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Competitive at top 10? UCLA Anderson? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2012, 18:08
I am mainly interested in top 10 US schools as well as UCLA.

My stats are as follows:
Undergrad: top 50 state school, bs accounting, gpa 3.6
Study abroad: Elite private university in Japan, gpa 3.9
GMAT: 1st attempt 660 (47Q, 35V), 2nd attempt 660 (49 Q, 32 V)
Work Experience: Top BB - 2.5 yrs leadership rotation program in Asia (one chosen out of 3000 competitive applicants amidst financial crisis); Another mid tier BB - currently 9 months in the finance division (Japan) where I am given more responsibility and deal more with strategic projects
Extracurriculars: Volunteer/fund raising at Rehabilitation hospital (raised close to 90Kusd for the facility, leader of top-BB's leadership development program (chosen as I had top rank in my analyst class)
Certifications: CPA (top scores), CFA Level II candidate
Extra: Father has passed away during high school, and mother suffered a serious stroke during my junior yr in college (currently handicapped on the entire left side of the body)

I know that my gmat may hurt me for top 10, but do you think my application will be competitive at UCLA? Also, any other schools you recommend me apply to? I have interests in corporate development, asset management, banking.

I also have an offer for LSE's Msc accounting and finance, do you guys think that may be better if i do not get into a top 15 MBA? Please consider new Visa rules making it much harder (close to impossible) for foreigners to find work in London.
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Re: Competitive at top 10? UCLA Anderson? [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 17:39
I think you have a shot at top 10 schools. a higher GMAT would certainly help, but your Quant score is good. If you can craft good essays, a school may take you. You have a good GPA and good work experience, and your EC activities as well as all of the events in your family sound like good sources of stories for your candidacy.

The one thing you haven't mentioned is your goal after MBA. Most schools directly ask that in your essay, and you'll need to provide a goal that sounds feasible and makes sense for you.

I don't know anything about that LSE program, so I can't help you there.
Re: Competitive at top 10? UCLA Anderson?   [#permalink] 18 Oct 2012, 17:39
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