Status: First-time applicant
Pre-MBA industry: Joint Venture Advisory/Consulting
Years of experience at time of matriculation: 5
GMAT/GRE score: 650
Undergraduate GPA: 3.34/4.00
Admitted to: Fuqua
I had consultations with six agencies before deciding to work with Square One on my Fuqua application, and am certain I made the right decision.
With a very low quant GMAT score as part of a low overall score (made more challenging given my liberal arts undergraduate curriculum) and somewhat non-traditional work experience, I knew I was facing an uphill battle – so much so that two of the ‘top’ agencies wouldn’t even consider working with me. The owner of Square One wasn’t concerned about my challenges at all. On our first call, she listened to my story, candidly talked with me about my weaknesses and began to map out how we could succeed as a team. She recognized my potential and was incredibly encouraging from the start. My advisor at Square One echoed the owner’s sentiment. He helped me to sift through my experiences, skills, and traits to understand which Duke would find most unique and appealing. He was always responsive, and perfectly balanced in terms of his thoughtfulness and directness with his guidance.
I’m pleased to say that my partnership with Square One culminated in both an acceptance letter AND merit scholarship from Fuqua, my absolute dream school!