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Help in university selection [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 20:49
Hi Hjort,

First of all, I would like to commend you for your excellent advice to prospective MBA students.

I am looking for some help with my school selection.

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Male, Indian , 25 years old

Education: Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications) from Bombay University. Ranked in top 2% of university

Experience: Almost 3.5 years. Will be 4+ years in Fall 2006.
Worked in a multi-billion dollar Indian IT company тАУ 3 years .
Currently working in a small US IT product company тАУ 6 months to date.
Total international experience : 1 year (US only)

Test Scores : GMAT : 780 Q:50, V:48

Extra curricular activities : Active in Trivia / Quizzing .Won a number of contests at the university level as well as representing my previous company.

Community Service: Nothing to write home about, but planning to remedy that soon.

Selection criteria :
I am looking at primarily US colleges with a strong program in Finance .
Prefer colleges that offer aid/scholarships.

My shortlist so far :

Chicago-GSB, NYU-Stern , Sloan, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Darden, Cornell, Kenan Flagler ,Rochester , Duke

I know it a long list rather than a short list, but that is where I need some guidance :)

Potential problems in my applications:
My Community Service is not stellar.
I am not too sure of my recommendation at my new company because they are likely to be pissed that I am going to be quitting for an MBA (I have only been there for 6 months so far).
Distinguishing myself from the rest of the Indian male IT pool is a factor


Keeping all this in mind , what are your views on my competitiveness at the schools mentioned above?

Are there any universities that I should be knocking off/adding to the list ?
Additionally do you have any suggestions for тАЬsafeтАЭ schools and/or schools where I could have a decent shot at aid/scholarships?


Thanks a lot,

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 [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 20:59
Penn is a clear school to consider. How would you link your present career with your interest in Finance? What subfield or career path in Finance interests you?
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Help in university selection [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2005, 21:24
Hjort wrote:
Penn is a clear school to consider. How would you link your present career with your interest in Finance? What subfield or career path in Finance interests you?


Yes Penn is a great school too .Do you think I have a reasonable chance there?

The client I worked with in my previous company was a Financial major .I have some fairly specialized domain knowledge in a few niches of the Financial services industry.

As far as career paths, I am leaning towards Corporate Finance .
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