well i got one admission but got rejected from 3 schools which I was hopeful to get in. I got 750 on GMAT so don't be surprised to get rejected form low-rank schools with high GMAT score
While I can't tell you of anyone who has been rejected from the schools they applied to with a gmat over 700, I can tell you I know tons, tons, and just to be clear tons of people who have been rejected with GMATs substantially over the school's average (40 pts. or more). This doesn't even mean that these kids had bad profiles. Some of them had spectacular profiles. Admissions is a tricky business. Some things that influence admission that aren't really qualities that show how good of an academic you will be:
- Age- If you are too much older, some schools won't be interested in you.
- ADS- If you are pursuing a PhD in accounting, people are automatically strongly biased to get AICPA funded students instead of funding the student themselves. This can easily result in sub-par students joining schools.
- Research interests- I know an applicant who was told that the research area where five of the professors did research already had too many PhDs but that they would be considered if they changed their research interests. Most schools wouldn't call to give you this option.
-Personal connections- This is much rarer, but sometimes a student can benefit from the network established by his family or by some other personal representative. This also can relate to institutional reputation. Whether this is the halo effect or simply a form of insider trading, it happens.
-Too good- Surprisingly, if you have a 760 gmat and you apply to Drexel, Drexel probably won't call you. They know you don't really want to go there and that you are making them a safety school. So you often see the case where a school will reject a student simply based on the fact they don't believe the applicant would ever come there.
-International- Hate to say it but people are biased against you. Look to older forum discussions.
Anyway, I think this is a pretty good list. I know there are others but I thought I should share some things that I have seen that affects admissions.
Yeah, I could show you kids accepted to Cornell, Stanford, Chicago, and Illinois, who have been rejected by Kansas, Drexel, Temple, and Missouri. That is why if you have a really great profile but are geographically bound to a lower tier school then you want to make it extremely clear your interest in that school.
Here's a great thread on the subject of age and applications:
http://www.urch.com/forums/phd-busin...ggestions.html (Non-Traditional Applicant (Older, Underrepresented Groups, Diversity...) Suggestions)
Last edited by rsaylors; 06-21-2012 at 10:11 PM.
You can find a list of accredited programs:here Do NOT choose a "program" or "format" as these features are quite buggy. 24% don't list GMATOriginally Posted by Indus
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