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Joined: 31 Aug 2011
Posts: 6
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V44
GPA: 3.02
WE: Asset Management (Venture Capital)
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Kudos [?]: 6 [1] , given: 0

Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2011, 06:41
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Basics:
Age: 27
Sex: Male
Race: Half white/ half chinese mix (I only speak English)
Nationality: USA
GMAT: 760 (97% verbal, 86% quant) 6.0 AWA
GPA: 3.0 at MIT in Civil Engineering
GPA description: I did terrible in engineering (I should have switched majors but it was too late), but took six business electives and earned 3.7. My GPA also improved from 2.7 to 3.2 from Freshman/soft to junior/senior.
GPA mitigants: Completed all 3 levels of CFA, took MBA accounting course at UConn and got an A
Background: Grew up in rural Northern California with a single mother on welfare (incorporated in my essays)

Work Experience (recent first):
-4 years of private equity fund-of-funds experience as an Associate at a top institutional investor, committed $668 million in total
-1 year of consulting for the defense sector at top-5 consulting firm, promoted rapidly
Note that I am positioning my work experience as Investment Management vs. PE (it could classify either way because I invest in private equity funds) because I hope the applicant pool is less strong in Investment Management than in PE

Extracurricular (very weak here):
-I am currently a part-time pro-bono strategic consulting for small non-profit organizations, worked on two projects in the last year

Goals:
-My current employer is a leader in corporate social responsibility in US and Europe, and I want to continue to help the investment management field develop in a socially responsible way

My reccs will likely be standard.

My profile evaluation questions:
1) What racial category will I be put in? White, Chinese, White & Chinese, other? Does it make sense to report my race? Do I have any flexibility here?
2) I am applying to six schools in Round 1: Columbia (Early Decision), Wharton, HBS, Booth, Yale and NYU. What are my chances of admission?
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2011, 21:39
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Hello sir,
Allright you have a great profile, and super GMAT... Your GPA is a bit off, but you have as I can see good stories to explain that, so you are covered there, and the single mother on welfare story might also come in useful.
Actually in reading your profile, one interesting area which you could integrate (or even make into) your goals is the corporate social responsibility. Its not for every candidate, but you DO seem to have the background.

As for your six R1 schools, they seem like good ones. The list is varied, and with a great app and your 760 you should be fine and dandy, although you may want to add 2-3 more for R2 to maximize your choices.
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Joined: 31 Aug 2011
Posts: 6
Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
GMAT 1: 760 Q49 V44
GPA: 3.02
WE: Asset Management (Venture Capital)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0

Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2011, 06:35
Thanks for the tips! CSR is my ticket to differentiation in a sea of applicants that look just like me. In the wake of the financial crisis, seems that most schools have some sort of program dedicated to business and ethics.

Did you have any thoughts about what racial category I will be put in? I suppose either way - White, Chinese, White & Chinese - I'm still in the most competitive categories :)
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Re: Profile evaluation request [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 22:50
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I would put both for diversity reasons, but I think there's not necessarily any statistical advantage there
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