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Profile evaluation & application strategy [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 04:21
First of all let me start by saying that this forum is just absolutely great. Thanks to everyone who shares their tips and advice!

I am in the process of applying to schools in R2. Below is a summary of my profile:-

1. GMAT- 740 (Q 50, V 40). 2nd attempt
2. Indian national. Done my university in top Singapore univ under scholarship. Major in engineering & minor in business. Graduated First Class (don't have a GPA score but equivalent to summa cum laude)
3. Management associate at top bank with experience largely in product mgmt, biz development & marketing. 3.5 yrs of work ex currently.
4. Strong extra-curriculars in univ- biz plan competitions, univ debater, club president etc. At work- Organized a number of bankwide events for a year. Involved in community activities.

Career plan- work in consulting in medium term, eventually starting my own venture.

I am planning to apply to these schools currently:-
Wharton, Booth, Columbia, Kellogg, Tuck, Haas, Ross

(Don't want to go to LBS & Insead, only US schools!)

I am not applying to HBS (since I feel I don't have too much of a chance) and Stanford (low acceptance rates).

Would appreciate if someone could help me on these Q's:-

a) Given my profile, how many of the top schools should I apply to have at least a 80-90% chance of getting into one of them? Is 4-5 usually enough or is the ideal number 6-7?
b) If the answer to (a) is more than 4, I would like to know which schools to apply to outside of Wharton, Booth, Columbia & Kellogg?

Thanks a lot.
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Re: Profile evaluation & application strategy [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 11:15
hi

you seem to have a good overall profile. well balanced, good GPA, good GMAT. unfortunately, there is no way to quantify what your chances are anywhere, since we don't know how the adcom will view your profile. also, a lot of it depends on your LORs and essays. on paper, you could have the best statistics, but if you dont convey your message well through your essays, it won't matter how good your GMAT, GPA, WE are.

the only other advice i would say is to go into detail and do research on your targeted schools. 7 schools seems a bit high to me, but others have applied to more (which i think is a waste). i'd say 4 or 5 schools - done carefully and thoughtfully - should be all you need.
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Re: Profile evaluation & application strategy [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 12:22
You do have a pretty well rounded application which would get a good look. Outside of what Shadow said about writing solid essays, you should also look at which schools have essays topics that fit you AND diversify your schools for some schools where you have a higher chance of acceptance if you're deadset on attending 2010.

Schools such has Haas and Tuck have a low acceptance rate because of the small class, so you can probably hedge your risk there by applying to only 1, same with Wharton,CBS,Booth Probably pick 2 of those.

Ross is your best bet right now but it still has a fairly low acceptance rate so you can probably concider schools like TEPPER, Texas, UNC as backups.

Unfortunately you are international which makes it a little bit more difficult applicant pool and if you want close to a guarentee, you will need to aim slightly lower schools.
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Re: Profile evaluation & application strategy [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2009, 16:16
Thanks. How about Sloan- is it harder to get in compared to Wharton/Booth/Columbia?
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