Your GMAT certainly puts you in the running for any top business school. But it's important to remember how GMAT is used: not as something to be maximized for its own sake, but rather as something to be used to minimize the risk of academic stress/failure from the curriculum. In short: while all things being equal, a better GMAT never hurts -- it's extremely rare that all things are equal. Clearly your academics would indicate that you would be able to handle the work any of those programs would throw out you. But unfortunately that fact in and of itself will not prove sufficient (though it certainly is not in the slightest a hindrance, of course).
So, where does that leave us? It's curious that your portfolio of schools is tiered the way it is: on what basis are you inferring any kind of an actionable distinction between any of the schools in your list? They are all excellent - and excellence converges (a insight that is entirely too often overlooked by applicants!) You should be happy and would have an amazing experience and education at any of those institutions, assuming you are admitted. I'll also observe that your implicit "if I can't get one of these schools, I won't do this" attitude is distressingly close to being extremely cynical. Slightly worrisome (though to be fair to you, you were jotting a posting, not drafting essays, which are more thoughtful) is your 'charitable society' -- you assume the fact that you have done this is a mark of public virtue and yet don't address at all how odd it is that you didn't share your motives in chosing that organization (among many, many other worthy ones).
This, coupled with the slight logical tension between self-declarations of being 'top talent' on the one hand, and on the other the fact that you don't like being an "HR Specialist" -- would suggest that you are conceptualizing the MBA as salvation from where you are currently. (Anyone in Admissions Consulting will have seen this phenomenon countless times) You have a dream, and you want HBS Wharton or Booth to grant it. But unfortunately, that's not how it works.
I would suggest that you figure out what you want from your MBA. (You may well know quite vividly; but if so, you certainly didn't share any of that here!) I read your profile and see you taking pains to present that you are academically qualified and yet in the next breath indirectly admitting that you are at the very beginning of this process, for you haven't really thought about what the MBA is, how it works and how it might fit into you plan. You simply seem to "know" that people who have them tend to be successful -- and that superficial level of reasoning seems to be good enough for you.
The schools you have listed assume academic competence. But they can also afford to be picky in areas of character, wisdom & judgment (which are distinctly less evident here - which is NOT to say that you are not MBA material).
This may seem stern, but you need to know now, before you apply so that you can set yourself the task of figuring out who you are, and how where you have been has shaped your understanding of where you wish to go - and how that prestige MBA will help you on that journey. They don't have to -- and generally don't -- offer admission to people who while bright are unfocused and haven't undertaken the introspection to figure out their motives for themselves. If you don't understand yourself why you are doing this, how on earth would you think you could convince someone who doesn't know you?
(The good news is: many candidates I've worked with have started similar to you "Wanting" that MBA. A good consultant can help you refined that want into a well thought out plan that isn't even too self-serving. So don't despair, but do realize: the process, terrain and strategy are appreciably different from what I would guess you believe they are -- and such a mis-match is hardly an auspicious indication that you'll succeed.)
Call us at Veritas
, we can help you - but it might take longer than being able to do so for round 2, to judge from how early stage your thinking seems to be.
Good luck! and thank you for your time.
Darren Kowitt (Columbia '97)
Veritas Prep | Admissions Consultant
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