– Hey guys welcome to another educational video.
In this video I’m gonna teach you
how to assess your chances of getting into your dream university.
Because sometimes you’re like, oh I want to get into Harvard.
But how do you know if you’re good enough?
How do you know if you have good chances of getting accepted?
One key to it is looking at an average class profile,
and I’m gonna teach you all of the tips and tricks
that you can use to assess your own chances.
So if you’re interested, continue watching this video.
So basically what you want to do
is go to your university’s page,
go to the admissions page
and sometimes they would even publish the class profile.
A lot of MBA programs do that.
If your program does not publish the average class file
and I know that a lot of bachelors don’t do it, a lot of masters,
you can basically reach out to the admissions committee and tell them hey,
my name is Marina, I’m an international student applying to your program,
我叫Marina 是一名国际学生 想申请你们项目
could you please tell me what was the average GPA of the students you’ve accepted last year?
And maybe you could also advise me on,
you know, the amount of work experience they’ve had
or maybe what you’re looking at when you’re considering an application.
Because this would give you an idea of what to strive for,
maybe you should do more volunteer experience,
maybe you should double down on your tests,
because again, average class profile is what you should strive to become and
if you’re at least 10 % better,
the good chances are you’re getting in,
you’re getting some financial aid.
If you’re 10% worse on each category,
like your GPA is 10% worse,
your work experience is 10% less,
then maybe it makes sense to postpone your application for a couple of more months
and dive deeper into tests.
Or maybe even apply next year.
Or maybe lower the plank of your universities and
look for some low ranking ones but that have more chances of you getting accepted.
Let’s take a look average class profile.
Let’s do Harvard.
So what we have here is
9,000 applicatants, 900 got accepted,
less than 10%.
69 countries represented,
perfect a lot of international students,
41 % women, 37 % international,
nice but what interests me a lot is first GPA,
is my GPA high enough? Like,
if you are getting this 3.71 GPA, the average,
and yours is like 3.3,
that means you have to show really high
GMAT score, like higher than average.
Because you have to be, on average I would
say in order to get accepted and get financial aid,
you need to be at least 10 % higher
than average on every single criteria.
Like GPA and work experience, test results, et cetera.
例如GPA 工作经历 考试成绩 等等
But if you’re not, like be careful here.
This is something that I will always pay attention to, background.
Like economics, humanities, STEM.
如经济学 人文学 工科等
Like this doesn’t give me a lot of information,
but for example, if I’m applying from an economics background,
I know that I’m in the majority.
Which means that I have better chances, slightly better chances of getting accepted.
Average age 27, sounds good of you’re a 29,
if you’re a 25 that’s all good.
If you’re like 45, you might be a little like,
because again, universities are looking for diverse classes.
But they also want everyone to get well on together.
So they would be looking at people from different backgrounds,
but also like different ages.
But not like way too far,
so maybe if you’re 45,
I would recommend looking at executive MBA programs.
Because BA programs are always like,
so much fun, like parties and stuff.
I don’t know if you’re interested in that at the age of 45.
But maybe if you are, again no worries here.
GMAT and GRE, because they accept both,
they’re gon na give you like, median.
Okay so the median is 730.
If your GMAT is 690,
well for Harvard, I wouldn’t really apply.
Maybe try, but the chances are low.
Again, ideally your GMAT is like 740.
Or if you’re taking GRE,
it’s almost like 170 on both.
170 is the maximum here,
so again you want to be at least 10% better.
Or at least like, not more than 10% worse.
When I was at this Harvard MBA meetup,
what they told me, like you always have a chance of applying later, right?
You always have those three deadlines,
the ideal situation is that you apply in
the first or second deadline.
If you’re applying in the third deadline,
there are really low chances of getting accepted.
But sometimes you’re like, maybe I should apply
in the second deadline instead of the first.
So the decision making process here should look like,
would I be able to improve my test scores
by 35% if I apply in the second round?
And if the answer is yes, then just postpone your application,
work a little more on your tests,
and apply later.
Another important thing to mention,
again what I’ve done when I was communicating with the universities,
I was communicating with them, like writing emails.
It’s real important to show that you’re interested and
I was attending all of the seminars and webinars
that they conducted for international or like, any applicants.
There would be like 20 people at those seminars,
especially if it’s a small university.
But they’re gonna remember you.
They’re gonna remember as an active student.
For a top ranking universities,
they would want you to come on campus, maybe to take a tour,
this is like an ideal thing.
And they always ask for it.
Like, if you look at an application,
you would always see a question like
Have you attended any of our open days?
Have you attended any meetings?
Have you met with our admissions committee?
Because they want to see how interested you are.
How much you’re willing to commit to this application,
are you willing to travel for it?
Are you willing to go to another city for that?
Because sometimes they have like,
travel admissions committees
and you can just meet them in different places of the world.
So if you don’t have the chance to travel,
at least go to all of their seminars,
webinars and stuff and use your real name while registering,
because again, this is the way for them to remember you,
and this really works.
Thank you guys so much for watching this video up to the very end.
My goal with this video is that you finish watching it
with a full picture in your brain,
like what are your chances of getting accepted?
Where do you stand regarding to the students who go accepted last year?
And I hope you enjoyed watching it,
I hope it was useful.
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