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Please evaluate my chances of getting into a Top 10 program

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Joined: 17 Apr 2012
Posts: 3
Location: United States
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.77
WE: Consulting (Telecommunications)
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Please evaluate my chances of getting into a Top 10 program [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2012, 07:00
Any honest feedback would be appreciated as I'm just getting started with my search.

I'm a 26 yr-old white male from northeast US. I majored in Finance from a top 15 US undergrad program (3.8 overall GPA, 3.9 major GPA). I took the GMAT once and got a 710 (Q47/76th percentile, V40/89th).

I've worked for 4 years; my first two years out of school I worked at a consulting firm performing M&A buy-side valuations. For the last two years, I've been in a large private equity owned company. First year was in a Corporate Strategy role, working on high priority analytical and operational projects across all divisions. I got promoted in 9 months and now work in a similar strategy role for a single business unit. In both roles, I have a number of success stories and aspects of the business I can point to and say I’ve had a direct impact on.
What I believe sets me apart is my general experience and my exposure to how the very top of a major corporation operates (both the good and the bad). Post MBA I would look to do mgmt. consulting with a longer term goal of private equity portfolio company operations.

I’ve worked 70-80 hr weeks my entire career, so I do not have any notable extracurricular activities.

The schools I’m currently targeting for R1 this fall (for fall 2013 entry) are Sloan, Columbia, HBS and Wharton. I’ll have at least two very strong reccs; one from current firm and one from my former firm. Also considering applying to Tuck, Berkeley and/or Fuqua (my list is still in development). Ideally I would like to be employed in Boston/NYC post MBA.

Please let me know your honest reactions to my profile and the schools I'm targeting. Thanks in advance for the help and advice! :)
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Joined: 06 Jun 2011
Posts: 149
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Schools: Anderson '15 (M)
GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V42
GPA: 3.5
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Re: Please evaluate my chances of getting into a Top 10 program [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2012, 08:39
Your profile looks very solid. HBS is hardly ever a given, but you have a great shot at your other target schools. Because of the ambiguity of admissions, I would also consider applying to Tuck and Fuqua, noting your post MBA preferences. Good luck!
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Posts: 300
Location: Kuwait
Schools: Sloan '16 (M)
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V37
GPA: 3.2
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Re: Please evaluate my chances of getting into a Top 10 program [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 11:17
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you should also check out Sandy's discussion on poets & quants on admission chances. Gave me some great perspective. At the end of the day, especially for HBS, its ~12% acceptance rate with a self selecting applicant pool. I think if you apply to Columbia EA and early within the rolling admissions cycle you have a good shot.

Good luck.
Re: Please evaluate my chances of getting into a Top 10 program   [#permalink] 18 Apr 2012, 11:17
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