Your profile seems somewhat similar to mine--Asian male, somewhat recent grad, similar academic history. I'd recommend adding Columbia and UChicago to your list, and maybe adding a couple safety schools (while you should be competitive at most of your choices, it might be advisable to choose a fallback). As far as applying with less than average experience, if you feel ready to attend b-school, and you can effectively convey that through your essays, i don't see any reason to hesitate in submitting applications. Best of luck to you, and I hope you find the answers you're looking for here.
Hi everyone. I appreciate any suggestions and comments regarding my profile evaluation.
Personal: Asian male, 24 years old
Undergraduate: 3.5/4.0, top 10 undergraduate business school; Spring 2009
Work Experience: Consulting at a big four accounting firm since Fall 2009. Primarily performing quantitative analysis, such as validating financial models and valuing derivatives
GMAT: 730 (V44, Q47)
Activities: Volunteer program, clubs during undergraduate studies
Objective: Business development at Fortune 500 company
Targets: Finance program at Berkeley, MIT, UCLA, Wharton, Yale (any additional programs/schools I should consider?)
One big question I have is regarding when to apply. It sounds as though a lot of people go through the application process twice. If I apply this year, I’ll only have two years of working experience, and so I’m not sure if that will be looked upon favorably. On the other hand, if I wait until next year to apply and don’t get accepted, I will have to wait until five years after I’ve graduated from undergraduate (five years working experience) to apply again.
Any feedback and questions are greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance.