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Profile Evaluation - Little bit of gray hair

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Profile Evaluation - Little bit of gray hair [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 08:59
Would love any thoughts on my profile. I'm worried that my no-name undergrad and age at matriculation (will be 29) will make things difficult. Thanks in advance!

1) Background/Experience: 27 y/o white male - grew up on a farm in the midwest. 2.5 years of Big 4 Accounting (Audit, promoted to Senior Associate), networked like crazy to get to M&A at a top middle market investment bank (Baird, HW&Co., Piper Jaffray) and spent 2.5 years there, will have 2 years of middle market private equity experience ($1 billion fund, currently only a few months in). Top rankings at each and should be able to get very good recs from partners/founders.
2) GMAT: Will be taking soon - shooting for 720+ based on practice exams
3) Undergrad: Lower tier (100 - 200 ranking on US News) state school, 4.0 GPA, triple major in Econ, Accounting, and Finance, graduated in 2007.
4) Extras: One year of varsity football (walk-on), officer of student investment fund and member of several clubs in college. After college, was a board member of non-profit with ~$3 million budget and member of a special committee that led a merger with another major non-profit. Other volunteer work with United Way.
5) Designations: CPA
6) Schools: Reach: Harvard, Stanford, Wharton. Target: Kellog, Booth, Columbia, Tuck. Others: Not sure - maybe Haas, Yale
7) Goal: Transition away from standard LBO into growth equity, with a particular focus on consumer businesses in emerging markets.
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Little bit of gray hair [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 10:08
I think you are fine. With regard to your specific concerns, I wouldn't worry about where you did your undergrad degree. You have a high gpa in quantitative subjects. So unless you went to school at some place that some guy set up in his garage or your school is known for heavy grade inflation, I wouldn't worry. And if you do achieve the 720+ on your GMAT, that will eliminate your concern largely.

With regard to your age, I wouldn't worry about that either. The average age at B schools is 27 or 28 at most schools, so one year above average age is non-negligible, and I don't think you need to defend it. also, you sound like you have good career progression, so it's not like you haven't been advancing since college.

Good luck.
Re: Profile Evaluation - Little bit of gray hair   [#permalink] 15 Oct 2012, 10:08
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