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Went to top 20 ugrad, 3.4 GPA. Joined a top Strat boutique for a year, then had to leave to care for my sick mother. I spent 3 years at home working in a retail store. 740 GMAT. Schools to target?

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Have you tried to get back in at the same level?

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Just do a free MBA admissions consultation and let a professional advise you. What does “retail” mean? Very different schools if you were just a cashier or rose through the ranks quickly to be store manager.

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You can spin it that you had to take care of your family and demonstrate leadership through your managerial experience. Show how you applied your year of consulting to the retail job. That said, you will be competing against traditional consulting applicants, so you will need to compensate for your story with good recommendations and a better GMAT.

Context: I’m trying to use the MBA to get back into consulting. I know that I’m likely not a candidate for M7 or even T15, but I’d like to know which schools may be more receptive to my story. It’s been a very difficult three years - I’m confident in my abilities and work ethic, just need to get a foot in the door

Darden, Fuqua, YSOM, Stern, Ross- all target / reach schools for you that are strong feeders to MBB consulting

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