I actually like your profile for several reasons: 1) you are approaching Wharton from a different angle, leveraging your language skills and academic prowess (GPA is fine, a little low based on averages, but top 20 school will be big plus). 2) Joint program gets special attention from admissions, at which time they will likely pay more attention to your legacy status. By chance is your father a donor? It would help if he is--not that it's pay to play, but it shows commitment to the school and a tradition of support, which is important to the ivys in particular. 3) you are "nice and young" and going back to school at a time which is most common for people in your industry. This will communicate that you have done well and are being encouraged by your firm to go to school instead of them perceiving you as not having the right stuff. IN other words, your timing is like a vote of confidence in a way from your firm. 4) your story and goals are backed up by your having worked abroad and having 2nd language skills. This is unusual for a white male from the US. Finally, I like that you have also targeted other top schools that don't get as many applications such as Ross and Stern. Great schools, and a little more off the radar than Wharton of course. This tells me you are mature and realistic. Even the best candidates get rejected from Wharton due to the sheer numbers. Wharton says 80% of their applicants are qualified to attend, and we all know how many end up getting accepted. You as a math whiz seem to have figured out you need a backup plan. Let us know if we can help you pull things together.
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