Looking to apply to business school later this year, and I am trying to narrow down school choices prior to taking the GMAT for the first time. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Thank you for your service and for having posed this question. Are you leaning toward one particular geographic area of the country over another or are you completely wide open at this point?
If the latter, my initial thoughts is to target larger cities that have a business hub (i.e. New York, Boston, Chicago, etc.) or an emerging business presence (i.e. Nashville, Charlotte/Raleigh).
I spent six years assisting military service members, veterans and their families at a mid-size 4-year non-profit institution of higher learning in NYC, make the seamless, at times challenging transition from combat to classroom and from classroom to career. I'd love to provide some additional information and even offer some specific schools who currently have strong veteran program infrastructures in place.
Bear in mind depending on the business tier of the school, the GMAT minimum score may vary. Looking forward to hearing from you if you would like some additional information.
St. Joseph's in Philadelphia has a program where Vet Business Owners come once a year to a fully paid week long program that helps them to build their business.
When I left the Navy as a Lieutenant some 20 years ago, I went right into a full-time MBA program at Babson College. In a class of 60, there were three ex-military students. I found that to be a big advantage ( I was better prepared for the workload and teamwork required). I looked at Georgetown - excellent school with a big military network there, and William and Mary - also an excellent school with a fairly large military network. I would recommend looking beyond just schools where ex-military folks go. Your skills from the Navy will give you a leg up on civilians, and you will be differentiated.
I would also get your GMAT done first. Your score will have a lot to do with what schools will look at you. There are a lot of MBA programs you will certainly find one, But there are only about 100 really good programs, and you want to get into one of those so after graduation you land a job and a good paycheck.
Different schools have different specialties like international business, entrepreneurship, finance, etc. So think about the type of job you want after you complete your MBA and match that to your school specialty.
US News has as good a list and research as any. Start there.
For me, Babson was the best school for entrepreneurship, and I have been doing startups ever since. It has been both a successful and rewarding career.
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