So that's about a 710 gmat (good) but 96th V 69th Q split (better if that was flipped... but OK) (going by percentiles).
"well, ageism is illegal, so let's call it "perceived fit")" Is it illegal in admissions?
You might want to double that; there was a thread around about people with a total shut-out at 700+I plan to apply to 6 or 7 schools
Not at all. As Roy Suddaby said: There's no doubt that facility with language is directly linked to ability to build theory.1. Would it be a waste of time for me to apply to programs with average GMAT scores of 700 and above?
In OB I would argue that V is more important than Q; we have easily understood software packages for statistics... no device can overcome an inability to built novel theory.
There are very few programs that fail to offer a full tuition waiver, an assistance-ship that pays enough to live in an apartment and eat food you cook yourself, most also include medical-coverage.2. Should I be reasonably confident of a funded acceptance offer from at least one 2nd tier program?
Ph.D.s only; Preferably someone that can speak to your ability to be a researcher (maybe your JD profs?)Is it better for me to request letters of recommendation from my undergrad liberal arts professors, or should I rely on past supervisors (non-academic) and community college math instructors (non-tenured, maybe not even with PhD...)
Let's be clear though; Intb and OB, while related, are sometimes quite different as well. Why do you want a Ph.D. and what defines your research interest?