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Dinged at Cornell... Help me to Re-evaluate... [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2006, 13:52
Applied to Cornell back in late Sept. Got an interview request almost immediately. Had a really tough interview with a director of admissions ops. I got Dinged. I think the interview was my undoing... I was expecting a less formal interview... She wasn't having it... It was going to be rigidly structured. Interviewed at Tuck a few weeks ago. Second year student... Went fantastically well and I have great recs lined up for Tuck and great essays... But I need to apply to some more schools as I don't want to be dinged all around.

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GMAT: 680
GPA 3.5 from Tufts U
BA in History, MA Education
Desired Field: Securities Analysis/Investment Management.
Bit of a low quant score, but CFA Level 1 to try to balance that out.

Aside from Tuck, where I think I would be a good fit (I'm from NH) where else would you recommend I try applying?

Thank you, -Mark
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2006, 13:53
Oh yeah... current work: Brokerage for a Top Firm.
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If you're interested in finance, then definitely consider the heavies, like Columbia, Sloan, Wharton, and NYU. It's hard to narrow that list down for you more since I don't know much about you, but if you're really interested in finance, those seem like logical choices. Tuck's a terrific school, but is known more for general management than for finance.

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Would I be competitive at schools of that caliber?
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It depends on how much more there is to your application, including leadership experiences, community involvement, and anything else that helps make you come across as unique. Definitely don't rule yourself ot just because of a GMAT score.

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 [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2006, 22:08
Nice... I am from an economically disadvantaged background, a heart defect from birth, and other difficulties that make me unique and compelling to those schools that have a "how are you different/diverse or have overcome adversity" type of essay. I think that I also have a great career change story... brokerage is just the very outskirts of finance. I want to get in to the guts of it with securities analysis.
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Those things can all help you. Good luck!

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 [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2006, 14:26
I am going to apply to...

1. UChicago
2. MIT
3. Yale
4. Tuck
5. UNC
6. Kelley
7. UMichigan
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