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Profile Evaluation - Low GMAT but legacy

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Profile Evaluation - Low GMAT but legacy [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2013, 01:31
Please evaluate my profile:

African (American) Male - was born and lived in Africa until college but a US citizen - underrepresented minority

GPA: 3.6 from Ivy (Columbia) - Magna Cum Laude - Distinction in Major - Dean's List many semesters + other awards - also, I had a bad freshman year (3.2 GPA) and upped my gpa every year (3.98 final semester) - Fulbright scholar

Double Major: Philosophy and Cultural Studies - Graduated #1 in my class for Cultural Studies amongst 100+ students

GMAT: 680 - Quant 48 - Verbal 35 (Did it three times but I just couldn't up my verbal score) - I am dyslexic (my reading is really affected when i'm under pressure) but for my writing courses in college I had a cumulative 3.85 gpa

WE: 3 years at a $2BN equity hedge fund - promoted twice - moved back to Africa to work with family business 6 months ago (energy consulting firm)

Goals after business school: Africa focused venture capital

Extra-curriculars:
In college - president and chairman of 2 cultural groups - philanthropy chair of my fraternity - soup kitchen volunteer for homeless
Since college: Toastmasters (Vice President) - mentor to young aspiring African college graduates - scuba diver (qualified scuba diving instructor) - events planner for college alumni events

Other: My father and brother attended HBS and my mother has a masters in international relations from Stanford.

I am considering applying to:

HBS
Stanford
Wharton
Columbia

My questions specifically: What of my odds of getting into HBS and Stanford GSB given that I am a direct legacy at HBS and a quasi legacy at Stanford GSB? And what are my chances at Columbia seeing as I went there for undergrad? (I've heard Columbia does not like repeat students)
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GMAT but legacy [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2013, 10:24
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Generally, I recommend people do not double dip at their UG alma mater for b-school. Think about it--you already have access to the Columbia network of alumni, so going somewhere else could effectively double your network or more depending on where you go. I think you have a good shot at these top schools mostly based on your unique background and under-represented minority status with top credentials. Interesting that your verbal was lower even though you would be considered a "poet" by your education, but not to worry, schools are generally more interested in your math abilities than your verbal abilities in my experience. Your work history will grab their attention and the fact your post MBA vision ties into your past will help. Be passionate and I am sure a well written application will compel them to invite you for interviews, where you will have your shot at the "bigs"
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