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I am 36, 15 years work experience, own a small-business (bed & breakfast), have travelled to 18 countries on 3 continents, plenty of community/civic activities, GRE 156v153q, overall GPA 3.0. BSBA UNC in 1999. I want to go into a full-time MBA due to a career/life change not into an executive MBA since I do not plan on working full-time while in school. Going to UNC first choice but also NCSU, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, and Michigan (due to my automotive background). Any thoughts?

I am 36, 15 years work experience, own a small-business (bed & breakfast), have travelled to 18 countries on 3 continents, plenty of community/civic activities, GRE 156v153q, overall GPA 3.0. BSBA UNC in 1999. I want to go into a full-time MBA due to a career/life change not into an executive MBA since I do not plan on working full-time while in school. Going to UNC first choice but also NCSU, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, and Michigan (due to my automotive background). Any thoughts?
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ralph

In terms of your profile, you'd probably fit in better in a cohort that has a wider range of average work experience - so, Georgia Tech or Fuqua, over George Washington.

However, I really would just apply to the schools that are most interesting to you. MBA cohort data shows that those 30+ make up a small fraction of full-time MBA cohorts - but I don't think that this suggests that older candidates have a harder time in the application process; rather, there are just fewer of them applying.

The one thing I'd suggest is if you think you can get a higher GRE or GMAT score, this would help you. Your GRE score roughly converts to about 600 on the GMAT scale, which isn't as competitive at the top schools (Fuqua, UNC, Michigan.)

In terms of your profile, you'd probably fit in better in a cohort that has a wider range of average work experience - so, Georgia Tech or Fuqua, over George Washington.

However, I really would just apply to the schools that are most interesting to you. MBA cohort data shows that those 30+ make up a small fraction of full-time MBA cohorts - but I don't think that this suggests that older candidates have a harder time in the application process; rather, there are just fewer of them applying.

The one thing I'd suggest is if you think you can get a higher GRE or GMAT score, this would help you. Your GRE score roughly converts to about 600 on the GMAT scale, which isn't as competitive at the top schools (Fuqua, UNC, Michigan.)
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