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A Canadian looking for American advice, Which schools!!?

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Status: Writing my first GMAT on MArch 28/2012
Joined: 13 Sep 2010
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Location: Canada
Concentration: Finance, International Business
Schools: Schulich, Rotman '15
GMAT Date: 03-28-2012
GPA: 2.8
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A Canadian looking for American advice, Which schools!!? [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 17:41
I am Canadian and have already planned out which schools I would like to apply to in Canada (Rotman, Schulich, Ivey) but I would also love to apply to the states because quite frankly I want to experience something in life before I turn 30.

So here are my stats:
- I will be 24 at matriculation.
- I have not written my GMAT yet but lets project a score of 650 based on tests written already
- GPA in a Bachelor of Business Administration of 2.8
Work Experience:
- 1 year Sales Associate at Wireless Wave (Cell Phone Dealer; achieved top sales in the province consistently winning multiple incentives/competitions)
- 4 months Procurement Co-op Student at Wabush Mines (Iron Ore Mine; Work-term)
- 8 months Financial Services Representative at a local Credit Union
- 1 year as Sales Assistant for a major banking/investment firm within canada
- I want to concentrate in the Finance field

There are no specific areas geographically in the states I would prefer over the others, although after living in Northeast Canada my whole life, I wouldn't mind somewhere warm :)

My problems seem to be my lack of work experience and my GPA isn't great either. But i'm convinced that 650 is the lowest my GMAT is going to come back after the effort I've been putting in and will continue to put in leading up to december.

So the question goes out to all my fellow gmatclubers, I need your help, because the US offers so many different schools, I would love a few names that I could look into a little more in depth. Obviously I would love a competitive school, with brand recognition, so what do you guys think? Help me out!!
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Re: A Canadian looking for American advice, Which schools!!? [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 07:44
hi nphelan, your 650/2.8 will be a handicap for you in the top 20 b-schools. Of course, there are other things that adcoms look at, so definitely showcase and demonstrate yourself in your strong points. At this point, my recommendation is to look at USNews' top 40-60 range, which still includes some big regional names, such as Wake Forest, Penn State, and UCI to name a few.
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Status: Writing my first GMAT on MArch 28/2012
Joined: 13 Sep 2010
Posts: 124
Location: Canada
Concentration: Finance, International Business
Schools: Schulich, Rotman '15
GMAT Date: 03-28-2012
GPA: 2.8
WE: Corporate Finance (Other)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 24 [0], given: 9

Re: A Canadian looking for American advice, Which schools!!? [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 19:06
Great! thanks so much!
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Re: A Canadian looking for American advice, Which schools!!?   [#permalink] 27 Jul 2011, 19:06
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