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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, 01:32
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

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:


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 18 Apr 2013, 11:06
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Thanks for posting. You do have a very strong candidacy.

Regarding your GMAT, it is possible to be accepted into a business school with sub-700 GMAT score. As an example, here is a case study of a candidate who was accepted into Columbia: ... -the-gmat/

For your specific questions about your application and HBS and Stanford, I recommend you visit here for a free 30 minute phone consultation, as this can be more easily discussed over the phone:

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Re: Profile Evaluation - Low GMAT but legacy   [#permalink] 18 Apr 2013, 11:06
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