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Profile Assessment for McCombs, Columbia, Yale, Rice, A&M [#permalink]
27 Aug 2012, 12:22
Hi Stacy and thank you for your time.
I am currently considering applying to MBA programs in the U.S. and I am wondering if anyone had any idea what are my chances for McCombs, Columbia, Yale and Rice
Work Experience: 1.5 yr today but it will be 2.5 yr when I intend to start a MBA program. I think it is my most notable shortcomings. All the programs I mention have median work experience of 5 yr (which to be honest seems a lot to me). 1. 1 year in energy structured finance in London with a major European bank 2. 6 months in DCM in London with another major European bank (current job) 3. 1 summer internship in Frankfurt in equity research with another European bank All the jobs were fairly quantitative and modelling-intensive however it is neither M&A nor trading, which sound much sexier on a resume I guess
Education: Top university in continental Europe (5 yr program for a combined bachelor + master, but it's just the way university is in continental Europe). GPA equivalent is 3.3-3.5 (it actually makes little sense given the grading scale in continental Europe is just way too different than in the U.S.) Spent a full year as an exchange student at a Top 25 university in the U.S. (think Emory, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame)
Extracurricular: Founded a business-centered club in my university but nothing much to show though. Was also an eagle scout in my country for a very long time and organized some summer camps but it was a long time ago
GMAT/GRE: I took the GRE and did quite well 98th quant percentile and 96th verbal percentile. UT Austin and Texas A&M accept the GRE but not Rice. I'll take the GMAT in September and hope to get 720/730. Should I also use my gmat scores when I apply to UT and A&M? I heard the GRE is not really respected by b-schools even though the accept it.
TOELF: Did very well too (98th percentile).
Recommendations: My manager, my manager from my energy structured finance job and my former manager from my summer internship (will it look bad and stress the fact I am still quite inexperienced vs other candidates?)
Essays: I'll talk about my goal to work in the energy industry in Texas/Louisiana, hence the focus on Texas MBAs.