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Profile Evaluation - Chinese/750 top schools within reach? [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2009, 05:39
Hi,
Thanks in advance for the feedback.
Here’s my info:

Male/30/Chinese citizen
BS in Accounting from a top Chinese university
GPA: 83/100 – which I’d say is a solid B equivalent
GMAT: 750 (51Q/40V/5AWA)
Experience – 4.5 years auditing in Big 4 firm; 4 years finance controller in large multi-national company, most of that time in managerial positions (1 year of that in Japan, managing team of 4 Japanese finance managers)
Extracurricular – minimal extracurricular involvement during undergrad – but should be taken in context of Chinese undergrad experience in late 90’s when extracurricular were still fairly nonexistent
Short term goals: corporate finance position in US headquarters of multi-national company
Long term goal: China/Asia CFO for multi-national company

Schools: Wharton, Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, NYU, Yale, Duke, UCLA (safety?)

NOTE: Unfortunately the earliest TOEFL exam I could register for is in late January which is past most of the second round admission deadlines. I plan on submitting all my other materials by the second round deadline but fear that without the TOEFL score my application won’t be considered until the third round.

Also my one ‘worry factor’ is my GPA from college. Should I write an ‘optional statement’ explaining this?

And of course I'm worried about my age, that I may be too old.

Thanks

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Re: Profile Evaluation - Chinese/750 top schools within reach? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2009, 20:36
foguru,

Your GMAT score takes care of any concerns they may have about your GPA, so don't worry about that. Your age is a minor negative -- something that needs explaining, but not a deal-breaker. Your leadership seems to be stellar, hopefully you have some outside of work as well (postcollege). One thing I notice is that your English seems to be quite fluent -- a big plus given that you are a native Chinese. Not sure HBS is quite in the cards (especially if you can't show 'well-roundedness' outside of work), but I would not discourage you from applying to any of these other schools. Duke and UCLA might well be safeties if your leadership is as strong as it appears to be and extends outside of work too.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - Chinese/750 top schools within reach? [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2010, 19:57
Dear Paul,

Thanks for your feedback 3 months ago and it was encouraging. I also bought your book about writing essays and found it helpful. Well, I managed to wrap up the applications in one month's time and applied to Wharton, Chicago, NYU, Yale and Duke for round 2. Now I have some results: got interview invites to all except Yale that has admitted enough Chinese students in R1. Rejected by Chicago, waitlisted by Wharton, and got into NYU. Because of my delayed toefl score Duke postponed my application to R3. I just received its interview invite but I am more excited about NYU. Do you have any insights on these two programs? I also don't know what the likelyhood it is to get into Wharton from the waitlist.

Thanks for your advice!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Chinese/750 top schools within reach? [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 09:16
foguru,

Congratulations on the NYU admit. Given your goals, even if Duke does admit you, I would think NYU would be your best-choice school. It's hard to estimate your chances of getting in off Wharton's waitlist because the number of applicants wait-listed varies from year to year and there's nothing you can do to improve your odds of getting off the list.

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Re: Profile Evaluation - Chinese/750 top schools within reach? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2010, 15:37
Dear Paul,

Just got into Duke in R3. I thought I would choose NYU in a heart beat because of its location, but now I am not 100% sure whether this reason is good enough. My post MBA goals are MNC headquarters finance role in the east coast of the US, or consulting. My background is 4.5yrs audit, 4 years MNC finance control in the Energy sector. Preferably will return to Energy but open to other sectors. I haven't visited Duke, but it seems I am attracted to the idea of a campus experience and more friendly students? I know I should probably pay to use your service for more questions but would really appreciate it if you could share some thoughts. You said in your last message that you think NYU would be my best choice regardless of the result from Duke. Can you tell me why? THANKS!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Chinese/750 top schools within reach? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2010, 17:47
I mentioned NYU because your goals are finance-related and NYU is an outstanding finance program. In terms of general brand, NYU is usually ranked ahead of Duke, but certainly you should go to the program that's more comfortable for you. Maybe take a closer look at the two schools top employers and see if that helps you choose.

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