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Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10?

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Status: Applying
Joined: 04 Jun 2012
Posts: 68
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.18
WE: Accounting (Accounting)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 1

Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10? [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2012, 16:14
Hello,

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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Detail: MBA admissions help
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Strategy
Schools: Northwestern (Kellogg) - Class of 2000
GMAT 1: Q V
GPA: 3.9
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10? [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 04:58
hi there futurebostonMBA,
In my judgment, your chances into a top 10 are reasonable. bear in mind, however, i feel there is a lot of variance even among the top 10 with HBS, S and W being a fair degree harder to get into than the bottom of the top 10.

Your GPA and GMAT are ok. the GMAT feels a little low, but i don't know what kind of trajectory you were on (first year grades vs. final year grades), and I don't know the V / Q mix of your GMAT. But presuming those things are OK, your GPA is not bad. It'll be tough at HBS or S, but you might be on the border at a place like Columbia or Chicago.

Your biggest challenge is that you're very typical of the type of person who applies. This is both good and bad. good, in that you present very little career risk. Your career goals are at the right altitude and with a CPA and MBA, there's no doubt you'd get hired into fin svcs no problem (unless you lack basic comm skills, which doesn't appeaer to be the case). your intellect demonstrates you'd prbly be able to handle the courseload.

the challenge, however, is separating yourself from the hundreds of other CPAs who want to move more into general mgmt via an MBA. what sets you apart? it won't be your grades, so is it your team skills? leadership potential? ambition? very often, the adcom will fill slots with these candds, but they'll choose the best of the bunch. same background / credentials as you, but with better numbers and better undergrads.

like i said...you're a realistic shot into a top 10. a place like columbia or HBS you're on the border to low side. and be sure to address your real challenge, which is to find a way to differentiate yourself from your counterparts.

hope this helps,
-james young
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Status: Applying
Joined: 04 Jun 2012
Posts: 68
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 710 Q47 V40
GPA: 3.18
WE: Accounting (Accounting)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 21 [0], given: 1

Re: Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10? [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2012, 05:07
Thanks James! That does help and I did assume I was pretty much in the middle of the pack in terms of qualifications. I am going to have to write some killer essays.
Re: Profile Evaluation - Chances of top 10?   [#permalink] 05 Jun 2012, 05:07
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