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Profile evaluation/ Help with school choices [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2008, 20:20
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Re: Profile evaluation/ Help with school choices [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2008, 16:45
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Your work experience is solid, though not breathtaking even given the fast-tracking (I say not breathtaking because you didn't mention much leadership). What makes your profile more compelling is the board role for the nursing home, the 750 GMAT combined with nice GPA, and to a lesser extent the Chinese-Canadian 'diversity' aspect. If you can show them how your career track has actually given you lots of leadership opportunities which you have taken advantage of to achieve unusual impact then you may have a shot at Tuck. I would call a "semi-competitive" candidate there, because your have a profile that is not sufficiently unusual or breathtaking enough for me to make a hard bet on your admission. I think you can be reasonably optimistic that Yale or Duke (or both) will admit you. Of the 4 schools you named, I think Chicago and Wharton are your best shots, perhaps Chicago more than Wharton and Tuck.

I don't see how the "IT within finance" helps you because it actually dilutes the career-switch reason that helps make your Why I Need an MBA argument compelling. Your "weakness" is your IT background (weak because so common, so few managerial opportunities). The "IT within finance" goal seems to underline that weakness to me.

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Re: Profile evaluation/ Help with school choices [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2008, 19:37
Paul,
Thanks for your reply. Just out of curiosity why do you think I will have a better chance in Chicago and Wharton than Columbia and Tuck. I can probably see why for Chicago (the more quantitative approach?), but I thought Columbia is often treat as a backup to Wharton (both are finance schools). Combined with its early decision round advantage, it should be easier to get in?

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Re: Profile evaluation/ Help with school choices [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2008, 10:34
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kidmann,

I mentioned Chicago and Wharton over CBS and Tuck just on a gut level based on your profile, nothing scientific. CBS is hardly a "backup" for Wharton; if anything it's tougher to get into, but I don't recall the selectivity rate for its Early Decision round -- that could improve your odds. I consider all four schools to be roughly equivalent in terms of admissions difficulty, however.

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Re: Profile evaluation/ Help with school choices [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2008, 19:08
I see. Just one more question Paul, do you foresee next year admission will be significantly tougher because of the economy (i.e. all the sharks from IB will be applying because of the layoff)? Or is it going to be just another year?
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Re: Profile evaluation/ Help with school choices [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2008, 08:31
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I think we can expect a tougher year in the sense of more applicants, more competition.
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