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Profile Eval: GMAT 700, GPA 3.3, CPA

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Profile Eval: GMAT 700, GPA 3.3, CPA [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 05:45
Hi,

I would appreciate a profile evaluation and thoughts on target schools....

Age: 28 (at matriculation)
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: USA
GMAT: 700 (Q 46 (73%) V 40 (89%)
GPA: 3.3 (Reputable small private school), major in accountancy
CPA (did a few rotations with audit group)
WE 1: 4 Years Advisory Services for Top International Public Accounting Firm (just below big 4 in revenues). Plenty of experience working in teams, leading/supervising others
WE 2: 2 Years Sr. Internal Audit at large health system (interest in pursuing career in Healthcare, so made the switch - will be major theme in applications)
Extra Curric: Average

Targets Schools:

Kellogg
Wharton
Chicago
Tuck
Darden
Duke
Cornell

Thanks...
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Re: Profile Eval: GMAT 700, GPA 3.3, CPA [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2011, 20:45
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Hello Randolph, thanks for your question.

Your quantitative GMAT score is slightly low (80% is the general threshold for top programs), but certainly that is not a huge problem. Some might consider your GPA a tad low, but it depends on the specific programs.

I think your competitiveness will come down to the quality of your leadership experience in and out of work. Can you draw upon “moments” when you truly led: influenced individuals and organizations, drove results, took initiative? This is where you will have to truly differentiate yourself. And, to the degree that you can call on solid leadership experience in your extracurriculars, the more convincing a case you will make.

It’s hard to handicap your chances without detailed information about your experience (in and out of work). I think Wharton might be a slight reach, but if you pull together compelling essays, I think you could have a shot at any of the schools you list. That said, you may also want to supplement the list with some safer choices, just in case.

Best of luck,
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