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Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10?

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Joined: 04 Jun 2012
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Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.18
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Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10? [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 16:13

Thank you very much for taking the time to do this. I am looking to apply for Fall 2013 entrance.

Undergrad: BA Accountancy, 2008, Top 35 business school
GPA: 3.18 (graduated in 3 years)

Grad: MS Taxation, 2012, Same school as undergrad.
GPA: 3.13 (completed part-time while working full-time)

GMAT: 710

Registered CPA in Massachusetts
Age: 25
Nationality: American (of Syrian descent)

Work Experience:
4 years work experience at Big 4 accounting firm. Experience in tax and audit. Promoted to Senior Associate and will have 2 years experience at that level upon entrance. Continuously gaining more leadership and responsibility roles within the firm. Heavily involved in campus recruiting and peer mentoring within firm. Selected as one of 3 associates to participate in National Leadership Adventure (program to recruit top intern candidates from around the country). Currently working in Financial Services but have experience in International consulting.

On the side, I am involved in various charitable organizations. Organizing a 2nd annual fundraiser to bring awareness to men's health. Organizing a Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament. Participate in other charitable organizations but have no official titles.

In college I had lots of involvement in our community service organization serving as a leader on the board. Heavily involved in athletics (and still am). Member of Accounting/Finance business fraternity and in a leadership role.

Essentially, I am still mulling Management Consulting or Finance (i-banking/i-management/PE) I am curious as to my chances of the following schools:

1: Harvard (dream)
2: Columbia (dream/reach)
3: MIT
4: NYU
5: Chicago
6: Northwestern
7: Duke

I know my GPA's were low but have various excuses/reasons to explain them such as having been diagnosed with a tumor and having massive surgery 2 weeks before a semester began and not missing a day.

Any advice will greatly help!

Thank you very much for your time.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10? [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2012, 09:29
To be honest, you may want to cut down on that list and add other schools where you'll be more competitive.

As a Big-4 audit guy, you're going to have a tough time at the top 8 schools:

HBS: long shot. You're up against too many bluer chip candidates (who have enough trouble getting in themselves). Also, they really like high GPAs (and while you have an explanation for your undergrad, you don't really have an excuse for your masters GPA which is basically the same, even if you said you were working full-time; too many "explanations" so to speak ).

Columbia, Sloan, Booth, Kellogg: stretches. You have an outside shot at these schools so it's worth at least applying to 2 of them. But you should look at other schools as well to better your odds.

Duke (and peer schools like Ross, Darden, Cornell, UCLA, Yale, NYU): these are sweet spots for you and where you'll likely have more luck. Focus on 3-4 from this list.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10?   [#permalink] 06 Jun 2012, 09:29
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