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profile evaluation for top schools [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2010, 14:01
Hi Alex,

Would really appreciate a profile eval:

25 / male/ Chinese (US Citizen)

Undergrad: 3.95 GPA at Ivy League (heavy grade inflation), Econ/Math major
GMAT: 760

Work Experience:
1.3 years at a respected economic consulting firm (e.g. NERA / LECG / Analysis Group)
2.5 years as a developer in the renewable energy sector (helping develop solar energy projects)

Extracurriculars:
Some okay ones during undergrad, nothing special afterwards

Targets: (in order of preference)
Round 1:
Stanford / HBS / Haas

Round 2:
Wharton / Columbia / MIT

Round 3:
NYU

I've really gained an interest in the renewable energy sector and post-MBA i'm either going back into development (maybe a different power source such as wind or geothermal) or VC. I think I'm interested in VC more but I know I don't have the traditional ibd or start-up experience, however during my span in econ consulting I performed a lot of DCF/LBO/valuation models. If I can't get into VC then I'll probably go back into development.

Is my school selection too narrow? Should I add a safety in there? I know NYU shouldn't really count as a safety but I really think i stand a good chance at Haas given their emphasize on sustainable development.

Thanks!
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Re: profile evaluation for top schools [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2010, 07:54
You're applying to the right range of schools. Yes, there are no safeties in there, but my hunch is that you're in a position where the kinds of schools that would be safeties (outside the top 16) are schools you won't feel worthwhile going anyways, so you're essentially going to focus on the top 16 anyhow.

You've chosen the right range of schools, so it's just a matter of getting the apps done to the best of your ability and hoping for the best.
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Re: profile evaluation for top schools   [#permalink] 21 Oct 2010, 07:54
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