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Candidate:

Mr. Military

About Me:

I am a Logistics Specialist in the United States Navy for the last 14 years, which has allowed me to see the world: from the Mediterranean, to the Middle East, and all the way across the Pacific Ocean. I am looking to see how my college and professional life would look to future graduate schools.

Details:

Undergrad School: Strayer Univeristy

Undergrad Major: Business Administration

GPA: 3.1

GMAT: 650

Age: 32,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: lean six sigma green belt

Work History:

Title: Logistics Specialist

Industry: Government

Company:

Length of Employment: 10 yrs, 11 mos

Big Life Wins:

One of my biggest wins in my personal life was earning my Bachelor’s degree, as I had tried to go to college fresh out of high school and I did not have the discipline to study outside of class. I am so glad and proud that I graduated with above a 3.0 level GPA considering I had only passed one class prior to joining the Navy.

Post MBA Goal:

My desire is to go back to the state of Texas after the military and post-MBA to work in my second career. I enjoyed learning during my undergraduate time, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for me in the job market.

Schools:

Target School: Duke Fuqua

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 18%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 15%

    My first piece of advice to you is to apply to a broader range of schools. If your desire is to work in Texas, I would put near the top of my list UT-Austin and Rice as well as SMU, UT-Dallas and Texas A&M. It’s generally a bad idea in MBA admissions to put all your eggs in one basket, especially when your core stats fall below a highly selective school’s GMAT and GPA averages. Your service is admirable and may allow you to overcome a GMAT that is 54 points below the latest class average and a GPA that at 3.1 is below the 3.49 for the newest class at Fuqua. Truth is, Fuqua has a reputation for walking the common MBA admissions talk …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Mr. Military – Susan Cera, Director of MBA Admissions here.

    First, thank you for your service! Having spent nearly a decade with admissions committee at Duke Fuqua, I know they truly value candidates who bring the experiences one can only get in the military.

    Based on the limited information available, I do have several concerns about your candidacy. First, both your GPA and GMAT are well below the Fuqua averages. While it is okay for one to be low, you need to demonstrate that you are ready for the academic rigor of a top MBA. Second, your 10+ years of work experience puts you outside of the 80% range for years of work experience. This may put you at a disadvantage when looking for your first …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 10%

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  • 15% | 1 week ago

    Thank you for your service! I hope you are able to return to Texas and enjoy a second career. Like John said, you may want to target a few Texas-based schools to increase those odds. It seems like you have a story for the 'lower GPA;' it'll be critical to effectively communicate that. Beyond your commendable service, I think you will really have to highlight achievements in your role as a Logistics Specialist. Show the positive trajectory over recent years that demonstrate your readiness for an MBA.
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