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Help with list of schools [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2005, 08:29
Hi,
I am planning to apply for fall 2006 and have come up with a list of schools I want to apply to. I wanted some suggestions/feedback on whether some of these schools are a reach or do not fit my profile. Any suggestions are welcome.

Male/Indian/28

Education: BS in Electronics Engg from India (not an IIT) ~ 72%
MS in EE from US Univ ~ 3.45
GMAT: 730 Q50(97%);V38(85%)

Work Ex: 4.5 year at time of applying as Hardware Engg at Intel. Lead design and validation teams for a year now. team distributed across US and also in B'lore and Malaysia. Changed groups once and can get recos from current manager and previous manager.

Extra curricular: Cultural Secy of Univ at Undergrad. Won Best in Extra Curricular for Graduating class.
Represented Univ and later Intel in Table Tennis.
Ranked 35 in AZ state for Table Tennis.

Community Service: Involved with organization helping educational programs for under-previlaged kids in India for the last 7-8 months.

MBA plans: want to do finance. 5 years at an IB firm after graduation followed by 5-7 years at Private Equity firm. Then start my own VC or join a VC in India. I know which specific firms I want to join (if possible) and stuff but that will make this too long.

Schools planning to apply to : MIT, Haas, GSB Chicago, Kellogg, Darden, NYU and UCLA.

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2005, 16:48
Not sure I understand the schools you've selected based on your stated career objectives. Certainly you can get to where you want to go with those schools, but I anticipated a list like the following:

Wharton, Columbia, NYU, Chicago, Cornell and Rochester.
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My choice of schools is also partly influenced by the probability of my wife finding a job there while I am at school. This is the reason, I ruled out Cornell and Rochester. My guess is that it is easier to find a job in places like NY, Chicago, Bay Area etc than Ithica and Rochester given that she is a software engineer.
Now, to the second part of my question, is Columbia receptive to my people with my background? I am safer applying to MIT or Columbia? Same thing between Wharton and Kellogg?
Also, I am not very sure about UCLA as a safety school? I am undecided between applying to only 6 schools and waiting for a year if dinged and going to UCLA if accepted only there. Any thoughts?
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Yes Columbia and Wharton are receptive to applicants with your background. UCLA is definitely note a safety school. Applying to more than 6 schools is way too many, given the fact that you really really need to tailor your application to each school You should never never consider doing a cut paste job.
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