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scott.. purchased your book recently and found it to be very insightful... great job. my question, im having a hard time narrowing schools down and may end up being in the shot gun camp that you described... but since im done with GMAT (730 47Q 42V), i have plenty of time and resources to tailor each essay for the specific school that im applying to by 2nd round deadlines. does anyone know for certain whether schools know exactly which other schools you are applying to? im just paranoid cos i need to be in school next year.

real quickily again, my background: 28 male, asian american, 3.8 GPA, 6 years exp in commercial banking/finance, plenty of leadership roles in work, community work through my church, two outstanding recommenders, and working on powerful essays. aim is to work in corporate finance... or private equity.. target schools: haas, wharton, kellogg, chicago, columbia, stern, marshall, anderson, yale, and cornell. what are my chances...

oh yeah one more question, how many different profile pools do you think programs evaluate you against... ie. will i be competing specifically with asians americans in commerical banking. do you think adcomms start first with ethnicity or industry.. i know they want their class to be as diverse as possible so it would make sense to compare on at least one of the major categories. thanks.. again, great job with the book.
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Thanks for the kind words! About your concern re: a school knowing which other schools you're applying to, don't worry about it too much. The only way they know is if you tell them in your application or your interview (some schools ask this). My advice is to be honest if you're asked about it in the interview, although I might not volunteer all ten schools. I might list maybe your top five, just to avoid sounding too shotgun-like. Just have a good reason why you're applying to each school.

When you take the GMAT and name the schools you want to send the info to, I think each school on your list *may* see the other schools that you sent the info to. (Can anyone else confirm that?) But even if they do see that list, they don't put too much stock in it. Even if it does matter, your success is going to matter so much more on other factors, such as your GMAT score (which is great), your essays, interview, recs, etc. So, in the grand scheme of things, don't sweat it.

As for your other question, I would say that your most direct competition will likely come from other people with commercial banking backgrounds. In terms of what schools look for (professional experience being the biggest thing), those people will obviously have the most in common with you, so you'll need o differentiate yourself from them more than anyone else.

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