Hi, please assess my changes to the following following schools I'm applying to this fall:
Haas, Anderson, Stanford, Michigan, Chicago, Tuck, Yale
- Age: 28
- Education: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, BBA (GPA: 3.44 / 4.00)
- Economics minor
- Work: - 5 years at Ernst & Young LLP
- Currently a manager in the San Francisco office.
- 3 of which was in public accounting
- 2 years in M&A financial due diligence (Actg. consulting)
- Have maintained the highest personnel rating since joining.
- GMAT: 690 (Q47, V37)
- Prof. Certs: Currently a CPA
- ECs: Have done some volunteer work in my hometown the past two years. Have also done numerous events at Ernst & Young.
You gave me the bare-bones data, and, as you know, you will need to work in some strong personal & community stories (and I do mean stories, not just facts) to break into the top schools, but based on what I have I would say Stanford and Tuck would be very long shots (assuming you have nothing really strong/unusual that you failed to mention). You have a shot at the remaining schools, that is, they lie somewhere between "competitive" and "long shot" for you in my opinion. This is a conservative estimation on my part since I don't know your story. If there's something compelling about your personal or professional story your odds at these schools would improve. Anderson and Yale might be your best shots. There's nothing "wrong" with your profile, I just don't see the distinctiveness than be help you stand out -- break out of the pack.
Paul Bodine /
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