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MBA Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2011, 01:29
Hello,

I am planning on applying to several U.S. business schools this upcoming Fall for 2012 admission next year.My key statistics are as follows:

Nationality: Canadian
Age: 25 (Will be 26 by matriculation in 2012)
Ethnicity: Half-Pakistani, Half-Dutch (Not sure how important this is)
Undergraduate: Carleton University (Canada) 3.6 GPA Commerce degree with a concentration in finance (Highest Honours)
GMAT: 700
Work experience: Will have 3 years of experience by matriculation, with approximately 1 year being domestic as an associate at TD Bank Financial Group in commercial banking in Canada, and 2 years being international as an equity research analyst at NBK Capital in Dubai in the FIG group, covering the Middle East and North African region.
Entrepreneurial Experience: Co-founded a real estate holding and investment firm in Canada in my first year of university with funds I saved from working at a gas station. Went on to acquire, develop, and subsequently manage several apartment building while attending school full-time.
Extracurriculars: Co-founded the International Literacy Foundation in 2010, which is an international not-for-profit organization focused on literacy promotion. Have completed projects in Canada, Pakistan, and Kenya thus far which have revolved around refurbishing, renovating, and expanding libraries at orphanages and poorly funded schools. Additional extracurricular involvement includes being an advisor on the Sprott Investment Fund (Student-run endowment fund at undergrad university), in addition to being active as an undergrad in the finance and business clubs.
Post-MBA Career Goals: (Short-term): Real Estate Investment Banking, Real Estate Development. (Long-term): Continue building real estate development firm up into an actual business entity until the point where I can pursue a full-time role in the company.

Essentially I was wondering what you thought my chances were of admission to Columbia, NYU, Dartmouth, Cornell, Harvard, and Wharton are.

I was thinking I would push the real estate goals for schools like Wharton and Columbia, and maybe not so much for some of the other schools which are more general management oriented (Harvard, Dartmouth). I am looking forward to hearing back from you, and thank you for your time and consideration.
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Re: MBA Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2011, 10:57
I think you have a decent shot at a top school (although a school Columbia, Wharton or HBS may be a stretch). As you know, top business school programs are very competitive so, even with statistics that fall in the ranges, you will need to have a fantastic application (great essays and phenomenal LORs are a must) in order to get a spot!

I like everything I read about you, I just want you to realistically understand the situation! Another note of advice, I'd be honest about your goals in all of your applications - if you are passionate about Real Estate then it is fine to let this passion show in your application for all schools. Just keep in mind that many business programs treat RE as an asset (which it is!) and will focus on "asset valuation" rather than have programs geared towards treating RE any differently. I think this is a good approach for you as you begin your essays. RE can be your passion but you'll want to learn investing fundamentals and business fundamentals (and entrepreneurial/start-up fundamentals if you plan to start your own company!). Operations, strategy, marketing...all of this is essential whether RE is the asset you are selling/investing/buying or another company/stock/product!

As you are ahead of the game, right now I'd focus most strongly on doing a great job at work and cultivating relationships with the people who will serve as your recommenders. I really think that phenomenal recommendations make all the difference!

Jessica
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