I was wondering if I could get some opinions on how competitive my application would be for some of the top schools (Harvard, Columbia, Wharton, Chicago):
26 year old white male
Working as an equity analyst at a major mutual fund company for 2 years (3 at matriculation) and prior to that 2 more years working in operations at the same company.
GPA: 3.4 from a state university
GMAT: 710 (92%), Verbal 38 (83%), Quant 49 (86%), Writing 4.5 (37%)
The percentile on the writing section looks really bad. I've only taken the GMAT once and I've heard that schools don't really care about that so I'm thinking I shouldn't worry about it? Thoughts?
My GMAT score is ok, around average for a lot of the top schools. I think it helps that my verbal and quant scores are balanced. My GPA is probably average or maybe slightly below average.
When I look at the median GMAT and median GPA for schools should I assume that the median is actually higher? I wondering if they just get so many more applications from people like me (white male in finance) that maybe it is going to be more competitive than those number suggest?
Do you guys think that I am really going to have to hit it out of the park on my essays to get in? Thanks.
AWA score isn't the most important thing, but a school will see it, in your case it shouldn't be an issue.
Your profile is pretty good but also pretty standard for HSW, those schools will be stretches for anyone. There isn't anything that makes you stick out too much from what you have given us.
You will of course have to hit it out of the park with your essays, schools like Booth and Columbia, will be easier but by no means locks.
THink about this question: yes you may be a "standard" applicant, but what special factors do you bring to the table. Those will need to be highlighted to set you apart.