Target schools: Columbia, NYU, Wharton
Age: 29 (30 upon matriculation)
Nationality/Race: White Male
GMAT: 770 (Q49, V47, AWA 6.0)
- 3.3 GPA at a top 20-40 U.S. public
- Relatively low GPA (sub 3.0) in years 1-2, but 3.6 and 3.8 in years 3 and 4 respectively
- Degree/Major: BBA/Management Information Systems
- 7.5 years in the advisory function of a Big 4 accounting firm
- Primarily work with enterprise risk management for financial services clients
- Currently hold Manager title, and lead teams of up to 12 people (varies by project)
- Actively involved in facilitating training, including international sessions in India
- Serve on regional volunteerism committee at my firm
- Outside of that role, also organized several community service activities in the past few years
- In college, co-founded a club sports team and served as treasurer
- Avid micro-brewer, runner, and snowboarder
- CFA Level 2 candidate
- Letters of recommendation should be very strong
Motivation for MBA: In the past year or so, I began working with my firm's securitization practice. Prior to that time, I had worked primarily with risk management at financial institutions. Going forward, I would like to move beyond compliance and operational securitization services, and begin to lead projects related to transaction structuring, valuation, etc. I see the MBA as a way for me to gain both the finance and organizational leadership experience necessary to succeed in that role and to make me a stronger partner candidate eventually.
I am applying to NYU prior to the 1/15 R2 deadline. I am also applying to Columbia regular decision by 1/15. These applications are essentially ready to go, with the exception of one letter of recommendation. I also considering applying to Wharton in R3. Based on my practice GMAT scores, I did not initially consider Wharton a feasible option, but with a 99th percentile score on my recent exam, I am reconsidering.
Now for my questions:
1) Based on my profile, is it reasonable to apply to Wharton in R3? I understand that the round is a bit of a lottery.
2) Is a Columbia regular decision app submitted in early January essentially equivalent to a R2 app at most schools?
3) In your opinion, are my target schools reasonable based on my profile? One last sanity check would be greatly appreciated.
Congrats on that GMAT! To answer your questions:
1) It is a bit of lottery, but it is also reasonable for you to apply. They don't have it to reject everyone.
2) Yes, you can look at it that way.
3) Yes. I think you are applying appropriately. With good essays, recs, and interviews, I think you will be in b-school come fall.
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