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Female, 710, 3.2 GPA, CPA

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Female, 710, 3.2 GPA, CPA [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2013, 09:46
Wondering if I have any chance to get into NYU, Columbia, and MIT.

-Female (white); looking to concentrate in finance and possibly strategy
-710 GMAT, 48Q, 40V, on first try (although this was very disappointing to me as I had been scoring significantly higher on verbal on the practice tests)
-CPA straight out of college (passed all parts on the first try in 3 months; 6 months after undergrad graduation)
-2.5 years big 4 accounting experience, 6 months as a senior analyst in finance at a large media company
-3.2 gpa from top 25 undergraduate business school, top 50 ranked private university overall
-skipped a grade (can't I throw that in there somewhere?!)
-Volunteer experience: not a ton, but in 2012 I taught 5th graders in a low-income public school on Wednesdays for an hour 6 consecutive weeks

Are these schools a huge stretch? Should I re-take the GMAT?
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Re: Female, 710, 3.2 GPA, CPA [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2013, 17:39
Thank you for your posting.

I would not re-take your GMAT. I would use all of your available time and energy to make sure your application is as strong as it can be. A 3.2 GPA (while not awful, is not great) and this is your entire margin of error in your application. Thus, all aspects of your application have to be compelling and competitive. No room for error. An additional 30 points on your GMAT is not going to make a difference in your candidacy.

As for the schools you have targeted -- MIT and Columbia are very numbers driven and your GPA places you at a distinct disadvantage. I would recommend that you replace (or add) Wharton to your list -- as Wharton is very women friendly. Stern is the easiest of all the schools on your list but you have to really sell admissions that it is your top choice.

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Re: Female, 710, 3.2 GPA, CPA   [#permalink] 08 Aug 2013, 17:39
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