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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 17 May 2012, 08:59
Hi,
I would like to get a profile evaluation when you have get a chance. I am an international interested in U.S. business schools and plan to matriculate in Fall 2013. My profile is as follows:

Age: 30 years at matriculation (in fall 2013)

Gender: Male

Nationality: South Asian (not India), currently living in my home country

Education
Completed till high school in my home country
Undergraduate: Bachelors in Economics from Top 50 U.S. liberal arts college (near the bottom of the top 50 as per U.S. News) - GPA 3.5
Graduate: Masters in Statistics from Big 10 school - GPA 3.2

GMAT: 760 (Q50, V42)

Work Experience
WE1: Two years as an analyst in the credit card division of a financial services company in the U.S. (think US Bank, Capital One)
WE2: Three years as an entrepreneur. I came back to my home country and started an import/export business with my brother as my partner. After a good couple of years the business is sort of stagnating and we are planning to shut it down within a year. (My official title is Managing Director, which I of course gave myself 8-) )

Goals
I plan to get into management consulting after completing my MBA. In the long term I hope to get back into entrepreneurship, but with some more solid experience.

Extracurriculars
During college: Quite strong. I was a member of several clubs, including some major leadership positions. I also founded a club myself. And I also was a member of a fraternity - not sure if that matters.

Target Schools
Although I would like to get into the best school I can, I would strongly prefer programs that are more collaborative rather than competitive. I also plan to focus on general management. Schools I would like to target include:
- Harvard
- Wharton
- Kellogg
- Tuck
- Ross
- Darden
- Fuqua
- Johnson

I am honestly a bit unsure of which schools I can consider as my "target" schools and which would be "stretch" schools for me. I understand that H/S/W are usually stretch schools or "long shots" for everyone. But after that tier, would places like Kellogg and Tuck be closer to "stretch" schools for me or "targets"? And which schools could I consider as safeties?

Thank you in advance for your help and advice.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 17 May 2012, 15:29
Schools such as Kellogg, Tuck, Sloan, Booth, Columbia and Haas are stretches - but reasonable stretches (i.e. choose 2-3 from this list).

Sweet spots are Ross, Darden, Duke, Cornell, Yale, NYU, UCLA (choose 3-4 from this list).

Safeties will be outside the top 16 such as Tepper, Georgetown, Texas, UNC, USC, Emory, Indiana, Purdue, etc. Choose 0-1 from this list (whether you feel it's worth it for you is a personal decision).

Again, nothing wrong with you - it's just comes down to how you stack up against other applicants who are also applying (and no it has nothing to do with "weaknesses" since all applicants aren't perfect, and it's not about perfection).
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