sense to make a note in the app explaining that or would it be fine since my grades were good for 3 years?

I took the GRE and have a verbal score of 170/170 (99 percentile) and a quant.score of 161/170 (80th percentile). I'm a bit concerned about the quant. score.

I did a year of working in a title one school and have been working in a higher education field now in my 2nd year.

I know this isn't exactly a lot of information (especially without information on essays or recs), but I just wanted to get a realistic sense of what programs I should be applying to. Any ideas would be appreciated!

Replies to: What schools to be targeting

  • cbreezecbreeze Registered User Posts: 4,522 Senior Member
    Your grades are fine. But for MBA schools, your job progressions and achievements in the work place matter more. After all, going to business schools is all about success in the workplace and the top schools want their graduates to have the potential to be successful so your previous work experience before business schools matter a lot.
  • kROCK91kROCK91 Registered User Posts: 307 Member
    Thanks for the reply! I know that accomplishments in a work setting are very important. I just wanted to make sure I had everything covered.
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