I am a recent college graduate and am taking a year off to prepare for Masters in Finance programs next year and am trying to narrow down my choices. I have read a lot of posts here and I just want some advice on what my chances are for the goals I have outlined for myself.
I graduated in May 2014 as I earlier indicated with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Political Science from a non-target(UT Dallas).
Academic Profile: I am an international student and am back in India taking my year off. My GPA is 3.85 and I graduated with Latin Honors. I have not taken the GR yet but have been consistently scoring 160 on practice tests. I have written an academic paper and a senior thesis and take multiple classes in the Honors College. I was selected for a super competitive fellowship to take in classes in Washington D.C. Currently learning programming and German
Work experience: I have worked for a small business, worked as a student worker at the school and interned for one of the best lobbying firms in the nation. I am currently working on my own business doing market research and product sales here in Asia. Also I have held other student leadership positions and done so fundraising work for my fraternity's national office.
Extracurricular: Last year I volunteered more than 100 hours. I have been the Student Government President University at my university and held many leadership positions on a state level working with administrators and government officials. I was part of a fraternity, held many leadership positions nationally and at my college. I was selected to be a part of many honor societies in college. Also I am recipient of many scholarships and leadership awards. I have worked with the Clinton Foundation and am currently teaching kids English in India.
Constraints: No finance related internship experience. Also my family is not very well off and I paid through undergrad and doubt they will be able to support me much for grad school.
Goals: My story tells me I am made for S&T and I can probably prove that to many schools. I would like to work in NY but I am fine with a good opportunity in most places.
Schools: Boston College, Vanderbilt, Rochester, Ohio State, Duke, SSE, Villanova primarily.
Question: I would love to know what my chances are of getting into these schools. I would obviously love to go the best school possible but my financial constraints trump that. I would love to hear the school among these who would offer me a spot and the best financial package.
I would be really grateful for all your help and advice and it can really help me in this mad search. Thank you very much for your time!
Strong profile. Assuming you score mid to high 600's I can see you getting into all the main programs. Better GMAT/GRE, better scholarship money you'll get. I'd also look at Michigan, Notre Dame and Northwestern if you are looking at Duke. Look at USC, Claremont, WUSTL also if doing the MSF.
Assuming you score very well on the GMAT/GRE I think you'd have a chance at MIT also. UTD is a good school, strong GPA, love the EC's and the Clinton Foundation. You're in a very good spot.
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